Shortly after implementing new restrictions on the Saratoga Race Course jockey colony to address concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the New York Racing Association and officials from the City of Saratoga Springs announced July 14 additional safety measures that will be in place during this summer’s race meeting.
The much-anticipated annual meet usually attracts tens of thousands of customers daily, including many from the local area. As a result of COVID-19 restrictions, those customers will not be permitted to attend the track this year—inside or just outside. A number of social media posts have discussed setting up viewing groups on the racetrack’s perimeter, where fencing allows a view of the racing, but NYRA and the city pushed back against those plans.
“We want you to enjoy this summer’s meet,” said NYRA communications director Pat McKenna, “but we are asking you to do so from the comfort of your home or backyard, at socially distanced and responsible watch parties.”
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