Effectively immediately, the Maryland Jockey Club said it will temporality close Laurel Park, Pimlico Race Course and Rosecroft Raceway to the public "with the utmost regard for the safety and well-being of our customers and employees and in following the best available guidance from local and international health authorities" regarding coronavirus.
Live racing will continue at Laurel and Rosecroft, but only personnel licensed by the Maryland Racing Commission and staff required to put on the racing product will be allowed access. Wagering on live and simulcast tracks will not be available at Laurel or Rosecroft, and no simulcasts will be offered at Pimlico.
The MJC said all seven off-track betting outlets—standalone facilities in Boonsboro, Frederick, Hampstead and Timonium and those located in Maryland casinos (Horseshoe Balitmore, MGM National Harbor and Hollywood Casino Perryville)—will remain open. Wagering is also available online through The Stronach Group's 1/ST Bet and Xpressbet apps and other advance deposit wagering providers.
"We will continue to monitor the situation and will look forward to welcoming our fans and guests again soon," the MJC said in a release.
Live racing is scheduled at Laurel on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in March. First-race post time is 1:10 p.m.