Churchill Downs Racetrack tells BourbonBlog.com that after consulting with Gov. Andy Beshear and state public health officials, the 146th runnings of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve and Longines Kentucky Oaks will occur with spectators under strict guidelines.
We’re including those guidelines below, and continue to follow BourbonBlog.com as we will bringing you coverage all the way up to Kentucky Derby Week, which will be held Sept. 1-5 with the Oaks on Friday, Sept. 4, and the Derby on Saturday, Sept. 5.
Churchill Downs’ plan was developed in conjunction with advice and counsel set forth by the Louisville Metro Health Department and Kentucky’s Healthy at Work guidance. Some of the steps that will be taken to
ensure guest and employee safety include:
- Venue capacity reductions to limit overall crowd density, including general admission, outdoor reserved seating, premium dining, and suites. More information on ticketing and seating areas will be released inthe coming days and also will be sent directly to ticket holders.
- General admission tickets will be limited to a specified number and only grant access to the infield. No general admission will be allowed in the “front side” or paddock areas of the facility.
- Access throughout the facility will be severely limited.
- Credentials for employees, media, and guests will be reduced.
- Barn area access will be restricted to essential personnel. Guests and parties in the barn area for morningworkouts and during race days will be eliminated.
- Changes in venue operations to limit person-to-person touchpoints.
- Team member protocols established to protect employees and guests.
- A revised Fan Code of Conduct that establishes expectations for guests coming to the Derby.
- Guests will be consistently and frequently encouraged to wear a mask at all times unless seated in their reserved seat or venue. This includes when:
– Riding on a shuttle
– Traveling through the venue
– Going to the restroom
– Placing an in-person wager
– Purchasing food or beverages from a concession stand
– Guests will be asked to wash their hands for 20 seconds or sanitize them frequently.
– Guests will be encouraged to socially distance themselves from others when possible.