Attendance was limited and restrictions were in place.READ MORE: 15-Year-Old Fatally Stabbed In Brooklyn, Police Questioning Person Of Interest
Last year, Belmont Park was empty. But more than 11,000 people were there Saturday to watch the horses race.
It was an exciting change from last year, when no fans were allowed at Belmont Park.READ MORE: Ahead Of Father's Day, Mets Host Families Who Lost Loved Ones On 9/11: 'It Opens Up The Wounds'
Everyone who attended Saturday’s race had to show proof of having a COVID vaccine or recent negative COVID test.
While fans are thrilled to return, one nearby business says things are not quite back to normal for them.
“We’re slow than we normally are. We’re very busier in the weekdays than we normally are. It’s crazy,” said Aria Seevaran, manager at Belmont Deli & Grill. “I guess a lot of people didn’t show up. Apparently a lot of people didn’t show up because it’s normally crazy busy.”
The race was a return to normalcy after last year when, for the first time in history, it was the first leg of the Triple Crown after the pandemic upended the schedule.MORE NEWS: Claremont Residents Say Overflowing Garbage Is Leading To Major Rat Problem In Community
CBS2’s Kiran Dhillon contributed to this report.