The Supercars paddock will be open to fans for the first time in a year when the 2021 season kicks off at Mount Panorama next month.

Access to the paddock has been restricted for the best part of a year due to the world health crisis, the Thursday of the 2020 Australian Grand Prix the last time fans could move freely behind the garages.

It will now re-open to the ticket-buying public at next month’s Mount Panorama 500, along with a raft of other changes compared to the Bathurst 1000 that closed out last season.

Last year’s season finale, also at Mount Panorama, was capped to a daily attendance of 4000 fans, with spectators confined to seating areas at Murray’s Corner, the pit straight and Hell Corner.

Spectator points at the top of the mountain were sealed off from fans and camping was prohibited.

With COVID-19 infection and case rates low in Australia, restrictions have been lifted for the all-new Supercars season opener next month.

Fans will now have access to general admission areas without restricted movement between the top and bottom of the Mountain.

Camping is also available at the McPhillamy Park, Reid Park, Sulman Park and Max Cameron campsites.

Fans can bring their own chairs, providing they adhere to social distancing regulations.

Merchandise stalls and food and drink outlets will also be back in action.

Face masks will be mandatory in some parts of the circuit facility.

The Mount Panorama 500 will take place between February 26-28.

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