COVID Plan

COVID-19 Venue Safety Plan

Updated: 25/11/2020

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 the 8th of November, there has been changes to the Vic State Govt legislation in regard to restrictions surrounding Covid.

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 were also significant changes 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 500 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 500 patrons per venue outdoors subject to the density quotient (1 per 2 square metre)

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 500 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 500 patrons per venue outdoors subject to the density quotient (1 per 2m2)

As of the 23rd of November 2020 the wearing of masks is no longer mandatory outdoors.

Venue Rules & Actions

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

    • 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 is no longer mandatory outside.
      • 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 or utilise the multiple QR Scan codes on your smart device
      • Avoid enclosed spaces
      • Workforce bubbles are adhered to (rostering practices, limiting interaction between staff)
      • Strict limit of a minimum of 4sqm per person indoors, 2sqm ouotdoors
      • The number of spectators who can attend is limited to 500. 
      • 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 at the bottom of race control.
      • Winton staff to monitor social distancing
      • Card only payments, no cash allowed
      • Regular cleaning and disinfection of toilets, door handles, 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):
      • The café can open for outdoor and indoor seated service of food or drink. Limits apply to the number of customers. This limit on customers for seated service is in place to ensure everyone can keep 1.5 metres distance. 
      • Tables must be at least 1.5 metres from other tables, with a maximum of 10 people per “collection” of tables. The ‘collection’ of tables could include one table of 10 people or multiple tables of smaller groups to a maximum of 10 people.  There must be a distance of 5 metres, or temporary structures to separate each “collection” of tables

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.

Competition

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.

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.

Garage doors, specifically T garages and the Southern Pits will, unless for security reasons, have their doors left open to ensure that there is less handling of garage doors and handles.  It is understood that this may not be able to happen at all times if vehicles are secured in their garages.  Handles should be regularly disinfected simply using a spray.  This will be reviewed regularly to ensure that these areas are able to remain clean inside from the elements.

Hygiene

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

Toilets should have their cleaning sheets updated regularly when cleaned.

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 

Staff Training and Education

Continual COVID -19 updates to staff.

Weekly meetings plus additional meetings when the environment changes.

Compliance

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  https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/state-emergency

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