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As the industry prepares for the resumption of racing, the AGCO would like to provide an update to trainers, assistant trainers, owners and veterinarians looking to add a horse to the Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage (EIPH) Program in Ontario.
On May 20, 2020, the Registrar announced a number of Temporary Rule Amendments to address pre-racing activities associated with the return to racing. These amendments were based on the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario’s (AGCO) active review of Ontario’s horse racing rules and regulations, and industry input, to ensure responsible measures are taken to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
WHEREAS standardbred horse racing was shut down in the Province of Ontario on March 20, 2020, thoroughbred racing was scheduled to commence on April 18, 2020 at Woodbine Racetrack and May 26, 2020 at Fort Erie Race Track, and quarter horse racing was scheduled to commence on May 10, 2020 at Ajax Downs Racetrack, but delayed as a result of a provincial emergency order and in accordance with public health restrictions related to COVID-19;
As part of its broader package of measures to support Ontarians and businesses that have been significantly impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19, the Government of Ontario amended Regulation 719 under the Liquor Licence Act (LLA) to temporarily allow liquor sales licensees (i.e., licensed bars and restaurants) to sell beer, wine and spirits as part of a food order for takeout or delivery. These changes are effective from March 26, 2020 until December 31, 2020.
The Government of Ontario announced that as of May 16, 2020, some seasonal services and activities are permitted to open, including golf courses. If you are a golf course operator with a liquor sales licensed clubhouse restaurant, you are permitted to sell alcohol with food takeout orders between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 p.m.
The Ontario Government announced its plans to lift the provincial emergency order on horse racing, effective May 19, 2020.
To prepare for the return to racing, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) is actively reviewing Ontario’s horse racing rules and regulations to ensure responsible measures are taken to help contain the spread of COVID-19.
As part of its broader package of measures to support Ontarians and businesses that have been significantly impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19, the Government of Ontario is making it easier for cideries to sell directly to consumers.
Effective immediately, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) has temporarily removed the requirement for cideries to have five acres of planted fruit in order to qualify for a retail store at their cidery.
As part of the Government of Ontario’s continued efforts to support businesses significantly impacted by the outbreak of COVID-19, the government has approved a change affecting liquor sales licensees that comes into effect today.
The AGCO remains committed to helping organizations that are licensed to conduct charitable lotteries in Ontario throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. The AGCO understands that charitable priorities and operational circumstances are changing due to the evolving health and safety situation.
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