COVID-19 Update

Racing Victoria (RV) has issued the following update regarding Victorian thoroughbred racing in light of today’s announcement by the State Government that additional COVIDSafe measures will be put in place to keep Victorians safe.

Face Masks

Effective from 6pm tonight (Tuesday, 25 May 2021) face masks must be worn in the following settings by all persons:

  • Indoors at stables and training centres in the Greater Melbourne Area (as per Government directive); and
  • Indoors at all Victorian race meetings.

Click here for a list of the Local Government Areas in the Greater Melbourne Area.

More broadly, the State Government has ordered that face masks must be worn at all times when indoors in Greater Melbourne, and that any person who travels from Greater Melbourne to regional Victoria must wear a face mask indoors there also.

The State Government has also announced restrictions on private and public gatherings for those persons in the Greater Melbourne Area, restrictions that must be taken with you if you travel to regional Victoria from the Greater Melbourne Area. To read the Government’s announcement click here.

Racecourse Attendance

Any person who has attended a COVID exposure site, or reasonably suspects that a close contact has done so, is not permitted to attend a Victorian racecourse or licensed premises until further notice.

Any licensed or registered participants who fall into this category must notify RV immediately by calling the Stewards or emailing 

The list of Victorian exposure sites is being regularly updated by the Government, so please ensure you continue to monitor them via the Department of Health website

Please note that there is no change to crowd or attendance limits at Victorian race meetings at this time. However, RV will continue to closely monitor the situation in Victoria and will make changes to the industry’s biosecurity protocols as required to protect the industry and follow Government directives.

Finally, all licensed and registered participants and owners in Victoria are reminded to follow all public health advice and to stay home and get tested if you, or anyone you live with, is unwell and displaying any COVID-19 symptoms.