LEXINGTON, Ky. – Fans will be allowed at this year’s re-scheduled Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville on Sept. 5 “under strict guidelines,” the parent company of the track announced on Thursday morning.
The track received approval for its plan to allow spectators from Gov. Andy Beshear and state health officials, Churchill said in a release. Under the protocols, “guests will be consistently and frequently encouraged to wear a mask at all times unless seated in their reserved seat or venue,” including when walking throughout the facility, using the restroom, placing a bet at mutuel windows, and purchasing food and beverage.
While details in the release were far and few between regarding how many tickets Churchill would sell for each of its numerous seating areas, the track did say that general admission would no longer give a customer access to the front side. Instead, all general admission tickets will be limited to the infield.
“The import of the Kentucky Derby extends well beyond the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs,” said the track’s president, Kevin Flanery, in a release. “It is an incredibly important time for the City of Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky culturally, economically, and with respect to our time-honored traditions. Both employees and guests are asked to take an active role in following all guidelines. We must all do our part to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.”
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