With a Business Closure Order still in effect, Pennsylvania residents have not been able to do much outside of their homes, if anything at all. However, a new Pennsylvania bill that was drafted last week may offer motorsports competitors a bit of solace.
Initially, the executive order issued by Governor Tom Wolf prohibited the physical operation of businesses that are not life-sustaining until further notice. It was later amended to include a stay at home order. This meant folks were not able to experience the invigorating rush of participating in motorsports. To that end, the new Pennsylvania bill proposes the immediate resumption of outdoor recreational activities, including motorsports and racing, in the Keystone state.
We’re sure that the SEMA-supported legislation might seem a bit tone-deaf to someone whose loved one might be suffering from complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, whether it be physical, financial, or some other ailment. To that end, the bill requires such activities to adhere to the social distancing practices and other mitigation measures defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
We sympathize with those who may be facing difficulties during this time, and recognize the tension that exists between trying to keep everyone safe and healthy without imposing on the free rights of others. It seems the discussion of such a bill represents the consideration of both sides of the coin.
Ironically, jokes of a ‘quarantined track day’ have made rounds on the interwebs. It seems, though, that there may be something to this idea after all. Taking some extra health and safety precautions in order to go full-tilt around Pocono Raceway sounds like a pretty decent trade-off, especially when compared to doing laps around the living room.
The Pennsylvania bill is currently awaiting consideration in the House Committee on State Government, and we’ll keep our eyes out for updates as they come along. Personally, I’d love to take advantage of the opportunity to go stretch the legs of my Camaro ZL1 1LE. What are your thoughts on the matter? Speak to us in the comments below.