Australian Grand Prix cancelled due to COVID-19 travel rules

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By Euronews with AP  •  Updated: 06/07/2021 - 07:40

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Coronavirus measures person caused the Australian Grand Prix to beryllium cancelled erstwhile again   -   Copyright  AP Photo/Darko Bandic

The Australian Grand Prix has been canceled aft organisers and Formula One couldn't travel up with a compromise implicit Australia's strict COVID-19 question and quarantine measures.

The contention was postponed from its archetypal season-opening spot connected the F1 calendar connected March 21 and had been rescheduled for November 19.

The 2020 Australian GP astatine the Albert Park thoroughfare circuit successful Melbourne past March was called disconnected astatine the past infinitesimal astatine the commencement of the coronavirus pandemic shutdown.

Victorian Sports Minister Martin Pakula and Australian Grand Prix main enforcement Andrew Westacott made the announcement connected Tuesday.

But Victorian authorities Premier Daniel Andrews each but confirmed its cancellation earlier successful the day, saying moving specified ample events is “very challenging” fixed Australia’s debased vaccination complaint and planetary question restrictions.

“When you’ve halved the fig of radical coming into the country, erstwhile you’ve got 10 percent of radical vaccinated erstwhile you privation and request 70 oregon 80 percent to person had the jab, we’re not astatine that point,” Andrews said.

“The timing doesn’t rather enactment up, and that makes it very, precise challenging.”

Australia already has immoderate of the world’s tightest borderline restrictions aimed astatine keeping COVID-19 retired of the country.

Last week the authorities halved the headdress connected however galore radical could participate the state each time to 3,000 to easiness unit connected hotels utilized for quarantining.

Some 34,000 Australian citizens and imperishable residents are stranded overseas and registered with the authorities arsenic wanting to travel home.

The Australian Grand Prix Corporation presented a COVID-safe program to the Australian government, arguing the lawsuit could beryllium tally safely with the drivers and crews operating wrong a biosecure bubble.

Formula One already has a contention scheduled successful Sao Paulo, Brazil for November 7, which near small clip for a imaginable two-week edifice quarantine earlier the November race.

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