The months-long dispute between the Bandimere Speedway and Jefferson County Public Well being continued through the weekend, with the Morrison racetrack canceling extra occasions and the county defending its public well being plan because it seeks to stop the unfold of COVID-19.
“After three days of quite a few makes an attempt to adjust to the restrictions being positioned on the drag strip as a result of present COVID-19, they have been in the end unable to get the approval from the Jefferson County Well being Division,” Bandimere Speedway mentioned in an announcement posted to its web site.
The racetrack had deliberate a weekend of out of doors leisure for native racers and their households, however as they lined up on the racer entrance gate, they have been “visibly shocked” when the Bandimere household advised them the weekend’s racing occasions have been canceled, the speedway mentioned. The family-owned monitor additionally alleged that Jefferson County Public Well being officers canceled a gathering with the Bandimeres to work on a plan for the occasions.
On Friday evening, Jefferson County responded in a information launch, saying it had heard via social media, emails and within the media “inaccurate claims that occasions have been ‘cancelled by JCPH.’ ”
The state’s pointers for outside occasions had been in place for over a month, public well being officers mentioned, and so they had been working with different venues on methods to function whereas adhering to the state’s necessities. On Monday, the division issued a public well being order requiring venues internet hosting outside occasions to submit a plan that demonstrates compliance with the state’s order.
“The aim of every motion taken by JCPH is to not punish any of our space companies or organizations, however to maintain the individuals inside our neighborhood secure and wholesome,” the division mentioned.
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Jefferson County and the Bandimeres have been engaged in public and authorized feuds for the reason that county alleged the venue violated social distancing necessities through the July four weekend.
Because of this, a decide issued a short lived restraining order that required the speedway to restrict its crowd sizes to 175 individuals per exercise and to comply with bodily distancing pointers, akin to guaranteeing followers from completely different households stayed 6 toes aside.
On Tuesday a Jefferson County decide mentioned the Speedway should adjust to native and state public well being legal guidelines whereas working through the pandemic, citing a 1905 U.S. Supreme Courtroom case relating to obligatory smallpox vaccinations.
The Bandimere household has mentioned that limiting occasions to 175 individuals would put them out of enterprise. The speedway just lately postponed the Mile Excessive Nationals — its largest races of the yr — for a second time.
“We’re overwhelmed down, however we aren’t damaged,” the household mentioned in Friday’s information launch. “The assist we’ve obtained from those that perceive civil rights has been outstanding and we are going to proceed to struggle on their behalf.”
The occasions for this night and tomorrow, July 24 & 25, will NOT be occurring. Jefferson County Well being Division is not going to approve any of the plans we’ve despatched and the listing of guidelines and pointers they need us to comply with makes it not possible for us to be open. pic.twitter.com/OPAQJITHAt
— Bandimere Speedway (@Bandimere) July 24, 2020