At 1/ST & Golden Gate Fields, the health and safety of you, our guest, is our top priority. Below are links to the most recent news and announcements regarding Covid-19 safety protocols at Golden Gate Fields. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we are all in this together.


August 3, 2021Mask Wearing Indoors Now MANDATORY at Golden Gate Fields

Eight Bay Area health officers have just issued Health Orders requiring masks indoors in public places. The Orders require all individuals, regardless of vaccination status, to wear face coverings when indoors in public settings, with limited exceptions, starting at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, August 3rd.

The new Health Orders require wearing a well-fitting mask indoors in public settings. Indoor settings, whether public or private, are higher risk for COVID-19 transmission, especially when you are with people you do not live with. Health officials also recommend that all employers make face coverings available to individuals entering their businesses, and businesses are required to implement the indoor face covering order.

Today’s Health Orders are consistent with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the California Department of Public Health, which recommend that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks while in indoor public settings. Bay Area Health Officers will continue to monitor data, including increasing vaccination throughout the region, to determine when the Orders can be adjusted or lifted.

The Alameda County Order directs that face coverings be worn over the mouth and nose in indoor public settings by all residents, with some exceptions, similar to statewide face covering requirements for unvaccinated residents.

For more details see the order CLICK HERE


July 20, 2021Mask Wearing Indoors now Recommended Regardless of Vaccine Status at Golden Gate Fields.

With cases of COVID-19 rising locally and increased circulation of the highly transmissible Delta variant, the Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Sonoma, and the City of Berkeley recommended in a press release recently that everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks indoors in public places to ensure easy verification that all unvaccinated people are masked in those settings and as an extra precautionary measure for all. As such, Golden Gate Fields will be asking our visitors and patrons to wear a mask while inside the clubhouse during their visit. This does not apply to outside seating in the grandstand. *Subject to change without notice.

June 16, 2021New Guidelines for Fans in attendance at Golden Gate Fields
California health officials have recently released new guidance to businesses regarding Covid-19 safety precautions. As such, we will be following the CDPH recommendations as it relates to masking and social distancing. They can be found here. These new guidelines will be in place until further notice.

We ask that if you don’t feel comfortable with the new Covid-19 guidelines, that you watch, wager & win from the comfort of your home or office using 1/ST BET, the official app of Golden Gate Fields.


April 16, 2021 – Covid-19 Safety Guidelines for Limited Capacity Opening to fans starting Friday 4/16/21


April 8, 2021 GOLDEN GATE FIELDS TO WELCOME FANS BACK AT LIMITED CAPACITY WITH COVID-19 PROTOCOLS IN PLACE  

March 17, 2021 INFORMATION ABOUT REOPENING

California health officials have recently stated that as the state continues to make progress in the fight against COVID-19, outdoor sports venues in the state could possibly re-open to fans in a limited capacity in April.

In light of this news, our team is actively working with local health officials to finalize safety protocols to keep our horses, community, fans, and staff safe upon re-opening in a limited capacity.

While an exact date for re-opening to fans in a limited capacity at Golden Gate Fields is not yet available, we are optimistic that California will continue to make progress in its fight against COVID-19.

We hope that we will be able to safely host fans at a future date during the racing season. Safety is our top priority and we will continue to work with local officials to finalize protocols.  

As more information becomes available, we will be sure to share it with you. We greatly appreciate your continued support during the past year.


January 8, 2021 – Live Racing to Resume for Winter/Sprint Meet on Friday Jan 15

December 5, 2020 – Racing Community Mourns the loss of Veteran Trainer, Bob Hess, Sr. who passed due to Covid-19

December 3, 2020 – Live Racing suspended until December 26th

November 20, 2020 – Joint Statement From Berkeley Public Health And Golden Gate Fields Regarding COVID-19 Outbreak

November 18, 2020 – GOLDEN GATE FIELDS TO REMAIN TEMPORARILY CLOSED FOR LIVE RACING THROUGH NOVEMBER IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 OUTBREAK

November 13, 2020- GOLDEN GATE FIELDS TO TEMPORARILY PAUSE LIVE RACING IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 OUTBREAK

April 2, 2020- GOLDEN GATE FIELDS WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE FOR LIVE RACING EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

March 13, 2020 – Santa Anita Park  And Golden Gate Fields To Temporarily Close To The Public In Response To COVID-19