Woodbine Entertainment Announces Spectator Return

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From Friday, 16 July, spectators will be allowed back to horseracing courses across Ontario as the province moves to level three of its reopening plan.

Things are slowly returning to normal in Ontario, with the province moving to level three of its reopening plan ahead of schedule.  As a result, Woodbine Entertainment announced that a limited number of spectators would be allowed back to its Woodbine Mohawk Park.

According to level three guidelines, spectators are allowed to wager and simulcast at designated areas of a racecourse.  As of Friday, a maximum of 550 punters will be allowed back on the track’s grandstand. On 23 July, this limit is expected to increase to 75 per cent of the grandstand’s capacity, allowing larger audiences to attend.

Further Information for Visitors

Dining facilities at the track will also reopen, with Railside BBQ resuming its outdoor dining service. Additionally, the Mohawk Harvest Kitchen will be open from 23 July for indoor dining each Friday and Saturday evening. Tim Hortons will be available during live racing hours, although guests will need to make a reservation.

Starting from this Friday, wagering, simulcasting, and guest areas will be located within the Racebook section of the horseracing facility. These areas are designated to let visitors watch and bet on live horse races while offering a safe environment with ample social distancing. Visitors who plan to attend must register at the main entrance to the track.

Woodbine Entertainment noted that free parking would be available for visitors at the central parking lot, and spectators must enter the track through the main grandstand entrance. Spectators will be required to wear facemasks while indoor and outside, and when safe social distance cannot be maintained. Additionally, there will be no charge levied for attending the races.

To protect everyone, Woodbine Entertainment will also require guests to provide necessary contact information for bookings. The racetrack will follow a strict safety plan, with all its employees having undergone training regarding the mandatory health and safety protocols. Additionally, the track will regularly perform thorough sanitation processes in all communal areas and screen all visitors for symptoms upon entering.

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