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COVID-19 Update (SA border and face masks)

Racing Victoria (RV) wishes to advise of changes to the biosecurity protocols in place in Victoria to allow for the safe continuation of racing and training during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The protocols, which were developed in accordance with all current Government directives, guidelines and advice, have served to protect the health of industry staff, participants and the wider community; maintain 25,000 full-time equivalent jobs; and ensure daily care and exercise can be afforded to all thoroughbred racehorses. 

The protocols are continually reviewed based on Government directives, risk analysis, industry compliance, participant feedback and the broader community landscape. 

South Australia Border

Effective from 11:59pm (AEDT) tonight, Thursday, 10 December, any licensed and/or registered persons travelling to Victoria from South Australia will no longer have to undertake any form of quarantine before being permitted to access a Victorian licensed premises or racecourse. 

However, participants must still comply with any Victorian and South Australian State Government requirements regarding interstate travel. 

RV continues to monitor instances of community transmission in Australia and will revise its protocols on movement as appropriate to protect the industry.


In line with Government advice, the wearing of masks in outdoor areas is recommended but not mandatory. 

As a result, effective from 11:59pm (AEDT) tonight, Thursday, 10 December, a mask is no longer compulsory when in the mounting yard at a racecourse. 

Masks remain mandatory when indoors.