With careful consideration of current COVID health and safety guidelines, Americade
has entirely redesigned its July 21-25 event to create a nearly “touchless”
experience for attendees.
“We are prioritizing our people first, and Americade second,” said Christian Dutcher, rally
director. “We want to be the model of how an event should be run, providing fun and
entertainment, while thoughtfully and comprehensively meeting the needs of 2020.”
The rally has instituted safety standards to include only outdoor venues and has eliminated all
shoulder-to-shoulder events. Both the expo and demo areas will regulate crowd capacity to
allow for appropriate social distancing. All rides have been converted to unguided rides with
individuals riding alone. Hand sanitizing stations will be provided, and the wearing of masks will
be encouraged throughout all key venues.
According to Dutcher, motorcycle manufacturers that provide demos have enacted their own
sanitation standards, which will be in full effect during the course of the week. Those standards
include cleaning motorcycles between uses, limiting the number of motorcycles in use, and
requiring advance registration for demos rides to avoid standing in line.
Other significant changes include utilizing digital platforms, like Facebook, for seminar
presentations and an online bidding website for the second annual Charity Silent Auction to benefit the
Wounded Warrior Project.
As one of the first major motorcycle rallies to take place after the mandatory stay-at-home order,
Americade looks forward to the excitement of its participants and the freedom of riding some of
the most scenic roads New York and Vermont have to offer.