Parx Racing is set to take another step towards normalcy.
According to a social media post from the Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (PTHA), the track will allow fans to attend starting with the card on Monday, July 6. The track currently is racing on a Monday-Wednesday schedule.
Though fans will be allowed, the track will continue to enforce strict protocols to protect against the spread of the coronavirus.
“All visitors must stay inside the Grandstand in designated areas,” the post says.
That means no trips to the paddock, winner’s circle, or even the track apron. “Only trainer and groom” may visit those areas, the post says.
Parx was one of the earlier tracks to cease operations because of Covid-19 and was dark for more than three months. The track’s last day before the hiatus was March 10 – it carded and then canceled the March 14 program – and it resumed operations on June 22.
Most of Parx Racing’s races since its return to action have been run under starter allowance conditions, but that is starting to change. The July 6 card includes the first straight claiming race since the track returned, as well as a maiden claimer.
“Please respect guidelines as we slowly reopen to the Public!” the PTHA emphasizes.