JUDGE DECIDES TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER WILL REMAIN IN PLACE AT BANDIMERE SPEEDWAY
A Jefferson County judge announced Thursday that a temporary restraining order will remain in place for Bandimere Speedway, which is in Morrison, Colo., 20 minutes from Denver.
“I don’t want to rush it; the case has a lot of implications. I need to make an interpretation of the law that may be new,” Judge Tamara Russell said.
The judge is expected to make a ruling on the injunction on July 21 due to the complicated nature of the case.
Here’s what the temporary restraining order means:
1) Bandimere Speedway cannot host an event in excess of 175 attendees
2) Cannot host an activity that doesn’t allow 6 feet of social distancing among non-family members
3) Cannot hold an event that serves food under the state’s restaurant guidelines
Despite a public health order restricting large gatherings, Bandimere Speedway went forward with its annual Fourth of July fireworks display Saturday night. The county’s health director testified that a public order was violated by unmasked fans standing close together.
Instead of the 175-person maximum, there were more like 7,500 on July 4. The venue holds 23,000 spectators.
Earlier last week, a judge ruled Bandimere would have to restrict capacity to 175 people.
That Fourth of July show at Bandimere Speedway was one of just a handful of large gatherings in the state, with health officials warning against large crowds in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the latest revision of the NHRA Mello Yello Series national event schedule – the Mile-High Nationals at Bandimere Speedway are slated for Aug. 7-9, which is the speedway’s marquee event.
Bandimere Speedway has been hosting races for 63 years.