COVID-19 Update for the International Polo Club

Mar 13, 2020 - 12:31 PM
For Immediate Release
Wellington, FL – March 13, 2020 – International Polo Club Palm Beach (IPC) is working closely with the Village of Wellington, Palm Beach County, and local health services to take extra precautions concerning the threat of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
At this time, the Gauntlet of Polo® competition at IPC will continue as planned through April 19, 2020, with policies in place to protect the health of players, grooms, owners, and their families. We will continue monitoring the situation and will follow all State and local recommendations.
In an abundance of caution, we have decided to close the venue to the general public and members for this weekend’s matches. This includes activities on this Sunday, March 15 at 3:00 p.m. in the Pavilion, tailgates, stadium seats, and general admission. Only cars with an official team or staff pass will be permitted on the grounds. For questions regarding your Pavilion tickets for this Sunday, please contact For questions regarding your stadium or tailgate tickets for this Sunday, please call 561-282-5334. All matches will continue to be live streamed at
During upcoming events at the venue, the following policies will be enacted for the safety of staff, players, and members:
  • Hand sanitizing stations will be located around the facility for use
  • Food and beverage teams are taking all necessary precautions when handling food and cooking surfaces
  • Extra housekeeping staff has been allotted for more frequent sanitizing of restaurants and restroomsIn accordance with the Florida State Department of Health’s Guidance for Mass Gatherings Protocol, IPC is recommending that anyone in the following situations not attend IPC events:
  • Over the age of 65 with underlying health conditions
  • Are immune compromised
  • Are ill
  • Have been exposed to someone with a respiratory illness in the last 14 days
  • Have chronic health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease
  • Have traveled internationally within the last 14 days, especially to a destination under a level 3 travel advisory
  • Have traveled to or from a geographic area with widespread community transmission of COVID-19

Consistent with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Florida Department of Health Guidelines, everyone is encouraged to:

  • Stay home if sick, except to get medical care
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw in the trash
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily

“We are monitoring this situation very closely and working diligently with local county and state government agencies to ensure the safety of all exhibitors, staff, and the general public,” said Mark Bellissimo, managing partner of the Wellington Equestrian Partners (WEP). “Our number-one priority is to ensure that all people involved with IPC events remain healthy and safe during this time.”


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