Knoxville Details New Health & Safety Protocols

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Knoxville Details New Health
Knoxville Raceway has released numerous health and safety guidelines for its reopening next weekend. (Tim Aylwin photo)

KNOXVILLE, Iowa – With the recent announcement of Knoxville Raceway’s opening night date, track officials have released numerous guidelines to be followed by fans and teams as the motorsports industry continues to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below, separated by section, is a full listing of the 2020 Knoxville Raceway Health and Safety Protocols:

For Competitors

– If a driver or any team member has symptoms of COVID-19, has been exposed to COVID-19, or is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, he or she is asked not to attend the event. Symptoms include fever, muscle pain, cough, headache, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, chills or repeated shaking with chills.

– All drivers, team members and anyone entering the infield area will be required to participate in a temperature test before entering the infield. These will be in held in the main show barn located at the turn four crossover gate, starting at 3 p.m. CT. Any attendee with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will not be allowed into the facility.

– If a driver or team member experiences any symptoms throughout the event, he or she should alert an official immediately.

– COVID-19 release forms will be required to be signed by anyone entering the infield.

– There will be a limit of 70 pre-registered teams in the infield

– There will be a limit of six members per team (including the driver)

– All participants and team members are asked to practice social distancing at all times during the race night

– Teams must allow six feet between each team’s transporter. Knoxville Raceway officials will organize parking accordingly.

– Face masks are encouraged, but not required. Knoxville Raceway strongly suggests wearing a face mask at all times, especially if you leave your specific pit area. When conversing with others outside your pit area, masks need to be worn.

– Additional hand washing and sanitizer stations will be located in the infield

– Only the winning drivers will be permitted to enter victory lane. Team and family photos will not be permitted at this time. Only essential team members will be permitted to enter victory lane and will only be permitted to stay near the car on the west end of victory lane.

– Masks must be worn in victory lane. Masks can be removed for individual photos but must remain on for all interviews.

– There will be no infield parking for personal vehicles

– The pit area will not be opened to fans following the event

– All drivers and teams are asked to be out of the infield within one hour of the checkered flag for the final event of the night.

For Spectators

– If a spectator has any symptoms of COVID-19, has been exposed to COVID-19 or is awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, the track respectfully requests that the spectator not attend the event. Symptoms include fever, muscle pain, cough, headache, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, chills or repeated shaking with chills.

– The maximum capacity for this event is 50 percent plus social distancing allowances. If more than 3,250 spectators are expected to be in attendance, both the front and backstretch grandstands will be opened.

– Concessions will not be opened on the backstretch for the June 6 event.

– Grandstand gates will open at 4:30 p.m. CT for immunocompromised spectators as well as spectators who are 65 years of age or older.

– All other fans can enter starting at 5:30 p.m. CT.

– The elevator will begin service for suite holders and any fans with physical restrictions at 4:30 p.m. CT.

– Anyone utilizing the elevator will undergo a temperature test before entering. Any guest with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be asked to leave the premises.

– The elevator will be limited to five people maximum, unless guests are going to the same suite. The elevator will be in use solely for suite holders and guests with physical restrictions.

– All spectators are asked to practice social distancing at all times during the race night. Please sit in even numbered rows only and allow three seats between groups. Groups should be 10 people or less.

– Spectators are asked to maintain social distancing when in all lines, including but not limited to the ticket windows, entry, concession, and restroom. Additional ticket entry locations will be opened if necessary.

– Spectators are asked not to congregate in groups of more than 10 individuals throughout the race night.

– Face masks are highly recommended, but not required. We strongly suggest wearing a mask when conversing with spectators outside of your group, including at concessions, ticket window, etc.

– The bag check will still be in place, however spectators are asked to open their own bag and move any items requested by the track employee. Track employees will not touch your personal belongings.

– Tickets will be scanned and not torn as in the past

– Pass-outs will no longer be utilized. Tickets will be re-scanned upon exit and re-entry.

– Credit and debit cards are suggested for all transactions, but cash will be accepted.

– Tailgaiting, congregating in the parking lots or under the grandstands before or after the race night is not permitted.

– The infield pit area will not be open to spectators before or after the races.

– The Junior Fan Club will not be operating at this time.

– Only the west end restrooms, suite level, and infield restrooms will be open at this time. The restrooms will have attendants cleaning throughout the race night.

– Sanitizer and hand-washing stations will be available under the grandstands

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