Judge rules against North Carolina track that violated state’s mass gatherings ban
A North Carolina route that violates the state ban on mass gatherings can only operate if it complies with applicable restrictions, a North Carolina Supreme Court judge ruled Wednesday.
The Ace Speedway in Elon, North Carolina, had races with more than 2,000 fans in May and June. North Carolina was in phase 2 of its reopening. Meetings are limited to a maximum of 25 people outdoors.
The state of North Carolina ordered the line to close immediately on June 8, citing the line as "an immediate danger to the spread of COVID-19". The Order of Abatement states that track officials can propose a plan that follows state guidelines for mass meetings. The ordinance states that such a plan must be approved by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
Judge Tom Lambeth issued an injunction on June 11 that prevented the circuit from organizing races. The circuit canceled its races on June 19 and races are planned for Saturday evening.
On Wednesday, Judge Lambeth confirmed the state's order to prevent the route from operating.
Judge Lambeth quoted a statement from Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, where he noted the number of COVID-19 cases, said nothing in his decision:
"DR. Cohen's affidavit makes it clear that scientific and medical data show that large crowds like those on Ace Speedway have been linked to the increasing prevalence of COVID-19. She also points out in her testimony that this The risk of the virus spreading is increased if the spectators are in close proximity to one another for a long time during a race or other sporting event and these spectators exert increased breathing effort by shouting and cheering the decision to limit the number of spectators at events in large entertainment and sports venues such as the Ace Speedway.
"On the basis of the facts presented at the hearing and the application of the law to these facts, the court hereby issues an injunction prohibiting the accused from violating the plaintiff's mitigation regulation.
"The court again encourages the parties to work together, if possible, to try to allow the owners of the speedway to run races within the applicable restrictions."
The rules of the judges against the North Carolina trail, which violated the state's general assembly ban, were originally published on NBCSports.com
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