NASCAR Mandates Indoor Mask Use as COVID Spikes

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Photo credit: Chris Graythen - Getty Images
Photo credit: Chris Graythen - Getty Images

NASCAR issued an update to its COVID-19 policy on Tuesday afternoon and will begin mandating masks indoors this weekend for the race weekend at Watkins Glen International in New York regardless of an individual’s vaccination status.

These enclosed areas include team haulers, but also indoor areas like the media center, restrooms, infield care center, race control and suites.

The change was made on the “advice of NASCAR’s consulting physicians and recently issued medical guidance,” as COVID cases increase across the country as a result of the Delta variant.

Masks will not be required in outdoor areas, but the sanctioning body is discouraging prolonged close contact with other individuals. The scheduled Cup Series pre-race media bullpen on Sunday morning has been moved outdoors.

NASCAR had started the process of returning to pre-pandemic norms in June, opening the infield first to media and team sponsors, while continuing to encourage vaccinations. The sanctioning body has not mandated vaccinations amongst competitors.

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