SAFETY

COVID-19 Information & FAQ’S

Overview

ROAD AMERICA ACTIVE MEASURES AGAINST CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

As you may know, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus. The virus has been detected in numerous locations internationally, including in the United States. Road America is taking active measures to protect our guests from this harmful virus.

The number one priority for the team at Road America is the health and safety of our guests. We have no reason to believe coronavirus is present at the facility. We are working closely with public health officials to follow all recommendations and best practices regarding the virus.

At this time, we are allowing staff to telework in response to local guidelines. Staff who are essential to our facility operations are working adjusted hours on-site while following CDC and WHO guidelines along with local safe practices. 

Our ticketing office is open for processing sales and season passes on-site while following CDC and WHO guidelines. Customers may still make merchandise and event purchases online and print their tickets at home. Printed tickets will be mailed as purchases are processed.

Our Paddock Shop is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and during event weekends, while offering contactless payment to customers. The Paddock Shop also offers online merchandise purchases and curbside pick up during regular hours. The Paddock Shop is currently following safe practices where appropriate. 

Road America is also offering our partners and sanctioning bodies the option to develop plans and procedures specific to their individual events which may include closing the garage and certain paddock areas to fans. We are actively already taken numerous steps, including:

Increased cleaning – Our janitorial team adheres to the recommendations set forth in the U.S. EPA’s Emerging Pathogen Policy regarding cleaning disinfectants.

We are sanitizing high-touch areas at least daily, such as:

  • Restrooms (all permanent restrooms allow contactless entry)
  • Handrails
  • All entrance revolving door handles, the main door handles, and push bars
  • Public furniture
  • All rooms prior to and immediately following use
  • Offices and all kitchen areas

Increased hand sanitizer stations. We now have more hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility. These stations are mobile, allowing us to deploy them based on event schedules and traffic.

All permanent restroom doors allow for contactless entry. All portable restrooms also include foaming hand sanitizer stations. 

Protective sneeze guards. We are placing protective sneeze guards supplied by our partner CTECH Manufacturing, at concessions areas, the Paddock Shop, all gates, and the ticket office. 

Staff training and Safety – All Road America Security, Fire Safety, EMT, and paramedic personnel have guidelines from local and national public health departments on how to recognize possible symptoms of Coronavirus as well as steps in containment. We are also encouraging our employees to conduct wellness and temperature checks daily before entering the facility. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE REVIEW OUR CORONAVIRUS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (BELOW). 

Protecting Yourself from the Virus

Some ways to protect yourself against coronavirus include:
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth, or nose
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and immediately dispose of the tissue
  • Practice Social Distancing by maintaining a distance of at least six feet from others
  • Wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth if safe distancing practices are limited
  • Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and services
  • Frequently wash your hands with soap and water
  • Frequently use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM CORONAVIRUS, PLEASE REVIEW THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY THE CENTER FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION. LINKS ARE PROVIDED BELOW. 

About Coronavirus

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is responding to an outbreak of respiratory disease caused by a coronavirus. In December 2019, a new kind of coronavirus, COVID-19, was identified as the cause of various cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. The virus has been detected in 50+ areas internationally, including the United States. The virus is thought to be spread from person-to-person, particularly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet of each other).

The main symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

For more information on facts and figures, you can visit the World Health Organization’s Coronavirus Disease situation reports.

For more information on COVID-19 please follow the links below:

What preventative steps has Road America taken against coronavirus?

Our number one priority is always the health and safety of our guests. We have taken several steps to protect the facility including:

Increased cleaning – Our janitorial team adheres to the recommendations set forth in the U.S. EPA’s Emerging Pathogen Policy regarding cleaning disinfectants.

We are sanitizing high-touch areas at least daily, such as:

  • Restrooms (all permanent restrooms allow contactless entry)
  • Handrails
  • All entrance door handles, the main door handles, and push bars
  • Public furniture
  • All rooms prior to and immediately following use
  • Offices and all kitchen areas

Increased hand sanitizer stations. We now have more hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility. These stations are mobile, allowing us to deploy them based on event schedules and traffic.

All permanent restroom doors allow for contactless entry. All portable restrooms also include foaming hand sanitizer stations. 

Protective sneeze guards. We are placing protective sneeze guards supplied by our partner CTECH Manufacturing, at concessions areas, the Paddock Shop, all gates, and the ticket office. 

Staff training – All Road America Security, Fire Safety, EMT, and paramedic personnel have guidelines from local and national public health departments on how to recognize possible symptoms of Coronavirus as well as steps in containment. We are also encouraging our employees to conduct wellness and temperature checks daily before entering the facility. 

Have you added extra staff to address this situation?

While all staff will be equipped to sanitize or disinfectant their assigned area, there is additional staff for the sole purpose of continuous cleaning of public space.

Do you have any medical staff on-site?

Road America has a Safety Director who works closely with local and national health agencies. The Safety Director works closely with facility management and first responder departments, including our on-site medical center, paramedics, and security to ensure our team is prepared for medical emergencies on campus, including communicable diseases.

Ongoing Efforts for Events:

Road America leadership has taken a proactive approach, and additional measures are deployed to minimize the spread of any viruses during Test Days, Club Events, Karting Events, Schools, 4-Miles of Fitness, etc.
 

Those measures include but are not limited to:
  • High-traffic worker positions (registration, waivers, etc.) have been issued appropriate PPE including nitrile gloves (preferred over latex due to allergies).
  • Guests may purchase tickets online and Print at Home for contactless scanning at the gates.
  • Road America tickets are scanned at the gates allow for proper contact tracing.
  • Any walk-up ticket sales may be asked to provide basic information to allow for proper contact tracing. 
  • All permanent restroom doors allow for contactless entry. All portable restrooms also include foaming hand sanitizer stations. 
  • Contactless payment options are available at the Road America Ticket Office. 
  • Equipment with high-contact rates (radios, headsets, clipboards, etc.) is sanitized before and between uses when they are shared.
  • Events where loaner helmets are provided (i.e. driving schools), balaclavas (head socks) and disinfectant spray are offered.
  • Any driver’s/corner worker meetings normally held indoors are conducted outside.
  • Event attendees and staff are encouraged to minimize direct, physical contact as much as possible while social functions are discouraged. 
  • Experts have repeatedly stated that the best defense is to practice good personal hygiene, with regular hand washing being highly effective at preventing the spread of viruses.

Providing a safe environment for our partners, visitors, guests, and staff is our top priority.  Through public health organizations such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), we are staying abreast of the latest updates and developments as they occur.  We are also in close communication with our local public health and government officials to determine what additional safeguards may need to be implemented.

This is an evolving situation, and rest assured that any actions we take will be consistent with guidelines from these agencies.  Please continue to visit our website to learn of any changes to the event schedule as they become available. 

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