Horse and car racing will resume in New York next month — without spectators in the stands, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.
All tracks statewide — from Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens, Belmont Park in Long Island to upstate’s Saratoga Raceway may reopen June 1, the governor said at his daily press briefing in Albany.
“If you can have economic activity without a crowd, that’s great. We can do that in this state with horse racing tracks … no crowds, no fans but for the industry itself, for the televised viewers, that can still work,” Cuomo said.
Keeping fans out helps to contain the coronavirus, he noted.
The state is also working with Major League Baseball to develop a plan so that the Yankees and Mets could play, sans fans too, Cuomo said.
“When you look at the risk-reward, there is a lot of reward for minimal risk,” Cuomo said about televised sports when asked about the probability of a professional baseball season.
Carnival CEO says cruise industry always combated worldwide diseases
Carnival Corp. CEO Arnold Donald hopes scientists and officials align on coronavirus protocols in the coming weeks to help his industry.
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Carnival Cruise Line is slated to resume some of its North American trips this summer after the cruise industry suspended nearly all operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On Monday, Carnival Corp announced that eight of its ships from Miami, Port Canaveral and Galveston will resume operations starting Aug. 1. However, cruises in all other North American and Australian markets will remain suspended until Aug. 31.
All cruises prior to this date will remain canceled. In April, the cruise line had hoped to resume some of its North American operations by June 27.
A week prior to the announcement, Carnival CEO Arnold Donald told FOX Business' Liz Claman that he was unsure when the cruise industry would recover from the cancellations caused by the pandemic.