Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) has announced a series of safety protocols for the Kentucky Derby, as it prepares to host the showpiece horse racing event after it was postponed for four months due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The 146th edition of the US meeting had been due to take place over the first weekend of May, but was delayed as a result of restrictions related to Covid-19.
The rearranged event will take place on September 5 at CDI’s Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, and the operator has set out measures to help ensure the safety of those in attendance.
“It is our privilege to be able to welcome fans to Churchill Downs every year and this year most especially,” CDI chief executive Bill Carstanjen said. “Along with that privilege is our paramount responsibility to ensure the safety of our fans, team members and participants.”
Fans will be allowed to attend the event, but capacity will be limited to 23,000, with a maximum of 40% occupancy of reserved seats. There will be no general admission available throughout Kentucky Derby Week.