Thousands of supporters gathered at Bandimere speedway on Tuesday night, though they did not gather to watch racing. This, in many attendees' words, was a peaceful protest.
The Stop the COVID Chaos Rally was held to promote two lawsuits being filed against Colorado policies related to COVID-19. The first is being filed by Bandimere Speedway against Jefferson County for its health regulations on businesses. The second is being filed by Colorado House minority leader Rep. Patrick Neville against Gov. Jared Polis's emergency mask mandate.
"The crux of our lawsuit is that the governor is violating the separation of powers," said Neville during an interview at the rally. "People are fed up, they want to get back to work they want to get the economy back up and that is what most of the people are here for."
Bandimere was specifically warned by the health department not to break the social distancing guidelines put forward by the county and state.
A letter from Jefferson County Public Health sent to the race track on Tuesday told the operators to "follow all public health orders."