COVID-19 Venue Safety Plan

Updated: 27/10/2020

Winton Motor Raceway has been closely monitoring the situation regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus. With the situation surrounding COVID-19 evolving so quickly, we are taking proactive precautions to protect the Health and Safety of our workforce and our customers to reduce the possibility that our ability to supply is impacted.

As of 11:59pm on September the 16th 2020 there has been advice given from the Victorian State Government that must be adhered to in the” Roadmap to Reopening”

The measures that we have introduced across our facility are in line with the recommendations from the Federal and Victorian State Governments which include:

In addition to these measures, Winton has been proactively communicating daily good hygiene practices, use of PPE and sanitising equipment and physical separation requirements to all personnel.

There has been a significant change in the Premiers address on the 25th of October that is related to outdoor sport.

This being that those involved as a driver or in a team is now  Limited to minimum number of people to play and facilitate the activity”  This does not stipulate a number, rather than outlining that there must be a minimum number that are there to help that car compete.  For example, a driver and three mechanics would not be in breach of any legislation.

Another factor now is that the patrons that are here that are related to the minimum number of those associated with the ‘activity’ are not included in the number of people at the venue.

As per instructions in line with the Hospitality sector Winton can now have up to 70 patrons.

“Hospitality in arenas/racetracks: hospitality venues in other sectors such as sports arenas are subject to the same restrictions as other hospitality if open to the public”

For outdoor space: Increasing to a patron cap of 70 patrons per venue outdoors subject to the density quotient (1 per 2m2)

Venue Rules & Actions

The following principles have been developed to guide in the lifting of restrictions around recreation activity. Recreation activities can resume if:

    • Social Distancing (at least 1.5 metres apart)
    • Wearing a face covering
    • Practice good hygiene
    • Winton Raceway keeps records and has the ability to act quickly if staff are unwell
    • Logging of all people who attend the work premises for longer than 15 minutes – Sign on at the main office upon entry and departure
    • Avoid enclosed spaces
    • Workforce bubbles are adhered to (rostering practices, limiting interaction between staff)
    • Strict limit of a minimum of 4sqm per person
    • The number of spectators who can attend is limited to 70.  
    • Added signage in place outlining hand sanitisation locations and extra precautionary measures taken, including.
    • Perspex screens at the café, kiosk, and sign on areas
    • New sign on secured area being made available
    • Winton staff to monitor social distancing
    • Card only payments, no cash allowed
    • Regular cleaning and disinfection of toilets, doorhandles, and other physically contacted areas.
    • Site map for sanitisation stations
    • All competitors/visitors to be required to be able to provide proof of their purpose of entry.
    • Bollards in place to ensure control of traffic flow past the main office to National Pit area
    • Fuel Shop has one customer at a time and has continued cleansing of area, including bowser
    • Food and drink facilities open for seated indoor and outdoor service (both food and/or drink):

    Maximum 10 people per group, seated 1.5m from other groups

    For indoor space: Open with a cap of 10 persons per indoor space, with a maximum of 40 patrons per venue indoors, subject to density requirements (1 per 4m2).

    This would be subject to regular cleaning and taking of names.

    Outdoor space: Outdoor areas with a maximum of 50 diners per area, group limit of 10, each area separated by 10 metres from the next. Maximum of 4 areas (200 peopl

Customer Restrictions

The Track entry/pit exit line is not to be crossed without the strict permission of the Clerk of Course.  The track entry line is defined on the exit of pitlane near the lighting operational lighting system.

This number excludes recovery or emergency staff who have exemption from these restrictions.

All other customers to the circuit must remain behind this line complying with the 1.5m social distancing rule on the pit lane side unless otherwise directed to do so.

These instructions will be relayed by loudspeaker, and with instructions given during the sign on period.

Melbourne Based Entrants

There is on occasion drivers and team members that travel to Winton from the Melbourne “Bubble”.   These patrons will not be allowed access until all the necessary work permits have been sighted and approved as per the instructions of the “Return to Play Guidance”.

These customers must bring their own food and drink, and must, at all times wear a mask.  Access to the kiosk is forbidden.

A suitable garage allocation is to be given to these teams that is away from the rest of the regional residents that attend our days.

One driver and one pit crew only are allowed.  There are no family members allowed to ensue that there is minimal risk to customers and staff.


Outdoor non-contact sport: allowed for adults – Limited to minimum number of people to play and facilitate the activity (e.g. cricket may be played with two teams of eleven players and the necessary coaching personnel and umpires) – Non-contact means participants must be able to maintain distance of 1.5m.

Garages & Carports

Participants will be allocated a section and must remain in that section aside from using amenities or accessing the café.

Any competitor that does not stay in their allocated area for reasons other than this will be give ONE warning, upon breaching this guideline again they will be removed from the venue.

Following these outlines, we can ensure that all guidelines and restrictions are compliant with social distancing of 1.5metres spacing per person, and 4sqm in any indoor facilities, such as a garage.

If a positive exposure, or similar symptoms are detected on site, immediate actions, including the contacting of medical professionals and exclusion off site will be followed upon direction given.


Scheduled and documented cleaning of areas around the venue. Continual supply of cleaning and hygienic products.

Sanitising Stations

There are numerous hand sanitisation stations within the boundaries of Winton Motor Raceway.

All are clearly signed.

At the National Pit they are at the following locations.

  • Garages 2/3
  • Garages 8/9
  • Garages 11/12 and
  • Garages 17/18

For catering staff and customers there are also extra Sanitising Stations situated at

  • V8 Kiosk and
  • Ticket Box

Staff Training and Education

Continual COVID -19 updates to staff.

Weekly meetings plus additional meetings when the environment changes.


Continual communication on a weekly basis with Police.

Continual monitoring of all VIC Gov legislation into outdoor gatherings.

Compliance officer for each day will be nominated prior to the event date.

Staff, and other persons who have possibly made contact will be directed to have precautionary tests as soon as practicable at a designated medical centre/hospital.

There is no reason why these high service levels will be not maintained.

This plan is to be reviewed on a weekly basis or if there are any major announcements made by the Victorian State Government.

For any further information look  at the Victorian State Govt webpage at

Should you require any additional information please contact Winton Raceway on 03 57607100