NJ officials stop 2020 Pan American Nationals at Atco Dragway

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Atco Dragway in Atco, New Jersey has announced that their most popular event has now been canceled. The Pan American Nationals will not happen this weekend, as previously scheduled.

The track made an announcement on Facebook late Tuesday. The Pan American Nationals — which normally took place in July — was moved to Oct. 2-4, 2020.

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“We reset to inform everyone, but due to a complaint to the New Jersey State hotline about out-of-state racers, the New Jersey Governor’s and Attorney General’s officers have made us cancel The Pan American Nationals,” the statement said. “We will now be closed the weekend of Oct. 2-4. The FOAT (ticketing system) will start to process refunds for everyone, who purchased tickets. They will take 10-14 days.

“This was not our or Waterford Township’s decision. We apologize sincerely to everyone. We tried to put on the event, but unfortunately, the state has taken that out of our hands.”

Gyannie Gonzalez, who commented on the announcement on Facebook, claimed that ‘people are already down here and there was a restriction put on the amount of individuals, who were permitted to show up.’ On Tuesday, the track had asked the racers, crew members, and spectators to sign a Communicable Disease waiver that releases the track of any liability, then bring it to the gate when they arrive.

Governor Phil Murphy has a travel ban in place for many, who travel to the Garden State. The individuals, who travel from certain states, have to quarantine for 14 days.

Puerto Rico — where some of the racers may come from to compete in this event — was added to the New Jersey travel ban once again on Sept. 15th.

“To save lives and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the State has issued an incoming travel advisory that all individuals entering New Jersey from states with a significant spread of COVID-19 should quarantine for 14-days after leaving that state,” New Jersey COVID-19 Information Hub, as of Sept. 30th, said. “Under the 14-day quarantine travel advisory announced by the Governors of New Jersey, New York and Connecticut, individuals traveling to or returning to New Jersey from states with increasing rates of COVID-19 are advised to self-quarantine for 14 days. This includes travel by train, bus, car, plane and any other method of transportation.

“The 14-day quarantine travel advisory applies to travel from certain “impacted states” identified as those that 1) have an average daily number of new cases higher than 10 per 100,000 residents over a seven-day period or 2) have a 10% or higher positivity rate over a seven-day period. The advisory applies to travel from states that meet either of these levels.”

Presently, there are 34 states and jurisdictions on the New Jersey travel ban.

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