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Media Statement – COVID-19 and Round 1, Morgan Park   
Story By: Administrator  Date: 17/03/2020 at 1:30:48 PM 
Organisers of the Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS) have announced Round 1 of the 2020 Australian Formula 3 Championship, to be held Morgan Park on 3-5 April, will continue as planned but will incorporate targeted strategies to minimise the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus.

The most prominent of these measures will be a strict restriction on the number of people permitted to enter the venue, to ensure compliance with government directives to avoid holding events with more than 500 people in the same location.

Only drivers and their essential crew members, officials, event staff and media will be present at the event; the circuit will not be open to members of the general public.

Additionally, AMRS management together with Morgan Park staff have adopted measures such as enhanced cleaning of bathrooms and food areas, and the provision of hygiene stations with hand sanitisers.

AMRS Series Manager Matt Baragwanath said the objective has been to ensure competitors could continue to enjoy their motorsport participation, in a manner responsible to the wider community.

“We are of the belief that motorsport competition should continue wherever possible, and we recognise the importance of AMRS-level motorsport events in generating employment for mechanics and other essential team personnel,” Mr Baragwanath said.

“However, we also acknowledge the seriousness of the COVID-19 virus, as has been demonstrated by the directives of State and Federal Governments to avoid large and concentrated gatherings of people.

“While this unfortunately means the AMRS Morgan Park round will not be open to viewing by the general public, the silver lining is that enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the event via our live streaming platform, and it gives us the opportunity to try some initiatives aimed at enhancing fan engagement through our online platforms.”

Mr Baragwanath also called upon competitors, category managers, officials and other personnel to exercise self-responsibility during the event.

“In line with the guidelines provided by health authorities, we will be asking all attendees at Morgan Park to avoid unnecessary physical contact with one another, to use the hygiene stations provided, and to not attend the venue at all if they are unwell,” he said.

“Like everyone else, we hope the measures we have implemented for this round will only be temporary, and we can return to holding publicly-accessible events in the near future,” Mr Baragwanath concluded.

Category manager Ian Richards echoed Baragwanath's sentiments. "It is great to still have the opportunity to go racing at this stage when so many other series have been called off to don't, though we understand that this is a very fluid situation changing by the day."

"Should things change then we will play that hand when dealt with it" Richards added, "For now though we are getting ready to go racing."

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