Carlisle Events resolved its dispute with the Pennsylvania Department of Health on Friday, with the state withdrawing its suit regarding pandemic safety precautions at its Spring Carlisle automotive swap meet.
The popular event, which opened Wednesday at the Carlisle Fairgrounds, was allowed to continue through its scheduled conclusion Saturday. The agreement also covers other planned automotive events at the fairgrounds.
The suit, filed Thursday, sought a court injunction to limit the number of attendees to 250 at any one time, in compliance with the governor’s current restriction limiting pandemic gatherings. The swap meet at the Carlisle Fairgrounds is a sprawling event that typically attracts 100,000 people, which the health department termed a “public health threat.”
Carlisle Events, which had postponed the event from earlier this year and canceled its collector car auction because of coronavirus, says that it has put necessary safety measures in place to protect show goers, including sanitizing stations.
The organizers also claim that the venue is large enough that there will never be more than 250 people gathered in one place at a time. Signs are visible throughout the venue urging people to maintain 6-foot social distances to avoid spreading COVID-19.
There were no details released about the agreement that allows Carlisle Spring to remain open. The state Department of Health and Carlisle Events released the following joint statement Friday afternoon:
“The Pennsylvania Department of Health is committed to protecting the health of Pennsylvanians, and our mission of a healthy Pennsylvania for all.
“We are pleased to have worked with Carlisle Events to improve its efforts to protect Spring Carlisle vendors and patrons and the public from COVID-19. As a result of those efforts the Department and Carlisle Events have resolved the current litigation.
“We will continue to work to protect the health of Pennsylvanians, while also assisting businesses as they work to reopen.”
State Governor Tom Wolf’s COVID-19 restrictions fall under the least-restrictive “Green Phrase” plan as the state reopens from strict pandemic closures. This phases limits gatherings to a maximum of 250 people.
On Thursday, Gov. Wolf issued updated business guidelines that allow outdoor recreation facilities, including motorsports, to resume operation.