It appears that big changes are coming at NASCAR races, as drivers and team members will no longer be forced to wear a mask while standing outside, according to an announcement made on Thursday.
The change in policy comes after drivers and team members were asked to wear masks when NASCAR started back up in May of 2020. The sport took two months off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dropping the rule of HAVING to wear a mask comes now that the CDC has stated that the risk of outdoor transmission of COVID-19 is extremely low.
“Going forward, our focus is on encouraging everyone to get vaccinated and preventing indoor spread of COVID-19,” a NASCAR email said Thursday morning.
When drivers or team members are inside their haulers or buildings on track property, they will be still required to wear a mask. Other than that, it is not mandatory.
It’s also not mandatory to wear a mask when sitting on top of the pit box during races.
It will be interesting to see if other sports leagues across North American follow suit and relieve members and competitors from having to wear masks moving forward.