Kentucky Derby suspends operations for 14 days; moves Derby to Labor Day weekend

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(WEHT)- Churchill Downs Racetrack announced that they have suspended simulcasting operations. This went into effect Sunday, March 15 at midnight, for fourteen days.

The Kentucky Derby has been pushed back to Labor Day weekend.

It was originally scheduled for May 2nd.

To ensure the safety of guest officials instituted the following practices at Churchill Downs Racetrack:

  • Doubling all housekeeping staff at the track and on backside to increase frequency of cleaning disinfecting high-touch surfaces including gate turnstiles, doors, doorknobs, handles, restrooms, tables, chairs, light, switches, elevator buttons security card readers, etc.
  • Educating all employees on CDC guidance, including proper handwashing techniques, and the avoidance of touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Requesting all vendors to thoroughly communicate hygiene protocol to their staff and employees.

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Officials say they have been working carefully and diligently with relevant health experts and authorities to ensure we make the most responsible decision regarding the timing of the 146th Kentucky Derby this year.

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(This story was originally published on March 16, 2020).

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