Back in business

Mercedes AMG Petronas' Lewis Hamilton leads Redbull Racing's Max Verstappen during the opening lap of the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit, October 1, 2017. GLENN GUAN/The Star

PETALING JAYA: The Sepang International Circuit (SIC) is back in business, the first sports facility in the country to reopen.

The doors were opened on Tuesday after the entire place was sanitised and cleaned and SIC is now ready to cater to personal training sessions of not more than 10 participants each time.

There will also be a strict adherence to standard operation procedures as laid down by the National Security Council (NSC) to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

Local racing teams who want to test their machines now have a place to do so, especially with event organisers like Malaysian Cub Prix Championship and Formula 4 South-East Asia Championship hoping to get their season under way once the conditional movement control order (CMCO) is lifted.

SIC chief executive officer Azhan Shafriman Hanif said the premises have been sanitised and it was a relief to be back in operation.

“We have opened our doors but to to ensure the continued safety of all, based on the procedures from the Health Ministry and NSC, we have set several security measures.

“Everyone must register at the designated area before entering the premises. Temperature checking will be done before you enter. If you show signs of fever and cough, you are not allowed to enter.

“You have to maintain social distancing of one metre and follow the markers placed.

“There is a designated parking area where you need to reverse park and park your car two metres apart. Not more than 10 participants are allowed per session. We also provide hand sanitisers and face masks.

“SIC prioritises the safety and health of our employees, racers, teams, partners and fans.

“Let’s keep the motorsports spirit high and we hope to start racing again,” he said, adding that SIC operation hours will be from 9am to 4pm due to the fasting month.

As SIC wants to control the number of attendees at the circuit, those who want to use the circuit can contact the respective account managers or hotline at 03-87782222 to book an appointment.

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