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Gov. Beshear: No Kentucky Derby plan changes yet, fans can still attend under strict guidelines

Posted at 5:09 PM, Aug 04, 2020

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Governor Andy Beshear has not announced any new changes for fan attendance when it comes to the Kentucky Derby but said if it were held today, he would want to see some serious restrictions in place.

"If it were today, I would want to see some changes made to the plan," said Gov. Beshear during a Tuesday afternoon news conference. "If it were today, I would want to see the crowd thinned out and I would want to see significant enforcement."

This comes as it was recently announced the Indy 500 will run without fans later this month. As of now, the plan for the Kentucky Derby is to have it with fans, but capacity decisions will be contingent on where cases stand in the state with the virus.

"What we do want to see is where we are a week from now, but do I believe that if done right, there can be some fans, then yes," said Gov. Beshear.

The Kentucky Derby is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 5.