Following an announcement by Toronto Mayor John Tory that all of the Canadian city's major events and festivals scheduled between now and June 30 are being cancelled, Woodbine Entertainment said it is evaluating the potential postponement of the Queen's Plate, the country's biggest and most important racing event, scheduled for June 27.
A post on Woodbine's Facebook page states: “We are aware of the City of Toronto's announcement regarding the cancellation of all City-led major mass participation events through June 30. Furthermore, due to the postponement of the start of the 2020 Thoroughbred season in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have already been discussing and evaluating the potential postponement of the Queen's Plate, the oldest continuously run horse race in North America. Those discussions will be accelerated in light of this news and we will provide an update in the coming days.”
Woodbine, located in the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke, remains open for training, with enhanced safety protocols.
The Toronto mayor posted the following on Twitter:
Today we announced the cancellation of mass events permitted by the City through to June 30th. While the City recognizes the importance of special events and festivals to the livability and vitality of the city, protecting the health and safety of residents is of primary concern. pic.twitter.com/m6xcS70Gyn
— John Tory (@JohnTory) March 31, 2020
According to published reports, Toronto has 793 coronavirus (COVID-19) positive tests through March 30, with eight deaths attributed to the virus.
The choice of June 30 as the possible end date of mass gatherings in Toronto coincides with the national holiday, Canada Day, that follows on July 1 and often includes parades, carnivals, concerts and fireworks displays.
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