COVID-19 Ship In From Out of State

This is the protocol for Horsemen coming in from out of state (exempt are PA, NJ, VT, MA Conn) all other states must follow the guidelines below. You will be required upon entering NYS having taken a COVID test 3 days prior to your departure from whatever state you were in. You will then notify Backstretch Security Manager Charles Astarita at (518) 584-2110 EXT 5650 or Race Secretary Peter (PJ) Iovino (518) 584-2110 EXT 5660. Please provide the date and result of your first test. If you have to leave a voice mail please leave a phone number so we can reach you at to confirm your information. You will be required to quarantine for 3 days. Day 4 of your return you will have to take another COVID test if both tests are negative you may return within 10 days of your arrival in NYS.

Access to the Backstretch as always requires that you be put on our Master list for COVID tracking on the Backstretch. If you are not already or you are not sure please fill out the a sheet, you can email the sheet to [email protected] prior to the conclusion of your quarantine or summit once cleared. Reminder submissions to the Master sheet can take up 48hrs to process and you will not be granted entry until you are on the list. To check if you are on the list you can call the Stablegate at (518) 584-2110 EXT 5667.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced new guidelines allowing travelers to New York to “test out” of the mandatory 10-day quarantine for asymptomatic individuals. Travelers from states that are contiguous with New York are exempt from the travel advisory; however covered travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form. Essential workers will continue to be exempt as well. The guidance also applies to any person who has traveled to CDC Levels 2 and higher Health Notice country under the COVID risk assessment.

For any traveler to New York State from a noncontiguous state, US territory or CDC level 2 and higher country, the new guidelines for travelers to test-out of the mandatory 10-day quarantine are below:

  • For travelers who were out-of-state for more than 24 hours:
    • Travelers must obtain a test within three days of departure, prior to arrival in New York.
    • The traveler must, upon arrival in New York, quarantine for three days.
    • On day 4 of their quarantine, the traveler must obtain another COVID test. If both tests comes back negative, the traveler may exit quarantine early upon receipt of the second negative diagnostic test.

The local health department must make contact with the state the traveler came from, to ensure contact tracing proceeds there as well. All travelers must continue to fill out our traveler form upon arrival into New York State to contribute to New York State’s robust contact tracing program.

The travel guidelines require all New Yorkers, as well as those visiting from out-of-state, to take personal responsibility for compliance in the best interest of public health and safety.

Charles Astarita

Administrative Security Manager

Saratoga Casino Hotel

342 Jefferson Street, PO Box 356

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

(518) 584-2110 Ext. 5650

[email protected]

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