The upcoming Kentucky Derby is currently slated to allow fans, but that plan could soon change.
During a Tuesday afternoon press conference, following the Indy 500’s decision to not allow fans, Governor Andy Beshear said that he wants to see a change of plans to next month’s Kentucky Derby regarding attendance along with the addition of strict guidelines.
“If it [Kentucky Derby] were today, I would want to see some changes made to the plan,” Beshear said on Tuesday. “If it were today, I would want to see the crowd thinned out and I would want to see significant enforcement.”
As a state, Kentucky’s number of positive coronavirus cases surpassed 700 on Tuesday and the seven-day rolling average is now 581.6. Churchill Downs initially announced on June 25 that the Derby would hold fans for the rescheduled race on Saturday, Sept. 5. Now it would appear that, at the very least, seating capacity will be reconsidered.
“What we do want to see is where we are a week from now,” Beshear added. “But do I believe that if done right there can be some fans, then yes. I do believe there can be some. And the level would really depend on where we are with the virus and then the plan. But it’s a huge complex to spread them out. … We’ll look at capacity changes, probably number of people and where they are. And I think those are things Churchill is ready to talk about, when and if we get to that point.”