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When Is the Kentucky Derby 2020?

It was postponed, but it’s still happening
kentucky derby 2020

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Due to the health concerns caused by the coronavirus pandemic, many in-person sporting events have been postponed, altered or straight-up canceled. The Kentucky Derby, for example, usually takes place in May, but things are different in 2020. Although the race was not canceled, it was postponed. Luckily for fans, they can still catch the race on Saturday, Sept. 5.

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Unfortunately, dedicated hat-wearing race fans can't watch it from the track. Churchill Downs had planned to allow less than 23,000 guests in total — a maximum of 40% of seated capacity and 15% of overall capacity within the 190-acre venue — and to implement precautions including mandated temperature checks, medical questionnaires, physical distancing and face coverings. However, organizers have since decided to run the race without any fans due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases in Louisville, Kentucky, and surrounding areas. Ticket-holders for all Derby week race dates and related programming will be issued an automatic refund.

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To watch from home, tune in to NBC on Sept. 5 at 3 p.m. And if you're trying to go all out, grab your floppiest hat, lay out the best game day snacks and sip on these creative Kentucky Derby cocktails that go beyond the mint julep.