Watkins Glen International, NYS horse racing tracks to reopen June 1 without fans

Posted at 12:49 PM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 12:49:59-04

NEW YORK (WKBW) — New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday Watkins Glen International and New York State horse racing tracks will be allowed to reopen June 1 without fans.

The state will be issuing guidance in the coming week on how they can reopen safely but Cuomo said right now crowds and gatherings are the problem, so these sites will reopen but without fans.

The NYS horse racing tracks that will be allowed to reopen include Buffalo Raceway in Hamburg and Batavia Downs in Batavia.

Cuomo said he's open to allowing sporting events return to the state as long as the venues are empty, he said this allows for economic activity to return.

"What you want to do is increase economic activity as much as you can without spiking the infection rate," Cuomo said. "If you have economic activity that can take place but generates economic interest, also entertainment interest. A lot of people are sitting at home, something interesting on television to follow, that is great, makes staying at home easier and all our admonitions, stay home, stay home, it is easier with some entertainment."