Entertainment Sports Kentucky Derby Announces It Will Allow Fans in the Stands 'Under Strict Guidelines' Earlier this year the Kentucky Derby was postponed to Sept. 5 By Claudia Harmata Published on June 25, 2020 02:17 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Kentucky Derby. Photo: Rob Carr/Getty Churchill Downs Racetrack announced on Thursday that it will allow fans to attend the 2020 Kentucky Derby "under strict guidelines" amid the coronavirus pandemic. The decision came after consultations with Gov. Andy Beshear and state public health officials. “We truly appreciate the leadership of the Governor of Kentucky, Andy Beshear, and all of the hard work, collaboration and guidance that state and local officials and public health experts have provided us to safely and responsibly host Kentucky Derby Week in September with spectators,” Churchill Downs Racetrack President Kevin Flanery said in a statement. “Our team is deeply committed to holding the very best Kentucky Derby ever, and we will take all necessary steps to protect the health and safety of all who attend and participate in the Derby. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have established a comprehensive set of operating procedures, which include a multitude of precautionary measures to be followed while fans are in attendance at our facility," he added. "We are determined to keep our customers, employees and communities as safe as we responsibly can." Chinese Baseball Team Putting Robots in Stands Since Fans Can’t Attend Earlier this year Kentucky Derby Week was postponed to Sept. 1-5, with the Oaks on Friday, Sept. 4 and the Derby on Saturday, Sept. 5. In addition to reduced capacity and reducing fan access to facilities, Churchill Downs also updated their fan code of conduct. It states that "guests will be consistently and frequently encouraged to wear a mask at all times unless seated in their reserved seat or venue. This includes when: riding on a shuttle, traveling through the venue, going to the restroom, placing an in-person wager and purchasing food or beverages from a concession stand." Kentucky Derby spectators. Mike Coppola/Getty Fans will also be "asked to wash their hands for 20 seconds or sanitize them frequently" while at the event and are encouraged to socially distance themselves from others when possible. Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest stories Tickets purchased for the originally-scheduled May Derby are automatically valid for the new September dates, according to Churchill Downs. LeBron James Doubles Down on Not Wanting to Play Basketball Without Attendees “The impact of the Kentucky Derby extends well beyond the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs,” Flanery said. “It is an incredibly important time for the City of Louisville and the Commonwealth of Kentucky both culturally, economically and with respect to our time-honored traditions," he added. Both employees and guests are asked to take an active role in following all guidelines. We must all do our part to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.” As information about the coronavirus pandemic rapidly changes, PEOPLE is committed to providing the most recent data in our coverage. Some of the information in this story may have changed after publication. For the latest on COVID-19, readers are encouraged to use online resources from CDC, WHO, and local public health departments. PEOPLE has partnered with GoFundMe to raise money for the COVID-19 Relief Fund, a GoFundMe.org fundraiser to support everything from frontline responders to families in need, as well as organizations helping communities. For more information or to donate, click here.