Woodbine Entertainment is looking for the right measures to implement in order to protect its workers and the horse people of Ontario. Together with the Central Ontario Standardbred Association, the horse racing leader is willing to implement improved precautions against the growing concerns surrounding COVID-19. Woodbine Mohawk Park would introduce some changes to the training this week.
Ontario’s community is concerned with the growing number of individuals contracting coronavirus over the past few days. The tally shows that there are some 37 confirmed cases with the most recent one being a man hailing from the Sudbury area. The 50-year-old attended a conference in Toronto at the beginning of this month. He made his way to the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada 2020 on March 2.
Disinfecting in Progress
Public concerns with the virus have been growing over the past few days, as the number of individuals contracting it in the region of Ontario has increased. In order to take preventive measures and ensure that the individuals working on the racetrack are protected, Woodbine Entertainment is about to implement several measures. Wednesday morning is about to see no regular training.
Instead, Woodbine Entertainment has scheduled a complete disinfecting of the paddock, aiming to make the area as safe for workers as possible. Normal operation is expected to recommence on March 12, when qualifiers would see their regular training sessions beginning at 10 a.m. The management wants to make it clear that the Woodbine Mohawk Park and Woodbine Racetrack area has not reported COVID-19 cases.
It is all a safety measure that would give workers and horse people a peace of mind while they are busy with their day-to-day operation. Hygiene has always been a priority for the racetrack, but now it is time for improved efforts in this direction with the new cleaning protocol. The horses participating in premium races need to be trained by professionals and their health is of utmost importance.
Safety Measures for the Horse People
Toronto Public Health has confirmed that the risk of contraction of COVID-19 remains low as of now, but there have been cases confirmed in the Greater Toronto Area. Public Health Sudbury & Districts confirmed that the first case of coronavirus in Sudbury was confirmed on March 7, when a local made his way to the Health Sciences North with concerning symptoms. The beginning of March saw him attend a conference in Toronto where he is likely to have contracted the virus.
Five of the 37 confirmed cases in Ontario have recovered completely. On a national level, the confirmed cases are 95, with one death confirmed in British Columbia. Meanwhile, New Jersey confirmed that a 69-year-old individual working at Yonkers Raceway died Tuesday following several days of battling the coronavirus symptoms. He was admitted to Hackensack University Medical Center on March 6.
Casino locations in Ontario are also looking for ways in which they could alleviate concerns related to the virus. Casino Rama Resort enhanced its cleaning measures with flat surfaces around the casino venue, such as table games and slot machines being cleaned on a more frequent basis throughout the day. Across the entire casino resort, people have the chance to encounter sanitation stations.