Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's executive order no. GA-23, issued this Monday, will allow for the reopening of the state's simulcast racing on May 22. The order, relating to the expanded opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster, states that facilities may “operate at up to 25 percent of the total sited occupancy of the establishment.”
At 9 p.m. ET Monday, Lone Star Park has not made an official announcement regarding whether or not it is prepared to begin live racing on the 22nd, this coming Friday.
Sam Houston Race Park stopped live racing on March 22, a week before the scheduled end of the meet, in response to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. The meet at Lone Star Park was scheduled to begin on April 16, but that start date was delayed.
Training ceased at both Sam Houston and Retama Park on April 30, and training began at Lone Star on May 6.
Executive Order No. GA-23, reads, in part:
“Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020, for all Texas counties except Deaf Smith, El Paso, Moore, Potter, and Randall counties:
D. Bowling alleys, bingo halls, simulcast racing to the extent authorized by state law, and skating rinks that operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy of the establishment; provided, however, that (i) bowling alleys must ensure at least six feet of social distancing between operating lanes; and (ii) components of the establishments that have video arcades must remain closed.
E. Rodeos and equestrian events that operate at up to 25 percent of the total listed occupancy or, for outdoor areas, at up to 25 percent of the normal operating limits as determined by the facility owner; provided, however, that this authorizes only the rodeo or equestrian event and not larger gatherings, such as county fairs, in which such an event may be held.”
🐎🐎🐎@GovAbbott has announced that race tracks and simulcast facilities in Texas can open on May 22nd!
— Texas Thoroughbred (@TTAtexas) May 18, 2020
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