USA – A horse racing track in Shakopee, Minnesota; Canterbury Park, has today announced that it is suspending all of its business operations temporarily amid growing concerns surrounding coronavirus.
The decision was made after taking in to consideration advice from the state regulator and has stated that all card casino, simulcast, and special events operations at Canterbury Park have be suspended.
According to reports, the decision was made over the weekend after the firm’s board of directors approved the motion in the interests of health and safety for both staff and customers.
Canterbury Park President and Chief executive officer Randy Sampson commented on the suspension:
“We are taking this serious step to temporarily suspend operations to ensure the safety and well-being of our team members and guests and to allow our team time to adjust to the climate we are all operating in. We will continue to monitor developments, relying on information and advice from the Minnesota Department of Health and other government resources, and will make a decision on reopening at the appropriate time.”
The Company will pay all regularly scheduled employees two weeks wages and will also allow them to use any accrued paid time off.
Sampson added details of the measures his firm is used to doing.
“We care about our dedicated Canterbury family of employees, recognizing that this is beyond our collective control and will cause inconveniences for many of them. We will continue to communicate directly with our employees and the greater Canterbury Park community as we become aware of new developments and will post updated information on our website as it becomes available.”
Canterbury Park Holding Corporation owns and operates Canterbury Park Racetrack and Card Casino in Shakopee, Minnesota, the only thoroughbred and quarter horse racing facility in the State.