Racing Victoria (RV) has provided the following update regarding Victorian thoroughbred racing in light of the announcement by the State Government that the current lockdown across metropolitan Melbourne will be extended for another seven days.
RV wishes to advise that Victorian thoroughbred racing will continue to be spectator-free while metropolitan Melbourne remains in lockdown.
As such, only competing participants, essential persons and officials remain permitted to attend Victorian race meetings until at least 11:59pm, Thursday 19 August 2021.
This decision has been taken in consultation with Country Racing Victoria (CRV) and the relevant Clubs, to ensure thoroughbred racing is able to continue safely.
RV and Victorian racing clubs remain in consultation with the State Government around the safe return of spectators to Victorian race meetings beyond 19 August 2021, with the return of owners and members being the initial priority.
RV also wishes to confirm that the prohibition on owners and non-essential persons attending Victorian public and private training facilities, including for trackwork, trials and jump-outs, will also remain in place until otherwise advised.
NSW Border Bubble
The State Government today announced that residents of the cross-border community local government areas will be required to obtain a permit to cross between Victoria and NSW from 6pm, Friday, 13 August.
As such, any Victorian licensed or registered participant who resides within the cross-border community who intends to cross between Victoria and NSW for work purposes will be able to apply for a permit from Thursday afternoon at the Service Victoria website, service.vic.gov.au and via the Service Victoria app.