Photo: JOHNNY CRAWFORD / JCRAWFORD@AJC./Jcrawford@ajc.com
Photo: JOHNNY CRAWFORD / JCRAWFORD@AJC./Jcrawford@ajc.com

No plans to limit attendance at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Atlanta Motor Speedway has no plans to limit attendance at NASCAR’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday because of the coronavirus, according to a racetrack representative.

Concerns about the coronavirus have resulted in the cancellation or limited access to many events, domestically and abroad, recently. On Monday, four professional sports leagues limited locker room access to essential team personnel because of the spread of the coronavirus and some area schools have closed.

The AMS representative said the track is closely monitoring facts and recommendations from public health officials such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Henry County Emergency Management Association (EMA).

“The CDC’s current risk assessment says COVID-19 is not currently widespread in the United States and for most people, the immediate risk of being exposed to the virus is low,” the AMS representative said. “To prevent the spread of cold, flu or COVID-19, experts are encouraging prevention, not panic, and asking people to practice good hygiene — frequent hand-washing, using hand sanitizer and covering sneezes and coughs.”

The track is working to add hand-sanitizer stations and is encouraging race attendees to use good hygiene.

The weekend at AMS will begin Friday with the practice. Two races will be held Saturday with the Vet Tix Camping World 200 Truck Series and the Echopark 250 Xfinity Series. The weekend culminates with the QuikTrip 500 on Sunday.

Concerns about the coronavirus have resulted in the cancellation of many events and large gatherings. The AJC will monitor these announcements and keep you informed about any postponements, rescheduling and cancellations, but it’s best to check with venues or event organizers before making plans to attend.

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