Laurel Park to temporarily close to fans amid COVID restrictions

Laurel Park to temporarily close to fans amid COVID restrictions
Photo: Maryland Jockey Club

The Maryland Jockey Club at Laurel Park has announced that the public will not be allowed to enter the track, starting on Friday.

Racing will continue with only essential employees allowed, and off-track betting sites will remain open with restrictions.

Up to 250 people were previously allowed at Laurel Park before Thursday's decision was made in response to Maryland's health and safety protocols. 

The temporary closure is the latest in a string of COVID-19 related restrictions at Laurel Park this week.

On Tuesday, the jockeys’ room was closed to riders who are not based at Laurel Park. This restricted jockeys from other states coming and jockeys from Laurel Park leaving.

Additionally, owners and jockey agents have been prohibited from the stable area.

As of now, live racing will continue as scheduled Thursday through Sunday in November and Thursday through Saturday in December through the end of the Laurel meet on Dec. 31.

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