Bandimere reaches agreement with JCPH to resume races without crowds

First event to take place ednesday

Paul Albani-Burgio
palbaniburgio@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/29/20

A Jefferson County Public Health official said the agency has reached an agreement with the Bandimere family to allow races to be held at the speedway this week, albeit in a limited capacity without …

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Bandimere reaches agreement with JCPH to resume races without crowds

First event to take place ednesday

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A Jefferson County Public Health official said the agency has reached an agreement with the Bandimere family to allow races to be held at the speedway this week, albeit in a limited capacity without spectators present.

Ashley Sever, the public affairs manager for Jefferson County Public Health, said the agreement “approves limited operations at the speedway from July 29 to Aug. 2.”

“I'm happy to report that JCPH Executive Director Dr. Mark B. Johnson and Environmental Health Services Division Director Jim Rada were able to meet personally with the Bandimeres and work through a plan that would allow them to hold certain limited events,” said Jeffco attorney Kym Sorrells. “They're not the full events they normally would've been able to hold because they just haven't been able to put together a plan that's going to allow major spectator events to the extent I think they would've liked. I'm sure they are probably not ecstatic about the end result but they are allowed to hold certain events.”

The speedway announced in a Facebook post on Tuesday, July 28, that Wednesday's Test & Tune event, Friday's Corvette Connection Club Clash and the Team Spencer Jr. drag series events will all now take place. However, the post noted a roll racing event scheduled for Saturday evening has been postponed because “Jeffco health orders are too difficult to comply with for this event.”

Bandimere canceled several events last week after JCPH issued a new public health order requiring operators of large events that would involve more than 175 people gathering in multiple activity to submit a plan outlining how they will adhere to the state's public health order, which outlines guidelines for reducing the spread of COVID-19. A Jeffco judge also ruled that Bandimere must follow all public health orders related to COVID-19, including state and county orders.

A Facebook post announcing on Bandimere's Facebook page announcing the return of racing to the track outlines several practices related to the pit areas of the track that drivers and their crews will be expected to abide by. Those include limiting pit areas to 150 racers and crew members and keeping their pit spot to a required 20-foot-wide space.

“We will be watched closely to make sure we are following all state and local Public Health Orders, so we need your help so we can continue racing this season,” read the post. “If you leave your pit area, or have someone who is not in your immediate family, have your mask on.”

Bandimere also thanked its community for its continued support in the post.

“It is awesome to watch how our racing family comes together when someone or something needs assistance,” it said.

Bandimere will likely need to submit additional plans to the city for any events it plans to hold beyond Aug. 2.

“They will need (to do that) unless it is determined that the current, approved plans will continue to adequately address compliance with the PHOs,” said Sever. “In that case, the approval of the current plans may be extended to cover additional events of a similar size and scope.”

The Bandimere's attorney, Randy Corporon, said in court last week that the Bandimeres are planning to sue JCPH and the state of Colorado over their public health orders, which Corporon said threaten the future of the Bandimere's business. The Bandimere family did not initially respond to messages seeking additional comment on the agreement and whether they will continue with the lawsuit.

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