All spectators at Rally Estonia are obligated to wear a mask at all times during the event in all spectator areas for the purpose of curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
As a result of deliberations between Tiia Luht, head of the southern regional department of the Health Board, and the managing team for Rally Estonia, it was decided that wearing a mask would be made mandatory to spectators, representatives of Rally Estonia told BNS on Thursday.
The team also urges people not to attend the event while sick and recommends visitors to remain with their group, disinfect their hands and refrain from socializing with others.
Face masks will be distributed to rallygoers with an event pass at the entrances to spectator areas; however, the organizers recommend visitors bring their own mask to facilitate and expedite entry into the area.
"If it is our shared wish to see Estonia's first WRC rally carried out with spectators, wearing a mask is an absolute necessity at the rally," Rally Estonia director Urmo Aava said.
Tiia Luht, the head of the Health Board's southern regional department, added the Health Board in cooperation with rally organizers have planned in detail visitors' entry into the event area for the purpose of curbing virus spread.
"The first thing is hand disinfection, followed by the visitor walking for 30 seconds. Then they will be handed a mask and only after that will their rally pass be checked. The 30-second walk is for their hands to become dry and the disinfectant to take effect. We have also thought through the locations of hand sanitation stations and toilets," she said.
The obligations and recommendations geared at curbing the spread of the coronavirus apply to everyone with a rally pass and access to parking and spectator areas.
Editor: Helen Wright