Derby City Gaming, the Churchill Downs-owned casino in Louisville, as well as simulcasting at Churchill Downs itself, will close for 14 days in response to the coronavirus outbreak, Churchill Downs Incorporated announced Sunday.
In a statement released by Churchill, the company said, “In the best interest of our guests, employees and the community around us amid public health concerns regarding the Coronavirus pandemic, Derby City Gaming and Churchill Downs Racetrack simulcasting has made the difficult decision to voluntarily suspend operations, effective Sunday, Mar. 15 at midnight, for 14 days. There have been no reported cases of COVID-19 at Derby City Gaming or Churchill Downs Racetrack. We sincerely apologize to our patrons for this abrupt notice and any inconvenience it may cause.”
The statement went on to say the company plans to return to operation Mar. 30, and that it will continue normal payroll for all its team members during the 14-day break.
“With a heightened awareness of the ongoing developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are monitoring the situation with steadfast vigilance thanks to resources provided by the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control as well as the guidance of our local and state authorities and public health officials,” the statement said. “Derby City Gaming and Churchill Downs Racetrack are committed to providing a safe and comfortable experience for our guests and look forward to returning to full operation.”
Elsewhere in Kentucky, Lexington harness track The Red Mile announced it is closing for 14 days, while noting that it has had no cases of COVID-19 thus far.