Porsche Club of America - North Country (NCR) and Northeast (NER) Regions

Autocross COVID-19 Protocols

Revision 6.2

These protocols are in addition to, or revisions of, the standard NER and NCR autocross regulations and may be revised without notice.  These protocols also encompass and extend the mandatory COVID Autocross Minimum Standards for Moore Airfield.   Anyone who does not comply with these standards and protocols will be asked to leave the event.

  1. General
    1. In accordance with current Massachusetts travel regulations related to COVID-19, if you have been to any state except Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, New York, or New Jersey in the past 14 days, you may not attend the event. A full refund will be issued if you have already registered. More information in this regard is available at https://www.mass.gov/info-details/travel-information-related-to-covid-19.
    2. In accordance with updated Massachusetts restrictions on the maximum number of participants allowed at outdoor events, until further notice autocross will be limited to a total of 50 drivers and non-driving staff members.
    3. All attendees must self-screen at home prior to the event, including temperature and coronavirus symptoms. Anyone who shows an increased temperature, symptoms, is sick, or has had contact with anyone who is sick within two weeks of the event may not attend. A full refund of the fee will be issued.  Anyone who comes to the event and is sick or shows symptoms will be asked to leave.
    4. Social distancing of at least 6 feet must be maintained between all individuals. Separation of more than 6 feet is encouraged. Attendees may not enter car trailers other than their own.
    5. All participants must always wear a face mask covering their nose and mouth except when inside their car or working the course and distanced a minimum of 20 feet from other course workers.
    6. No passengers will be allowed in any cars (including instructors).
    7. Registered drivers may only drive the car they are registered in and may not drive any other car.
    8. No visitors or guests are allowed at events.
    9. Car windows (driver and passenger side) must always be kept open while on course.
    10. Events will be limited to 70 drivers.
    11. Registration is limited to experienced drivers (e.g., those who have done a minimum of 5 autocrosses).
    12. Gates will open at 7:30 AM and be closed at 8:30 AM. No one admitted after gates closed.

  2. All participants are required to bring:
    1. Drivers should bring their own lunch and enough drinks. Lunch, water, or beverages will not be provided, and participants will not be permitted to leave to get lunch.
    2. A Snell type M, K, or SA helmet with a Snell 2005 or later safety rating (NER requires 2010 or later). No loaner helmets will be available.
    3. Face masks, which cover the mouth and nose, to be worn at all times except when in a car while driving, or in the paddock, and when working the course and distanced from other workers.
    4. Hand sanitizer for personal use.
    5. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to bring hand washing soap, water, and bowls for personal use to supplement hand sanitizer.

  3. Event Operations
    1. Check-in
      1. Required waivers must be executed online at ncr-pca-ax.speedwaiver.com for NCR or for NER: https://pcaner.speedwaiver.com/ prior to the event. There are two waivers to be signed: the standard Release and Waiver of Liability plus a new Communicable Disease Waiver. Both waivers are required for all attendees and if not executed prior to the event the person will not be allowed to participate. Minors are not allowed except for JPP participants with the approval of the autocross chair.
      2. Upon arrival at the gate, hold up your driver’s license and electronic waiver badge for visual review.
      3. A sticker will be applied to your windshield indicating car number, run group, and work assignment. You must review this sticker and comply with all assignments.

    2. Paddock
      1. Cars must be separated by at least 6 feet.
      2. Don’t park near porta-potties, dumpster, or equipment containers. The parking area limit will be marked with cones.
      3. Follow standard procedures for removing all loose items from your car and mounting your assigned number while remaining at least 6 feet from those drivers parked adjacent to you.

    3. Technical inspection
      1. We will have a drive-thru tech station at the head of the paddock.
      2. Empty your car, put your numbers on (numbers must match windshield sticker), grab your helmet(s) and face mask then join the tech line.
      3. Stay in your car until your turn at the tech station, then open all hoods and trunks and assist the tech inspectors as directed.
      4. You will be required to show the tech inspectors your helmet rating and any other interior items they request to see including battery installation.

    4. Drivers’ meeting
      1. The drivers’ meeting will be held via FM radio on channel 89.5. Prior to the start of the drivers’ meeting a test announcement will be made over the radio to confirm reception. If you are too far from the timing tent to receive the broadcast, or do not have a working radio in your car, go to the designated area near the timing tent where the meeting will also be broadcast over the PA system.  Maintain a minimum of 6 feet from other people.

    5. Course walk
      1. Course walk will follow the driver meeting. Maintain social distancing and wear your face masks during the course walk.

    6. Timing
      1. No participants can approach the timing tent except for those who are assigned to timing. The timing tent will be limited to the timer, control, and announcer who must all be separated by at least 6 feet.
      2. Run times and penalties will not be posted on the trailer. The announcer will call out times and penalties. NCR will also use LiveTiming at https://ncr-pca.org/LiveTiming/.
      3. Disinfect tables, chairs, and equipment before and after each run group transition.

    7. Work
      1. Work assignments for each person will be on the sticker applied to each car at the gate.
      2. Course workers do not need to wear masks once they have arrived at their station and are distanced 20 ft at a minimum from other course workers.
      3. It’s recommended that course workers use gloves when handling cones; cones will not be sanitized
      4. Workers will be asked to stack cones at the end of the event, but on an individual basis only, with no stack building between persons encouraged.

    8. Award ceremony
      1. To be announced at the drivers’ meeting.

    9. Equipment set-up and removal
      1. Only staff assigned to setup and teardown will be allowed to handle equipment
      2. Wear gloves
      3. Disinfect equipment after setup and before storing in container

  4. Local Health Authority contact information:
    1. MA Department of Public Health, telephone number 617-624-6000
    2. Ayer Board of Public Health, telephone number 978-772-8213