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Impact of New Executive Order on Canterbury Park

On Wednesday Governor Walz issued Executive Order 20-99 in response to the worsening outbreak of COVID-19 across the state and throughout the Upper Midwest.  The order mandates the temporary closure of entertainment venues, including Canterbury Park, beginning this Friday night at 11:59 PM.

Since the onset of this pandemic, Canterbury Park has been an industry leader in promoting the safety of our team members and guests.  Canterbury Park was the first gaming property in Minnesota to close our doors this spring for the well-being of our community.  Since reopening, our team has implemented a robust COVID Plan that has delivered a safe and secure environment while giving our fans something to smile about in this challenging year.

To our knowledge, no COVID-19 outbreaks have been traced to Canterbury Park.  For those team members or guests who have become sick or exposed to COVID-19, we implemented a proactive, onsite contact tracing program utilizing our surveillance and security systems to take any and all measures appropriate.   Our adherence to CDC and state guidance for team member return to work policies has been as strictly enforced at Canterbury as anywhere in the state.  I’m proud of the effort and responsibility our team and guests have shown during these difficult circumstances.  To each and every one of you, thank you.

While we are disappointed Canterbury Park is included in this decision, we understand the current situation facing Minnesota and the need for the Governor to make difficult choices despite the real impact on businesses, communities and families.

We join others in the hospitality and entertainment industries making this tremendous sacrifice for the betterment of all of Minnesota. We will retain our commitment to protecting the health and well-being of everyone who works and plays at Canterbury Park when we are able to reopen.

The entire Canterbury Park family thanks you for choosing to play at Canterbury Park, and we look forward to welcoming you back when we can. We will keep you informed as we know more.

Randy Sampson
Canterbury Park CEO