- Vaccinations will be offered at the venue to Indy 500 attendees
- IndyCar to close spectator viewing mounds to ensure social distancing
American open wheel racing series IndyCar has announced that its upcoming Indianapolis 500 event will allow fans to attend at a 40 per cent capacity.
135,000 fans will be able to watch the race in-person at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), a number that has been developed in coordination with state and local health officials.
In order to maintain Covid-19 safety protocol, the venue is implementing and enforcing a series of other measures.
Face coverings must be worn by attendees at all times and temperature checks will be administered upon entry. Groups will be spaced out in the grandstands and throughout the venue.
In addition, the spectator viewing mounds will be closed and no general admission race day tickets will be sold in order to maintain social distancing.
"Our fans mean everything to us, and we can’t wait to welcome them ‘Back Home Again’ for this year’s Indy 500," said J. Douglas Boles, Indianapolis Motor Speedway president.
"The city and state have worked with us to identify the appropriate health and safety precautions so that we can successfully host a limited but very enthusiastic crowd. The health and safety of everyone coming to IMS, along with Central Indiana and the Hoosier State, have been paramount throughout this process."
Covid-19 vaccinations will be offered at IMS from 24th-30th April and 1st-27th May. A media campaign will be unveiled by IndyCar to encourage all Indianapolis 500 attendees to get vaccinated before the event on 30th May.
"The Covid-19 vaccine is the best tool we have to help us return to the activities we love and have missed over the last year, and every day, more members of our community receive the lifesaving protection it offers thanks in part to community partners like Roger Penske and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway," said Dr. Virginia Caine, director and chief medical officer of the Marion County Public Health Department.
"Our vaccination rates, combined with the outdoor nature of the event, make it possible for fans to return to these hallowed grounds for the Indy 500 this year."