MJC further refines COVID-19 quarantine policy

The Maryland Jockey Club has further expanded its quarantine policy for riders and others as a result of cancellation of the remainder of this year’s Colonial Downs meet because of COVID-19 positives.

Jockeys who rode races at the Virginia track and all dormitory residents of Colonial Downs during this time are prohibited from the grounds of all MJC facilities until Aug. 27 and must produce a negative COVID-19 test obtained and resulted within 72 hours of that date to be granted access.

Furthermore, all other backstretch personnel including horsemen, veterinarians, blacksmiths and others who worked at Colonial Downs during its meet will be prohibited from the grounds of all MJC facilities until Aug. 27 as well.

This is in addition to other quarantine policies currently in place. Previously, the MJC announced that jockeys currently riding out of state who come to Maryland must quarantine for 14 days from their return from another state and must produce a negative COVID-19 test result obtained and resulted within 72 hours of riding in a race in Maryland.

“The MJC considers the health and safety of our team, horsemen and riders as our number one focus,” MJC President Sal Sinatra said. "Upon consultation with our excellent team of doctors at MedStar Health, as part of our renowned Horsemen’s Health System with the MTHA, we feel aggressive policies are important to keep our community safe while protecting the livelihoods of the thousands of horsemen who rely on this industry."

It is recommended anyone recently at Colonial Downs within the past two weeks should self quarantine and monitor for symptoms of COVID which include but are not limited to fever, chills, sore throat, cough, loss of smell or taste, headache or body chills.

Patients exhibiting symptoms can obtain testing https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/. 

Members of the Maryland racing community may also utilize https://medstar-evisit.com to discuss COVID concerns with a provider.  Please contact the Horsemen’s Health System/MTHA Racetrack Office for further guidance at 410-902-6844 . 

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