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Golden Gate Fields to open after COVID-19 outbreak

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BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 19: Horse racing continues at Golden Gate Fields with no fans in attendance due to coronavirus concerns on March 19, 2020 in Berkeley, California. As millions of people in the San Francisco Bay Area are under a shelter-in-place order due to COVID-19, horse racing at Golden Gate Fields continues but the events are not open to the public. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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ALBANY, Calif. -- Golden Gate Fields will resume live racing on Jan. 15 after being closed for over a month due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

Track owner 1/ST Racing said Friday that after extensive testing, the COVID-19 outbreak at the San Francisco Bay area track has decreased to levels that allow for live racing.

Owners won’t be allowed to attend training or racing sessions as the winter meet begins, the track said.

Initially, the track was closed for a week in November to address the issue and then the closure was extended through December.

Golden Gate Fields’ stable area houses 1,300 horses.