GREAT MEADOWS, NJ – New Jersey State Police Superintendent Patrick Callahan said on Monday that an executive order violation was issued against the Island Dragway race track in Warren County. Callahan said over 1,000 spectators were out at the race track this past weekend. The track had to cancel a September 26th event called Grudgefest due to the violation and COVID-19 restriction which limits the facility’s capacity to just 500 fans, racers, workers and crew members.
Island Dragway enforces a social distancing policy, requiring all visitors to sign waivers and wear protective face masks in accordance with the Governor’s executive orders. Track operators also said they will be reevaluating a swap meet which they said they previously had the green light on from officials, but now have to research the matter further. Earlier this year, during the height of the pandemic, Governor Phil Murphy led outdoor political rallies in which thousands of people attended. All of Island Raceway’s events are outdoors.