LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Churchill Downs has announced new "all-inclusive" tickets and several public health precautions for the 2021 Kentucky Derby.

What You Need To Know

  • Churchill Downs announced its plans for the 2021 Kentucky Derby

  • Guest will be required to social distance, wear masks properly at all times

  • All reserved seating includes free food, drinks, and alcoholic beverages

  • Derby is set to take place the first Saturday of May

In a letter sent to season box seat and turf club members, the company announced its plans to impliment several public health protocols due to the coronavirus pandemic. The announcement mentioned social distancing rules, a mask mandate, and a capacity limitation that has not yet been determined.

"We anticipate that we will still be operating under a reduced seating capacity for the 2021 Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2021 and the Kentucky Oaks on April 30, 2021," the letter said. "Currently we are planning for a capacity in line with today’s protocols; however, we are hopeful that we may be able to extend seating options for additional guests as we get closer to the 2021 Derby and Oaks dates."

All in attendance will be required to wear masks at all times, both indoors and outdoors. The 2021 Kentucky Derby is scheduled for the first Saturday in May. Social distancing will be enforced through signs and floor decals.

The letter stressed that the public safety measures are a condition of admittance and will be "strictly enforced." After one warning, repeat offenders will be escorted out without a refund.

As far as the "all-inclusive" tickets, Derby fans have a lot to look forward to. For both the Derby and Oaks, all reserved seating includes food, non-alcoholic drinks, and alcoholic drinks. The letter did not specify how many drinks are included.

"You will also be afforded the opportunity to try a greater variety of food including past favorites and exciting new additions, while enjoying a full premium beverage selection. Complimentary mint julep and lily commemorative glasses will also be available as part of your package," the letter said.

All tickets will be non-refundable. The letter said that commemorative tickets will also be replaced by mobile tickets.

Bryce Shreve is a digital producer with Spectrum News 1 KY. He is a recent graduate of Indiana University Southeast and joined the staff in November, 2020.