Organisers of next month’s Formula 1 Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring have been given the green light by authorities to allow up to 20,000 spectators into the venue.
A number of safety measures will be in place throughout the process to maintain a high safety standard amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
These measures include contactless ticket purchasing, with the tickets being personalised and seating-accurate.
The grandstands that are to be opened will be divided into individual sections and seating blocks will be designated.
The blocks have four bookable seats, while all spectators must wear masks when attending the circuit. Fans that will be seated in different grandstands will not have to meet each other due to a specialised visitor guidance system.
“It is important to us in the first stage to offer tickets in different price categories,“ said Nurburgring’s Managing Director Mirco Markfort.
“Of course, in times of COVID-19 and the enormous personnel and planning effort this entails, everything is a question of cost.
“But it’s also about giving all fans the opportunity to secure tickets and enjoy the race safely.”
If the rate of infection in Germany does not spike in the coming days, organisers will open additional grandstands in coordination with local authorities and offer more tickets.
Last time out at Mugello paying spectators were allowed into a grand prix weekend for the first time in 2020, with around 3,000 fans per day attending the Tuscan venue, after eight rounds without punters trackside.
The Nurburgring, located around an hour from the city of Cologne, will host the Eifel Grand Prix from October 9 – 11.
It will be the first time that Formula 1 has visited the venue since 2013.