Woodbine CEO Lawson Reveals Timeline For Reopening Racetrack

The faucet of racetracks making firmer plans for their spring and summer meets through the COVID-19 pandemic continues to open, and Woodbine is one of the latest to lay the groundwork for a return, as discussed by CEO Jim Lawson in the Toronto Sun.

With 1,100 horses stabled on the backside, and strict protocols in place in terms of staffing and distancing, Lawson said the plan to reopen for racing started with opening the track for breezing on May 1. Within a few weeks, additional staff would be brought in for timed works and starting gate operations. If all goes to plan, Lawson said an optimistic projection would see spectator-free live racing pick up sometime in June.

“With the optimism that we all need to share, we anticipate that we are approximately six weeks away from resuming live racing (under the strict conditions being developed with the [Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario]) if the Provincial Declaration of Emergency is lifted and parts of the economy are permitted to gradually re-open following government and health officials’ guidelines,” Lawson told the Sun. “I will continue to provide updates in the coming weeks on how we are progressing towards this optimistic target.”

The 2020 Woodbine meet was originally scheduled to begin on April 18, but the season was postponed indefinitely on March 23. The Queen’s Plate, one of the track’s signature races, was originally slated for June 27, but it was held over for a date still to be determined.

Read more at the Toronto Sun.

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