Safety Protocols

Live Racing Protocols

In accordance with the guidelines set forth by the Arkansas Department of Health, Oaklawn has submitted a plan to allow a limited number of spectators at the races during the 2021 live race meet highlighted by the following:

  • Guests are required to wear masks at all times.
  • Team members wear masks at all times.
  • Social distancing will be enforced.
  • Shuttle service will continue with limitations on the number of guests per shuttle.
  • Smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the facility, including the casino.
  • General admission into the Grandstand will not be allowed initially in 2021.
  • Entrance into the Grandstand will strictly be for guests with an owner or trainer's racing license and/or reservation for that day’s races. Doors will open at 11 am.
  • Current seasonal box seat holders and current Oaklawn Jockey Club members may enter the Grandstand with weekly reservations required. Detailed correspondence to be sent separately to these individuals.
  • Restaurants inside the Grandstand, following Arkansas Department of Health directives, will be open to the public with weekly reservations required.
  • Simulcast will be open Wednesday–Sunday, 11 am–8 pm to limited capacity with weekly reservations required.

Restaurant and simulcast reservations may be made starting at 9 am every Monday by calling 501-363-4660.

Casino Protocols

  • Casino hours are 9 am to 5 am every day. Bars and Silks close at 10 pm nightly.
  • Guests are limited to every other slot machine to ensure social distancing.
  • Live blackjack games are limited to every other seat and no more than three players per table.
  • Live craps are limited to three players per side of each table.
  • Live roulette is not open at this time.
  • Smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the facility, including the casino.

Cleaning and Sanitizing Protocols

Oaklawn continues to meet and exceed CDC and local/state health guidelines for cleaning and sanitizing protocols:

  • The facility has undergone a series of deep cleanings in all areas.
  • Oaklawn has increased the frequency of cleaning all public areas during the day.
  • The Casino and Grandstand are electrostatically disinfected nightly when we are closed.
  • Oaklawn has added additional hand sanitizing stations in all public and office areas.
  • Has prominently displayed signage regarding social distancing, health, and hygiene for guests and team members throughout the property, porte cochère, shuttles and waiting areas.
  • All team members receive training on Covid-19 safety and sanitation protocols.

Restaurant Protocols

The Track Kitchen, Carousel, Post Parade, Sports Tavern, Oaklawn Jockey Club, Bugler, Silks, and Bistro 2705 are open with the following guidelines:

  • The Track Kitchen is open 6:30 am to 2 pm Monday - Wednesday and 6:30 am - 30 minutes before the last race Thursday - Sunday.
  • The Bugler is open Wed-Sun, 4-10 pm, and live race days for lunch 12-5 pm.
  • The First Turn patio bar is open on live race days 11 am-10 pm.
  • Silks is open 11 am to 10 pm daily.
  • Bistro 2705 is open 9 am to 4 am daily.
  • The Carousel, Post Parade, Sports Tavern, and Oaklawn Jockey Club are only open on race days (Thurs-Sun and Presidents Day Monday)
  • Guests and team members are required to wear masks.
  • Social distancing, with extra spacing between tables and seating limitations of ten (10) or less per party, will be enforced.
  • Menus are disposable for one-time usage.
  • Condiments are in single-use packets.