VERNON, N.Y. – Vernon Downs horse racing will open for the season on Saturday, and fans can come and watch the events starting next week.
Horse and auto racing venues can allow fans at 20% capacity starting Thursday, April 22. Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement during a media conference call Wednesday.
Spectators must show proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test or of a completed vaccination series to attend the races.
“That will be in line with our guidance for other professional sports events,” said Cuomo. “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.”
Vernon Downs hasn’t had fans in the stands since November of 2019, due to the pandemic.
People can also watch races at the Utica-Rome Speedway when the track opens May 7.