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Galesburg Speedway holding races tonight with COVID-19 safety measures in place

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Posted at 3:15 PM, Aug 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-07 15:15:24-04

JONES, Mich. — Galesburg Speedway will hold races at M-40 Speedway on Friday night after successfully presenting a reopening plan to Cass County officials.

Racing will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased with cash only at the ticket office, the speedway said.

Each section will have just 100 people – though they can normally hold 7,000 – and no more than 1,200 people in total will be allowed inside, spokesman Kevin England said.

Every other row will be blocked and everyone inside the facility will be required to wear masks.

The speedway hired additional security to enforce social distancing.

England said they’re not putting more people inside the speedway than would be allowed in a large supermarket, so the reopening isn’t putting anyone’s safety at risk.

People will be asked to leave if they’re not practicing proper social distancing and mask-wearing.

“So we’re following all the guidelines set by the CDC, set by the State of Michigan – all of the thing to keep people safe because we don’t want there to be an outbreak,” England said. “That’s not what our goal is. Our goal is we can safely reopen a facility this size and people can have fun without getting sick.”