On Tuesday, NASCAR said it will allow a limited number of spectators to attend two June races in Florida and Alabama amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to organizers. The plan to reintroduce guests at select NASCAR Cup Series races will begin with the June 14 Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the Geico 500 at Talladega Superspeedway.
NASCAR postponed racing in mid-March due to concerns over the novel coronavirus and resumed action in mid-May. They will welcome up to 1,000 invited military members to the Miami race while Talledega will allow up to 5,000 guests. Homestead-Miami can normally host up to 46,000 fans while the capacity at Talladega Superspeedway ranges between 80,000-175,000.
Among the safety measures in place, NASCAR said guests in attendance will be screened before entering, required to wear face coverings and maintain social distance. NASCAR Executive Vice President Daryl Wolfe said in a statement: “We have tremendous respect and appreciation for the responsibility that comes with integrating guests back into our events. We believe implementing this methodical process is an important step forward for the sport and the future of live sporting events.
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