MILTON, March 11, 2020 – Due to the growing public concerns about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and as part of precautionary measures being taken in the interest of health and safety, Woodbine Mohawk Park and the Central Ontario Standardbred (COSA) today announced a new screening process for entry into the paddock.
Effective Thursday, March 12, anyone entering the paddock will be subject to several questions as a screening by security. Once cleared, the person entering the paddock will receive a sticker on their AGCO license that will excuse them from the screening process for seven days. At the conclusion of the seven days, the person entering will then go through the screening process again.
Woodbine and COSA strongly encourages horsepeople to give extra time when travelling to Woodbine Mohawk Park for live racing and qualifiers. The screening process may create wait times when checking in. There will be no exceptions given by the AGCO for horses arriving late to the paddock for Lasix or racing. Factoring in additional time for arrival is highly recommended.
Woodbine Mohawk Park will also be limiting paddock access to only participants, officials and staff. There will be no group tours or non-licensed guests allowed in the paddock until further notice.
While there have been no known cases of COVID-19 on the Woodbine Mohawk Park property, it is of great importance to Woodbine Entertainment and COSA to keep all our horse people, employees and guests safe and healthy.
Woodbine and COSA are committed to taking reasonable precautions and steps required to protect the safety of our racing participants and are continuing to keep up-to date with information provided by the Toronto Public Health and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Toronto Public Health have confirmed risks to COVID-19 continues to remain low, however, there are isolated cases in the Greater Toronto Area. The biggest risk remains coming in direct contact with family of friends that have travelled to Coronavirus hot-zones around the globe.
Please see additional information below on best practices:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
- Stay home when you are ill and immediately inform your employer if you are experiencing the following symptoms: Fever, Dry Cough, Muscle Aches, Tiredness and Difficulty Breathing.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands.
- If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
We require all participants to notify their employer immediately, if they or someone they live with has recently travelled to/from a designated affected area, such as China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Singapore or Iran. It is strongly recommended at this time that you remain home, seek medical attention and/or self-isolate for a period of 14 days.
Please use the handwashing stations and/or hand sanitizer outside the following key common areas in at Woodbine Mohawk Park during training and racing:
- Paddock Kitchen (everyone should wash their hands before and after eating)
- Race Office
- All Paddock Areas
What countries have been impacted by the COVID-19 and what should employees do if they have travelled to the designated affected areas?
There has been an increase in cases of COVID-19 in China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Singapore and Iran. The direction from Toronto Public Health for people who have travelled to Iran or the Hubei Province in China, is that they should self-isolate for a period of 14 days after your last day in the country. Returning travelers returning from the listed countries are asked to call Toronto Public Health at 416-338-7600.
Additionally, if you have travelled to any of these affected areas, please monitor for symptoms for 14 days after leaving and report it to your employer immediately.
If I have symptoms of COVID-19, what should I do?
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or difficulty breathing, please call your family doctor or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 and report it to your employer ASAP. If you are on-site at Woodbine, notify Security immediately and we will help you seek medical attention.
How many confirmed active cases of COVID-19 are in Ontario?
As of March 10, 2020, there have been 36 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ontario.
What happens in the event that the COVID-19 situation escalates in our workplace, in the municipalities that we operate in and worldwide?
Woodbine and COSA continue to monitor the situation closely and will follow direction and guidance from Toronto Public Health and relevant municipal/provincial authorities. Additionally, Woodbine has a working Task Force in place who are dedicated to developing and activating a preparedness and response plan according to the severity and impact level.
Thank you for your continued cooperation in maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and paddock area, and we will continue to update you as pertinent information becomes available.