County Health Department Stops Racing At PPMS

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IMPERIAL, Pa. – The Allegheny County (Pa.) Health Department has issued a new order that has forced the cancelation of racing at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway this weekend.

Health Department Director Dr. Debra Bogen announced Friday that additional mitigation measures are being taken in Allegheny County to further stem the spread of COVID-19 cases in the county. The new order calls for a one-week closure of bars, restaurants and casinos and the cancellation of all activities or events over 25 people for that same one-week time period. Food establishments may still offer take-out and delivery during that time period. The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 3.

In addition to the order, Dr. Bogen also recommended a voluntary stay-at-home protocol for residents of the county. While not part of the order, limiting travel to necessities and other mitigation measures is intended to further reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our county.

As a result of the order, Saturday’s racing at Pittsburgh’s PA Motor Speedway has been canceled. the card was slated to feature Pace Performance RUSH Dirt Late Model Touring Series, RUSH Sprint Cars, RUSH Sportsman Modifieds and additional weekly divisions.

“I know that people were angry and frustrated with recent developments including the surge in cases, the prior order and recommendations, as well as the state mask order,” said Bogen. “I also realize that this newest order won’t make any of that better but as Health Department Director, I am charged with protecting, promoting, and preserving the health and well-being of all county residents, particularly the most vulnerable. This is not a decision that I’ve made lightly but I believe it’s necessary based on the new cases in the county and the community spread that is occurring.”