As part of coronavirus (COVID-19) health and safety protocol issued by the Maryland Jockey Club and its parent company, The Stronach Group, it is imperative that all persons in the stable area at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course wear face coverings.
The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association earlier arranged for the making and shipment of reusable face masks for use by those who work on the backstretch. They were distributed by MJC security staff to backstretch workers, trainers, assistant trainers, exercise riders and others, and more are available. Costs were funded by the Maryland Horsemen's Assistance Foundation.
“Based on the protocols at other Stronach Group tracks, everybody should be wearing a face covering,” MJC Director of Security Major Mike Singletary said. “And if we’re trying to get back to having live racing, this is one of the initiatives set forth by the governor. If anyone needs a mask, they should ask a member of the security team. Stock is available. If masks are provided, masks should be worn.”