Jun 25, 2020 - Sports

Kentucky Derby rescheduled for September, will allow audience

Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby. Photo: Jamie Squire / Getty Images

The Kentucky Derby has been rescheduled for September 4-5, and is expected to allow spectators on site, but will impose COVID-19 precautions including limited occupancies and barn access, as well as encouraging guests to wear face masks, per a Thursday announcement.

Why it matters: The Derby, usually held in May, is the world's most famous horse race. Kentucky itself has seen a plateau in coronavirus cases, according to state data, and has not experienced the spikes that other states across the U.S. have amid reopening plans.

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