CHIEFS at Bemsee have revealed strict sanitary measures for their first round of the season this weekend as they look to fight potential outbreaks of coronavirus.
As riders descend on Brands Hatch today and tomorrow, they will be met with a series of tightly controlled precautions designed to stop the spread of any bacteria that could lead to cases of CORVID-19 at the Kent circuit.
In addition to masks, which have flown off shelves in recent weeks thanks to a country-wide panic purchase, officials could be seen wearing latex gloves and other medical garments to keep any viruses from spreading.
Riders will sign on via visual inspection, where their racing licence will be shown to Bemsee staff instead of being handed over, while the club has all but ditched the idea of the mighty pen.
That’s right – writing utensils will be done away with at the weekend with hopes of cutting down any unnecessary human contact. Instead, when it comes to technical inspection, riders will show their card to officials and, upon approval, drop it into a box.
While some might call this overkill, Bemsee boss Mike Dommett says he isn’t willing to take any half-measures when it comes to battling the virus.
“I’ve agreed some things with the ACU and put in place protocols wherever we have people coming into contact with other people like signing on in the race office, the collecting area, technical inspection, that sort of thing,” he told UK Clubsport.
“We’ve had to think about all of these things and brief our department heads on how we’re going to be cutting down on direct person-to-person contact. I’m even seriously considering how we do our prize giving on the Saturday evening in the Kentagon just to avoid large groups and gatherings.
“We’ve received no guidance from the government or the ACU, these have been proactive measures on Bemsee’s behalf which I think they have to be.
“For some this might be amusing, but for me this is an extremely serious matter. I have a particular duty of care to all the staff and volunteers, but also to our customers.
“In the two weeks following I do not want Brands Hatch to become the centre of another outbreak.”
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