Circuit owner disappointed in UK government: 'Amusement parks allowed to open'

08-04-2021 15:06 | Updated: 08-04-2021 15:40
Circuit owner disappointed in UK government: 'Amusement parks allowed to open'

While the government in the UK is reopening society after an intensive vaccination programme, sporting events are out of the question for the time being. To the frustration of the largest circuit owner in the country.

MotorSport Vision, the company of former F1 driver Jonathan Palmer, owns Brands Hatch, Donington Park, Oulton Park, Snetterton and Cadwell Park. That equates to around three quarters of the circuits that national racing series like the BTCC and BSB use.

'Strange' exception for sporting events

They were looking forward to allowing fans back onto their circuits from the 12th of April, but the British government has decided at the last minute to reverse that decision. People will now have to wait at least another month to attend a sporting event. The deadline has been changed to the 17th of May.

"Whilst outdoor attractions like zoos and theme parks can reopen, and events such as boot fairs, steam rallies and food festivals can take place with up to 4,000 visitors per day, a specific ban has been applied to spectators at sport events - even at grassroots level - until 17 May," reads a Statement from Motorsport Vision.

The company finds it incomprehensible that there is an exception for sporting events, especially for motor sports, since there is more than enough space on the grounds of the various circuits to keep enough distance. Although they are expressing their displeasure, they will abide by the rules.

The British Grand Prix, by the way, doesn't take place until July 18, so it will remain safe for now.

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