Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) today, September 3, 2020, filed a lawsuit against Bandimere Speedway for their blatant violation of public health orders. JCPH notified Bandimere Speedway in advance of their “Stop the COVID Chaos” event on Sept. 1 that large events, no matter their intent, remain subject to current Executive Orders and Public Health Orders as they are the law. This includes the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s PHO 20-28, JCPH’s PHO 20-007 which requires JCPH approval for large events, as well as JCPH’s PHO 20-008 which requires individuals to wear masks in outdoor settings when 6 ft. distancing cannot be maintained. After Bandimere refused to comply with both county and state public health orders, JCPH decided it had no choice but to take legal action against Bandimere to protect the safety for all county residents and encourage behaviors that limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
As we head into Labor Day weekend, JCPH reminds all businesses and community members that around previous holiday weekends, like the Fourth of July, both Jeffco and Colorado saw a surge in COVID-19 cases. However, Jefferson County has now begun to see a decline in case numbers, due to the hard work and dedication of our community to take public health precautions seriously. Events like the Sept. 1 rally at Bandimere Speedway put everyone at risk. As a community, we must work together to minimize the health impacts of COVID-19 both on an individual and economic level, which we can all do by continuing to be vigilant about public health precautions. These include wearing a mask in public, maintaining 6 ft. distancing, avoiding large gatherings and washing your hands often. It’s up to all of us, and JCPH remains hopeful and thankful that the majority of our community members are actively working to keep themselves, their families and their neighbors safe as we slow the spread of COVID-19 together.