NORWALK, Ohio — Coronavirus closures have been tough on a lot of small businesses across Northeast Ohio. One business owner announced last night that he's opening up for the summer, no matter what.
Summit Motorsports Park owner Bill Bader Jr. made the announcement in a Facebook Live video. Bader talked about the difficulties of scheduling a year's worth of programming, saying that, "COVID-19, it is unraveling before our eyes."
"We are opening. Summit Sports Park is not going to wait for permission," Bader said in the video. "Summit Sports Park is not going to wait for Dr. Fauci and wait for Amy Acton and wait for Mike DeWine because none of them even know I exist and none of them really care."
You can watch the full video below: **(WARNING: Some NSFW Language)**
The decision, according to Bader, is financial.
"We are starving, as honest as I can possibly be," he said, talking about staff layoffs, pay cuts, and loans for recent facility upgrades.
While Bader did say the park in Norwalk would be opening for the season, he didn't say when, but added that he'll be hosting another Facebook Live next week, where he'll be announcing the full schedule.
"I'm not asking," Bader said. "I'm opening."