Sam Houston Announces New COVID Policy

Horse Racing Radar
Valerie Mellema
Valerie Mellema is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Thursday, March 11, 2021
In coordination with Texas Governor Abbot's Executive Order ending the mask mandate for Texas, Sam Houston Race Park released a modification to their Health & Safety Policy yesterday as well. The Executive Order states that effective Wednesday, March 10, 2021, no person shall be required by any jurisdiction in Texas to wear a face covering, although individuals are strongly encourages to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth whenever it is not feasible to maintain appropriate social distancing. 

The adjusted COVID-19 Health & Safety Policy states:

"Customers, guests and visitors are strongly encouraged to wear face coverings over the nose and mouth while on Sam Houston Race Park property, but are not required to do so."

The policy continues to state "For those customers who are more comfortable in an environment where face coverings are required, the southern portion of the first floor beyond the curtain walls shall be an area where face coverings are required to be worn by all individuals until further notice, during both live racing and simulcast only periods."

Throughout the facility, the track is keeping all other Healthy and Safety policies in force, which includes all employees, vendors and contractors wearing masks while on the property and that no one should enter the track that has signs or symptoms of the virus. The South entrance and valet will remain closed. Everyone should continue social distancing. No moving of furniture. Frequent hand washing and sanitizing. And capcity restrictions in the Winner's Circle Restaurant, the Jockey Club and Reserved Seating areas shall continue without change. Protocols in the Barn Area and Jockey's Quarters shall continue without change. 

However, owners will now be permitted to enter the stable area starting March 15th, 2021.


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