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Everyone involved in next month's World Rally Championship finale in Belgium will be required to have a COVID test prior to the rally.
There were nearly 11,000 new COVID-19 cases in Belgium yesterday (October 18), so organisers are looking at every possibility to try and ensure the event goes ahead.
The Jan Yperman Hospital is happy to contribute to ensuring the Ypres Rally runs safely," says Frederik Chanterie, Director of Jan Yperman.
"In the week before the competition, we will administer 2,500 Covid tests and have them analysed in our clinical laboratory.
"The administration of these tests will be organised in such a way that it will not affect the normal operation of our hospital. This agreement does not put additional pressure on our services and the care of our patients."
For Club Superstage, organiser of the Renties Ypres Rally Belgium, this collaboration with the Jan Yperman Hospital is crucial.
"As an organisation, we have already twice proven that, in recent weeks with the Monteberg Rally and the Aarova Rally in Oudenaarde, we can organise a rally with the public in a safe, Covid-proof manner," Jan Huyghe of Club Superstage said.
"Rally is an outdoor sport, and our course stretches and extends over tens of kilometres, so it is perfectly feasible to comply with health rules.
"For the Renties Ypres Rally Belgium, the first Belgian round of the World Rally Championship, we will go one step further than the Protocol approved for rallying in Flanders. After all, we will apply the rules of the International Motor Sports Federation and that means that everyone involved in the event must test negative to Covid in advance.
"From employees, to the top drivers, everyone will be tested.”
The Ypres Rally Belgium is the penultimate round of the FIA World Rally Championship and will be held from November 20 to 22.
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