With the start of the 2021 race meet delayed by a provincial stay-at-home order, Woodbine has been dealt another blow this week as a COVID-19 outbreak forced the closure of Barn 33. According to the Daily Racing Form, the horses in that barn have been shipped out temporarily, and all the personnel are in quarantine.
Several workers in other barns have shown positive tests for COVID-19 as well, and CEO Jim Lawson said increased monitoring will be taking place in those barns. Other measures include medical mask mandates and a push for vaccination of backstretch workers.
“We’re going into a critical period here for the next few weeks, until we can get [everybody] vaccinated,” Lawson told the DRF. “We’ve taken every measure that we can, and we’ll get through this.”
No date has been officially named for the start of Woodbine’s 2021 season. The current stay-at-home order is scheduled to be lifted on May 20, but there is no guarantee the order won’t be extended.
Read more at the Daily Racing Form.
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