Lawrence Wong

In regards to the F1 race scheduled to start on Sep 20, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said the government can make special exception on the Phase 2’s limit of five people cap per event:

“Singapore will be in its second phase of reopening after the circuit breaker by the time the Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix is scheduled to flag off on Sept 20. Public gatherings will be capped at five people at the start of phase two. The Government could potentially expand that limit to a larger number and allow some events to take place with appropriate safe distancing measures if conditions are favourable and the number of community infections remains low.”

Breaking the Phase 2’s audience cap however would mean Singapore is at Phase 3. The PAP minister did not explain why the F1 race is given special treatment unlike other events.

When asked if the event will continue, Minister Lawrence Wong said he is “very uncertain” and passed the responsibility to the organisers:

“But exactly when this can happen, and whether the conditions would permit, it’s very uncertain. So, we wouldn’t be able to tell anyone at this stage whether it is possible or not in September. Organisers will have to make their own decisions on events, recognising this uncertainty is present.”

The Singapore Tourism Board said they are preparing for the event to go ahead with a live audience anyway. Four government tenders related to the F1 race were called in February.