A second event in the 2019/20 FIA Formula E Championship has been impacted by the COVID-19 Coronavirus, with the Rome ePrix being postponed.

Originally set to occur on Saturday April 4, Rome was to be the next event held following last weekend’s Marrakesh ePrix and was planned as the opening European event of the calendar.

Italy has been one of the European nations hardest hit by COVID-19 to date, with the past week seeing numerous restrictions placed on travellers who have recently visited the country. In light of these developments, championship and event organisers have been forced to act and have released a statement confirming the postponement.

“As a consequence of the ongoing health emergency in Italy and according to the provisions set out in the ministerial decree concerning measures to counteract and contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country – which includes sporting events with large crowds and spectators in close proximity – it will no longer be possible to stage the Rome E-Prix on April 4, 2020,” the statement reads.

“Formula E, in agreement with the relevant authorities in Rome, EUR S.p.A and together with the FIA and Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI), will work closely with championship partners and stakeholders in order to assess and review alternative options to positions the Rome E-Prix to a later date once restrictions have been lifted.

“All ticket holders will be contacted through the appropriate channels in the coming days.”

The postponement of the Rome event follows last month’s announcement that the Sanya ePrix has also been postponed due to the impact of COVID-19, with still no news released on a revised date for the Chinese race, if it is to occur at all.

Sanya and Rome were originally set to be consecutive events on the calendar, meaning the championship is one week into what is now a seven-week break between the Marrakesh ePrix and the Paris ePrix on Saturday 18 April.

With the COVID-19 situation constantly changing globally, would not be surprising to see other changes forced on the remainder of the calendar in the coming months.

The inaugural Seoul ePrix is currently scheduled for May 3, however, travel restrictions to and from South Korea have also recently been introduced and may have an impact on the event if they are still in place as the event approaches.

Likewise, if the spread of COVID-19 continues across Europe, further race postponements may be enforced on the continent.

Image via FIA Formula E Championship

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