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The Principality will host the Monaco Grand Prix and the Historic Grand Prix as scheduled, says the ACM, despite widespread panic around the Covid-19 epidemic.
The Automobile Club of Monaco, the organiser of the Historic Grand Prix (8-10 May) and the Formula 1 Grand Prix (21-24 May), released a statement on Thursday saying that it is “fully aware of the spread of Covid-19 and the worrying situation that this generates”.
“These are the reasons why the ACM is in permanent contact with the Monegasque governmental authorities, the sports and commercial entities of F1, the Federal Internationale Automobile (FIA) and the Formula One Group (FOG),” reads the statement.
The Principality is pushing ahead with preparations for its biggest event of the year with the first structures set to be installed in the coming days. The erecting of the circuit takes six weeks in total.
“The ACM is ready to take all of the necessary precautions and will continue to comply with all measures as recommended by the official health authorities,” says the ACM. “Based on the latest information provided to the ACM, both the Historic Grand Prix of Monaco and the Formula One Grand Prix 2020 are currently expected to take place on the dates as originally planned.”
Not mentioned in the statement is the possibility of the event going ahead without spectators, as seen at other sporting events across the globe.
The ACM says it will continue to provide updates on the situation as it develops.
The Monaco Grand Prix is widely considered to be one of the most important and prestigious automobile races in the world, attracting thousands of visitors to the Principality each year.
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Images satellite #meteo prévues modèle ARPEGE #meteofrance jusqu'à mardi 7H. Un succession de #tempêtes vont se succéder sur la Manche et la façade atlantique. Une dépression très creuse et rapide dimanche 0H 9H matin sera la plus violentehttps://t.co/OppyQMD2sp pic.twitter.com/GY4ebd3qGr— meteophile (@meteophile) November 1, 2019
The orange alert remained in place early Sunday, although it had been lifted by late morning as thunderstorms eased. The Nice-Cannes marathon went ahead as planned but the 8am start was delayed by 30 minutes due to the weather. The weekend deluge follows violent thunderstorms on Thursday in Nice which flooded numerous roads and closed down parts of the city to traffic. In stark contrast, skies above Monaco and the French Riviera are forecast to be clear on Monday with highs of around 16 degrees Celsius.
#A8 : circula°sur 2 voies, après Nice Centre (n°55) dir° Aix depuis 12h30. https://t.co/vcJcWo86z1. Retour en images de l'intervention des équipes de VINCI Autoroutes. Ecoutez @Radio1077 pic.twitter.com/IrTlepZD73— VINCI Autoroutes (@VINCIAutoroutes) November 3, 2019