All participants of WRC Rally Estonia are tested for coronavirus

In order to prevent and combat the spread of coronavirus, those participating in the first ever WRC rally to be held in Estonia, including all drivers, their team members and people connected with the competition centre in the Estonian National Museum, will undergo SARS-CoV-2 testing.

“There are many teams coming from the so-called “red” countries, including Spain, France and elsewhere, where the infection rate is high. The management team and partners of the rally will do everything in their power to prevent the rally bringing in any new coronavirus cases,” Urmo Aava, director of Rally Estonia says. “One of the measures to ensure national safety is the compulsory testing of all drivers that we carry out in cooperation with SYNLAB as soon as the drivers have arrived in Estonia. Until the results, they must remain in self-isolation. They may only enter the competition area in the case of a negative result. Drivers who have arrived in Estonia beforehand must retake the test 24 hours before receiving their accreditation.”
SYNLAB is opening special testing points for WRC teams at Tallinn Airport and in the external area of Tallinn Port terminal D. Those arriving from Latvia can take the test at SYNLAB Tartu on 37B Teguri Street. The nasopharynx samples are analysed in SYNLAB’s Tallinn laboratory, where approximately 1,000 tests are analysed within a few days.

“Hosting WRC in Estonia for the first time is an important milestone for our country, which is why it is of utmost importance that this event would be carried out as safely as possible during these trying times,” Rainar Aamisepp, SYNLAB Estonia Chairman of the Board, says. “Rally Estonia volunteers rushed to help us in the middle of March during the outbreak of the crisis, bringing coronavirus test samples from all over Estonia to our central laboratory. Of course, we will support them in every way possible to avoid spreading the virus during the rally while they are organising an event of such significance for Estonia.”
“We have a well-established protocol for medical security at major sporting events,” Aamisepp continues. “UEFA entrusted us as Europe’s largest provider of laboratory services to carry out testing before the 2020–2021 football tournaments held under the auspices of UEFA. In recent days the finals of this year’s Europa League and Champions League were held. The Nations League and the qualification rounds for men’s and women’s international tournaments, the 2021 Champions League and Europa League qualifying rounds, and the youth tournaments are all about to start. SYNLAB is also testing all foreign competitors arriving for the Ironman competition. To ensure a successful WRC, SYNLAB personnel are putting in extra effort in testing all drivers swiftly – there will be additional processes introduced in our labs so that all drivers and teams can safely focus on the competition.”
“Every person who has taken the test receives the result on their phone, and the team leaders and rally’s medical manager can obtain information on the test results in real time. Such rapid data flow also allows us to implement immediate self-isolation measures and the teams can reorganise their work, if necessary,” Aava says.
In order to combat the spread of the virus, Rally Estonia spectators have been divided into 16 groups, each containing 1,000 ticket owners. The groups do not meet, and each group is permitted to attend certain speed testing to which they have an access. All spectators are advised to come to the speed testing equipped with their own personal mask. If necessary, masks are distributed in the spectator areas where one can also sanitise their hands.

A reminder for Rally Estonia visitors while attending the event and being in the spectator areas:

  • Don’t come if you do not feel well
  • Move with your group
  • Stay with your group
  • Disinfect your hands
  • Wear a mask
  • Don’t socialise
  • Bring your identity document
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Testing after returning from a trip abroad
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