**CORONAVIRUS UPDATE 3/11/20**
With Ponies In The Smokies just 2 weeks away and the World Health Organization just characterizing the Coronavirus as a pandemic, the PITS Crew has been in touch with city officials to stay plugged in on local level policies and actions.
The cities of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Kodak all share portions of the US-441/321 Parkway aka “The Strip” which is the main artery for local PITS travels to and from our venues, restaurants and accommodations. These cities and venues are closely monitoring the guidance of the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control regarding the spread of the virus and all have enacted heightened sanitation protocol. This includes more frequent cleaning of their facilities with recommended sanitizing products using enhanced cleaning techniques. Additionally they are taking steps to ensure the welfare of their employees and customers by closely monitoring employee health and instructing those who feel ill to stay home and consult their healthcare providers. They are also urging all employees to be vigilant about frequent hand washing.
More specifically to the Smokies Stadium, English Mountain Dragway, Junction 35 Spirits and the Sevierville Convention Center these same practices are being implemented with extra hand sanitizing stations, increased servicing of their restrooms and cleaning of food prep areas. Signage with helpful recommendations from the CDC will be present.
The PITS Crew is assisting our event venues with these efforts as well as protecting our staff by taking all the same precautions being recommended/mandated.
Bottom line with the potential threat this virus presents everyone must use a common sense approach to their personal safety and that of the public at large by exercising sound judgment and taking all necessary precautions for protection.
Below are links to the World Health Organization and Center for Disease Control websites where everyone can find updates and recommendations for personal safety and precautions.
We wish everyone safe travels to PITS and we look forward to your arrival at what is shaping up to be our biggest event yet!
The PITS Crew