Ohio Department of Health mandates force Sharon Speedway to cancel next weekend’s event


A viewer sent us a photo of this past weekend's event, which shows crowds of people not wearing masks or social distancing

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HARTFORD, Ohio (WKBN) – COVID-19 mandates from the Ohio Department of Health shut down Sharon Speedway’s next event.

There will be no racing Saturday, July 18, which was supposed to be the Bill Forney Memorial featuring the return of the RUSH Late Model Series for the first time in four years. Sharon Speedway said the event could be rescheduled.

A viewer sent us a photo of this past weekend’s event, which shows crowds of people not wearing masks or social distancing.

The Ohio Department of Health told us Monday that its statewide order prohibits most gatherings of more than 10 people, including racing events.

While race tracks were allowed to reopen along with other businesses in May, they are still not allowed to have spectators, the health department says.

Sharon Speedway is located in Hartford in Trumbull County, which has been classified as a Level 3 red county since the beginning of July. Counties classified as Level 3 indicate very high exposure and spread of COVID-19.

The Level 3 classification led to Gov. Mike DeWine’s mask mandate in Trumbull County.

According to DeWine’s order, people 10-years-old and up are required to wear masks in red level counties in the following situations:

  • When they are in any indoor location that is not a residence
  • When they are outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of their household
  • When they are waiting for, riding, driving, or operating public transportation, a taxi, a private care service, or a ride-sharing vehicle

Sharon Speedway said once restrictions are lifted, they’ll resume the 2020 schedule of events.

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