Important Information – Racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park

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To Woodbine Mohawk Park Horsepeople,

Now that live (spectator-free) Standardbred racing has resumed in Ontario, our attention returns to ensuring the safety of all involved as we protect racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park through our updated and comprehensive COVID-19 Monitoring and Travel Restriction rules.

All Trainers are to ensure that all their staff are familiar and following the below instructions at all times. Please review thoroughly with your staff and reach out to Manager, Racing Operations, Megan Walker at mwalker@woodbine.com, if you have any questions.

Travel Restrictions  

Traveling within Ontario 

Anyone traveling within Ontario will have to go through the screening process and online screening survey.

Inter-Provincial Travel 

When travelling inter-provincially, horse people/employees will be a required to complete a 10-day quarantine, unless a negative COVID-19 test document is provided. The COVID-19 test must be taken in Ontario, on or after the fourth day after arrival in Ontario. The horseperson/employee will not be permitted to enter any WEG premises until they present the negative COVID-19 document, on or after four days of arrival in Ontario or after the tenth day of quarantine. On the 11th day, they will be permitted onto the property as long as they are symptom free, including free from fever reducing medication, as per the normal screening process.

Traveling from the US 

Horseperson/employees arriving from the USA will be required to follow all Canadian immigration rules which currently includes a 14-day quarantine and will be permitted onto WEG grounds on the 15th day.  Any horse person arriving from the USA who secures and presents a ‘quarantine exemption’ document, will be required by WEG to take a COVID-19 test in Ontario no sooner than the fourth day of arrival in Ontario. Once a negative result is confirmed, the horseperson/employee will be permitted onto WEG property through presentation of the test result document.  For extreme clarity, only horse people or employees who present a newly minted ‘quarantine exemption’ document from Canadian immigrations are eligible for this exception.

Proof will be required by each person in the form of a boarding pass, border crossing or anything that shows the date of return to Canada. Once WEG Security has that date, a COVID-19 Form will be filled out by Security management and the 14-day self-isolation period will begin from date of re-entry (pending documented proof).

Anyone returning from the US will not be permitted into the stable area or paddock and must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days before accessing the stable area.

Anyone traveling from the US and refuses to follow established protocols will be issued a mandatory trespass from the property without exception.

Traveling from overseas 

The horse person will contact WEG Security via phone and will supply them with the following information: name, date of return, contact info, Barn Number, License Number and Occupation. They will also advise what country they are coming from.

Proof will be required by each person in the form of a boarding pass, border crossing or anything that shows the date of return to Canada. Once Security has that date, a COVID-19 Form will be filled out by the Security management and the 14-day self-isolation period will begin from date of re-entry (pending the proof).

Anyone returning from overseas will not be permitted into the stable area or paddock and must self-isolate for a minimum of 14 days before accessing the stable area and must provide a negative COVID-19 test, which they must wait for 10 days into the quarantine before getting tested.

Thank you for reviewing the above rules with your staff, helping to keep Mohawk Park safe and for protecting Standardbred racing in Ontario.

(Woodbine Mohawk Park)