Singapore Grand Prix to proceed despite haze: Organisers

Singapore Grand Prix to proceed despite haze: Organisers
A view of the Marina Bay Street Circuit from Swissotel The Stamford at 7pm on 21 September 2014.
PHOTO: The Straits Times

SINGAPORE - The organisers of the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix this weekend have clarified that there are currently no plan to alter the programme for now despite the haze.

In a statement on Tuesday, Singapore GP said that there are no plans to amend the published racing and entertainment programme from Sep 18-20 based on current Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) levels.

"The haze situation is highly changeable not only from day to day, but from hour to hour. Therefore, it is currently not possible to reliably predict what the PSI level might be over the race weekend," Singapore GP said.

The organisers also said that they would work closely with relevant government authorities to receive the best possible forecasts when they are available.

A number of measures have been put in place for the three-day race weekend, Singapore GP added. The PSI reading and relevant health advisories will be displayed on its website, official mobile app, the giant screens between races and will also be broadcast on the in-circuit radio system and posted at Circuit Park entrances.

The organisers will also be selling N95 masks at cost price to all patrons, and 24 medical and first aid posts have been placed on standy to handle any haze-related conditions.

Air quality in Singapore remained in the "unhealthy" range on Tuesday due to the haze, with a 24-hour PSI reading of between 124 and 148 at 7pm on Tuesday.

The haze situation has also forced some schools to cancel or move outdoor activities indoors.

seanyap@sph.com.sg

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