the organization of Gand-Wevelgem pleads for the compulsory mask along the route

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the organization of Gand-Wevelgem pleads for the compulsory mask along the route




Coronavirus: the organization of Gand-Wevelgem calls for the compulsory mask along the route


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Coronavirus: the organization of Gand-Wevelgem calls for the compulsory mask along the route


According to Griet Langedock of the organizing committee, wearing a mask should be mandatory for anyone coming to see a cycle race. The 82nd edition of the WorldTour event is scheduled for October 11. “I watched the races on television last weekend,” Langedock explained. “I saw people congregating without masks. Why is it not compulsory to wear a mask along the route for Flemish cycle races? Thus, you avoid difficult situations. As the organizer, we can only ask, not oblige, spectators to put on a mask and comply with the prescribed safety measures. The authorities can impose this obligation. Maybe that wouldn’t be a bad thing? Who comes to see the race puts on his mask, ”Langedock detailed. “We also ask spectators to watch our race on television at home. But people will be inclined to come and see her there. The passion for racing is in our Flemish DNA. ”

During Gand-Wevelgem, the public will not be allowed on the Kemmelberg. “Even if it suddenly goes well with the coronavirus, this measure will remain. There will be no public on the Kemmelberg. It is a decision taken in consultation with the mayor of Heuvelland ”, underlined Langedock. “We can perfectly control this area, and prevent the public. What will happen on Sunday 11 October at departure and arrival will be adapted according to the measures in force. We focus more on the purity of the race. Sport prevails. ”

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