May 20, 2021 – The Government of Ontario today announced a three-step ‘Roadmap to Reopen’ the economy plan based on decreased daily COVID-19 case counts, lower hospitalization rates, and the percentage of vaccinated residents. Live horse racing is included in Step One phase of the plan, which is estimated to begin on Monday, June 14.
“On behalf of the Ontario Racing team, we appreciate the Premier’s Office and health officials’ efforts in outlining a path for the return of live racing,” said John Hayes, Independent Chair, Ontario Racing. “We also appreciate the efforts of our industry partners, in working tirelessly to achieve this outcome. We now look forward to the return of horse racing, an industry that thousands of people throughout Ontario depend upon as their livelihood. To all Ontario horsepeople, we thank you for your passionate support of horse racing and the resilience you have shown throughout these extremely difficult times.”
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