Health Protection Plan - New England Dragway, Inc.
COVID-19 Safety Training
Employee safety training is a key component in mitigating the spread of Covid19. Employees will be briefed prior to reporting to their assigned position daily. Employees will receive an explanation explaining protective measures and steps outlined below. Safety training will also be reviewed with track partners on race day. Copies of the Health Protection Plan will be made available to all event staff and to track partners. A list of training attendees will be kept on file.
Employee and Event Staff Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
All Dragway personnel are required to wear PPE, including but not limited to masks and gloves during events. The only exception is for personnel who work in isolated, non-public areas. In addition, all track partners and event organizers are required to wear masks and gloves when in areas that interact with participants and the public.
All Dragway personnel including employees, event partners and race organizers are required to undergo a health screening check each day prior to the event beginning. Employees exhibiting symptoms of fever, coughing, or shortness of breath should call their supervisor and advise they will not be working their assigned shift. Those employees that do arrive at the track will be sent home if they exhibit any of those symptoms. If employees, event partners and race organizers have symptoms of acute respiratory illness, they must stay home until free of symptoms for a least 72 hours without the use of medicine. Employees, event partners or race organizers who have been exposed to someone COVID-19 positive, or themselves have tested positive, must remain home for two weeks (14 days) minimum, or until symptom free. After that time, they may return only when asymptomatic.
Participants, crew and family at the direction of the Dragway or the event organizer or sanctioning body may be required to undergo a health screening check prior to entering the facility. This screening may involve a temperature check and a symptom and exposure questionnaire. Screening results will remain confidential. Participants, crew or family members who exhibit signs of acute respiratory illness and/or have a fever will be sent home. Participant, crew and family who have been exposed to someone COVID-19 positive or themselves have been tested positive must remain home for two weeks (14 days) minimum, or until asymptomatic.
Most New England Dragway events and track partner events must utilize pre-event electronic registration of participants and pre-event payment of track fees. This includes an electronic receipt of pre-payments. Electronic waivers are being developed with the assistance of the Dragway’s insurance underwriter. There will be no collection of track fees at the gate. Furthermore, track partners are discouraged from staffing registration tables for waivers, registration forms and car numbers unless all social distancing protocols are met.
A minimum of one parking space, or approximately 10 feet, is required between race cars, trucks, trailers and haulers. If this distance cannot be met, trailers and haulers must park so that main doors do not open towards each other.
All participants are required to maintain a minimum separation of six feet at all times. Failure to adhere to this rule may result in a participant being asked to leave, with no refund of participant entry fees; or if violation is of a larger scale, the cancelation of the event with no refund of participant entry fees.
Participant Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
New England Dragway suggests all participants wear PPE, including masks while at New England Dragway. Masks should be worn at all times. This includes any crew members or family that are in attendance. Drivers may remove their mask when racing.
Grandstand and Viewing Areas
Until further notice, all grandstands and viewing areas are closed. As participant-only events, drivers and their crew and family members are asked to stay in their pit area until their class is called to the staging lanes. Track partners, race organizers and participants will be notified when grandstands or other viewing areas open. At that time, social distancing protocols will be in place to ensure that appropriate social distance in the stands is observed.
A minimum of one car length must be observed for car and driver going through tech inspection. Drivers going through tech inspection must wear masks and will be asked to step a minimum of six feet away from the car while it is inspected. If crew members are needed at tech inspection, they must observe the same requirements as the driver.
Drivers are to remain in their cars at all times while in the staging lanes. It is suggested crew members in these areas wear masks and observe social distancing guidelines. Alternate staging lanes will be used, and drivers must observe a minimum of one car length separation. A driver that does not have a crew member may exit their car to check the vehicle prior to racing (i.e. tire pressure) but must be wearing a mask or helmet with the face shield closed.
A maximum of two crew members are allowed at the starting line for each car. Crew must wear masks at all times in this area and may stay at the starting line only for their car to complete its pass. All red box and barrier wall areas are off-limits to viewing.
The control tower is for authorized personnel only. It is closed to racer, crew or sponsors. In the event prize checks are to be awarded, racers will be provided an electronic W-2 to fill out prior to the event and prize checks will be mailed after the event.
Event Ingress and Egress
Depending on the event, access to the facility and time spent at the facility at the conclusion of the event will be limited. Participants are encouraged to leave as quickly as possible at the end of the event. In some cases, when multiple events may be scheduled, participants are asked to leave as quickly as possible after their last run. This will help facilitate a smooth transition for the next event.
Sanitation and Cleanliness
During all events, New England Dragway staff will ensure proper cleaning and disinfecting procedures are in place to permanent restrooms and common areas, before, during and after. Track partners and race organizers will be required to do the same with their areas. Each permanent restroom has sinks, soap and paper towels. Every effort will be made to ensure there is no interruption to this service.
After the event, any employee, track partner, event organizer, participant or crew who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to contact the New England Dragway so contact tracing and notification can be done. Individuals who contact the track shall remain confidential.
Any complaints or issues regarding anyone, activity, or lack of protocol at the event shall be brought to the attention of the Track Manager or designee as soon as possible. Track officials reserve the right to revoke facility privileges or cancel the event of protocols are not being followed.