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UPDATE ON COVID-19 PREVENTION POLICY
Throughout the pandemic, The Stronach Group and our 1/ST business organizations (the “Company”) have prioritized the health and safety of employees, backstretch personnel, patrons, and the communities where we operate by implementing policies based on current scientific guidance to reduce COVID-19 risks.
As the nation transitions from pandemic to endemic status, public health guidance and community preventative measures are shifting.
Consistent with those developments, the Company is rescinding its COVID-19 Prevention Policy dated December 3, 2021, effective immediately.
This means our weekly testing programs and masking requirements are ending and paid leave to test for or be vaccinated or boosted against COVID-19 will no longer be provided (unless you are awaiting your second dose).
We will continue to hold vaccination and booster clinics because they remain the most effective way to protect against serious illness and death.
Employees may continue to wear masks at their option, and we strongly encourage you to do so while indoors, in large gatherings, and when interacting with people who are at high-risk of infection. Employees who choose to wear a mask are to be respected and supported, especially since many community members cannot be vaccinated and remain vulnerable to disease.
The protocol for anyone who is feeling sick is unchanged: please go home or stay home and do not come to work until you are asymptomatic and have obtained a negative COVID-19 test result.
We will continue to provide employees, backstretch personnel, and contractors with rapid tests upon request while our supplies last. Please contact Health and Safety or Human Resources Department for more information.
Thank you for your past cooperation with the COVID-19 Prevention Policy and ongoing support of the health and safety of all those who work at and enjoy our facilities.
Following CDC recommendations face masks are required inside this facility REGARDLESS of vaccination status.
In order to best protect your health, please maintain at least 6' social distance at all times.
Effective Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Please be aware that we no longer allow patrons to enter our Pimlico simulcast venue with any outside Food or Beverage. Additionally, we will take the necessary steps to decommission the snack machines that are located on the First Floor of the Clubhouse at Pimlico as well. Our Pimlico Simulcast operation will continue to be limited to 25% capacity per the Mayoral Executive Order.
UPDATE ON PREAKNESS 145 and INFIELDFEST 2020
BALTIMORE, MD – “The Stronach Group and the Maryland Jockey Club are continuing to work with our key stakeholders to explore all options to set a new date for the running of Preakness 145. Our first priority in these difficult times is the health and well-being of our customers, our vendors, our employees and the horses we all love. A decision will be made on a new date for Preakness 145 and will take into consideration all of the recommended best practices from local and governmental health authorities to protect our community.
In the meantime, we have made the decision to cancel InfieldFest 2020. InfieldFest is a vibrant and cherished event for Baltimore City that brings together thousands of fans for legendary performances, unique hospitality and curated activations during the historic Preakness Stakes. This was a difficult decision but we are confident that it was the right one. We look forward to celebrating InfieldFest 2021 next year.
The guest services team has been in contact with fans who have purchased InfieldFest 2020 tickets to inform them of the decision and to provide them with options for their tickets including, a full refund, a transfer of their InfieldFest 2020 ticket to InfieldFest 2021 and the option to transfer their InfieldFest 2020 ticket for a seated ticket at Preakness 145. For more information please contact our ticketing office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 877-206-8042 between the hours of 10am – 5pm ET Monday through Friday or by visiting www.infieldfest.com.”
MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB MARCH 17 STATEMENT ON PREAKNESS 145
“Our first priority in these difficult times is the health and welfare of our industry participants and the public at large. We are working with state and local governments, our industry participants, media and other affiliates to determine the most appropriate time to conduct the Preakness Stakes. While we are mindful of the challenges these times present we also know that events like the Preakness Stakes can help restore our sense of place and economic well-being to our communities and state. As soon as we have further clarity on these matters we will inform all.”
MARYLAND JOCKEY CLUB TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE LAUREL PARK, PIMLICO AND ROSECROFT RACEWAY TO THE PUBLIC IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19; RACES TO CONTINUE WITH LICENSED PERSONNEL
BALTIMORE - With the utmost regard for the safety and well-being of our customers and employees and in following the best available guidance from local and international health authorities, the Maryland Jockey Club will temporarily close Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course and Rosecroft Raceway to the public effective immediately.
The Maryland Jockey Club at Laurel Park and Rosecroft Raceway will continue live racing as scheduled with personnel licensed by the Maryland Racing Commission in attendance which will provide our fans at home with the opportunity to stay connected via our 1/ST BET and Xpressbet apps.
We will continue to monitor the situation and will look forward to welcoming our fans and guests again soon.