COVID-19 Information For TopGear Karting

UPDATE MARCH 20TH: In light of today's announcement from the PM, we have decided to close TopGear Karting from Sunday March 22nd until further notice.
All bookings for Saturday March 21st WILL be going ahead as planned with all of our safety measures in place.
As there is a grey area surrounding what businesses are required to forcefully close at this moment in time, and although we have such a small capacity, we've decided for safety we will shut our facility to the public until we have more clarity on the situation
Announcing this at 5pm on a Friday with such a blanket statement obviously isn't ideal and we apologise to anybody who this has impacted, but obviously nothing in this entire situation is ideal in the slightest.
We will continue to update our visitors as more light is shed on the situation. Depending on how long we remain shut, we will update any upcoming bookings as the situation develops. We appreciate your patience and support during this time.
From everyone here at TopGear, we appreciate all of your support and we hope we can see you all again soon. We will leave all previous COVID-19 information available below for when we do reopen our doors.


Measurements We’re Putting in Place/Already in Place

  • Cleaning procedures have been increased throughout our facility.
  • Anti-bacterial hand wash will be available for use. We recommend customers wash their hands before and after their time on the track.
  • Due to the government recommending higher levels of social distancing, only eight customers will be allowed in our facility at one time (large group bookings will be dealt with on an individual basis).
  • After every session on the track, we will have a mandatory cleaning interval in which all karts, touch points and equipment will be thoroughly disinfected for the next users. NO CUSTOMERS WILL BE ALLOWED NEAR THE TRACK DURING THESE INTERVALS. The next session will not begin until all key areas have been cleaned.
  • All drivers are required to wear a balaclava when driving. Ensure this is covering your mouth whenever you wear a helmet. You can either bring your own, or you can purchase a brand new balaclava from us for just £3.
  • To increase social distancing, we now have a one door in, one door out system for all customers. This will ensure the entranceway is kept clear and safe for the next group of customers.
  • To reduce time spent in the building, we now recommend customers arrive no more than 10 minutes before their session time. Don’t worry, your time on the track will not be cut short, we just ask customers to arrive later than usual to allow us the time to properly disinfect all required areas and equipment while the track is clear.
  • All overalls will only be used once per day before being sent away to be thoroughly washed and disinfected.
  • Our track is fitted with a top-quality ventilation system to ensure a constant flow of fresh, clean air.


The Benefits of Going Go-Karting in the Current Climate

  • Compared to other enclosed environments such as cinemas, shopping centres, large indoor-only activity centres and more, our very low concentration of people and customer rotation system means we can keep our facility safe and clean at all times with high levels of social distancing.
  • We do not promote large gatherings within an enclosed space in order to promote social distancing: only eight customers at a time will be allowed into our facility, meaning a far more reduced risk.
  • Although we are an indoor track, our space is not enclosed as it is very well ventilated and our large shutter doors will remain open to increase clean airflow throughout our facility.
  • As you will be in your own kart racing at your own speed, contact between people while racing is practically non-existent.
  • With our small group sizes and increased safety measures, TopGear’s go-karting is one of the lowest risk indoor activities in the North East for eight years and up in our opinion.


Government Advice

This guidance is for everyone. It advises on social distancing measures we should all be taking to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is intended for use in situations where people are living in their own homes, with or without additional support from friends, family and carers. If you live in a residential care setting - guidance is available at residential care setting

We are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.

This group includes those who are:

  • Aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
  • Under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (e.g. anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical grounds):
  • Chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
  • Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
  • Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
  • Diabetes
  • Problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
  • A weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
  • Being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
  • Those who are pregnant


Note: there are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this category, next week the NHS in England will directly contact you with advice the more stringent measures you should take in order to keep yourself and others safe. For now, you should rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full, outlined below.


  • People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:
  • People who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
  • People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
  • People with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
  • People with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)

What is Social Distancing?

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are:

  • Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough;
  • Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible;
  • Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information;
  • Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller enclosed public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
  • Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
  • Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.
  • Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic.

This advice is likely to be in place for some weeks. For those who are over 70, have an underlying health condition or are pregnant, we strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can, and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible.


TopGear’s Advice

  • Please put your own safety and the safety of others before anything else. Do not visit our track simply because you feel you may miss out financially/on a fun day out. We are all in the same boat and we will all sadly have to make sacrifices.
  • Anyone with an underlying health problem as outlined above should think long and hard before visiting our track.
  • Anyone that has contact with anyone that falls into the at risk categories listed above should think extensively before coming to TopGear Karting.
  • Anyone exhibiting the symptoms associated with coronavirus (COVID-19) SHOULD NOT ATTEND an event at our venue.


Go-karting is an industry built on making sure guests are safe at all times while in our care, and that does not change in the face of COVID-19. We will continue to provide you with a memorable experience while remaining safe.

If you have a booking with us and are either ill or concerned about your health, we ask that you follow public health recommendations and do not visit our track. Despite our best efforts to remain operational for customers that wish to attend, we fully understand that circumstances and concerns are evolving daily so we are prepared to reschedule any previously booked session for any time within the next 6 months (unless government guidelines change) at no extra cost or we can cancel it (deposits non-refundable).
If you have any other queries or concerns, please contact us on 0191 3860999 or email us on

In these uncertain times, we massively appreciate your continued support, and hopefully we can all do our part to get through this.