Coronavirus: North West 200 to go ahead but organisers ‘monitoring situation’

NORTH West 200 organisers have said this year’s event is still going ahead, however they are monitoring developments around the coronavirus outbreak.

Race week – billed as Northern Ireland’s largest outdoor sporting event – takes place on May 10 to 16, at the north coast circuit.

In a statement, organisers said: “Following the outbreak of coronavirus in Northern Ireland, the organisers of the 2020 fonaCAB and Nicholl Oils North West 200 have sought advice from the relevant government and public health officials.

“Dr Michael McBride, chief medical officer for Northern Ireland, has advised that, at this particular time, evidence of benefit from cancelling outdoor sporting events in terms of impact is low.

“We will continue to seek advice and monitor the situation on an ongoing basis as we prepare for 2020 Race Week on May 10-16.”

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