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New York Governor approves racetracks to open

16 May 2020

On Saturday, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced horse racing tracks in New York and Watkins Glen International Racetrack will be allowed to open without fans as of 1 June.

The state will issue guidance on how they can open safely reopen in the coming week.

"What can you do, or what economic activity is willing to reopen without a crowd, right? They're talking about this in terms of sports. You're going to have baseball without a crowd but it can still be televised - great," Governor Cuomo said. "If you can have economic activity without a crowd, that's great. We can do that in this state with horseracing tracks, and we're going to do that. There will be guidelines for the actual participants, but no crowds, no fans. But for the industry itself, for the televised viewers, that can still work. That is also true with Watkins Glen, that can operate and there's a big viewership for Watkins Glen."

“I commend the governor for recognizing how important it is,” Jeff Gural, American Racing and Entertainment chairman told The Observer-Dispatch. “I think they’re in the right direction trying to get these outdoor activities open first. ... I think it is a good first step.”

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