This Many Fans Allowed at Belmont Park for Opening Week

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Belmont Park Opens Thursday, April 22nd

The Belmont Park horse racing meet begins [Thursday] and, after a year without fans in the stands, some spectators will be allowed in. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard has reaction from Saratoga Springs, where officials are hopeful for a more normal summer season.

Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement during a press call Wednesday [April 14, 2021].

“Effective Friday, April 23, spectators will be allowed at auto and horse races at 20 percent capacity for outdoor events, and that will be in line with our guidance for other professional sports events. The health and safety protocols that apply to sports events – face masks, social distancing, proof of completed immunization or recent negative test – will apply here, also.”

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