Racing Victoria (RV) has provided the following update regarding Victorian thoroughbred racing in light of COVID restrictions easing in regional Victoria from today, Friday 10 September 2021.
Racing Victoria (RV) has today confirmed that Victorian thoroughbred racing will continue to be spectator-free until a further update is provided.
The State Government announced an easing of restrictions in regional Victoria from today which RV understands allows for the resumption of a limited number of spectators at race meetings within regional Victoria.
Due to the limited number of spectators and the additional biosecurity costs involved for the Clubs, RV has determined that racing will be spectator free across all Victorian racetracks until such time as a further update is provided.
This decision has been made in consultation with Country Racing Victoria (CRV) to ensure thoroughbred racing is able to continue safely.
Having considered the Victorian Government’s updated COVID restrictions, including the prohibition on all visitors to homes, RV has determined 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.
In line with Victorian Government guidelines, participants are reminded that face masks are compulsory at all race meetings, training centres and licensed premises at all times.
Riders are permitted to remove their masks only when on horseback and when they have exited the mounting yard on raceday.
RV Chief Executive, Giles Thompson said, “Following discussions with Country Racing Victoria, we believe racing spectator free until greater crowd limits are permitted and restrictions ease across all of Victoria is the most practical decision at this point in time.
“When we can safely welcome spectators back to the racetrack in larger numbers with sufficient notice for clubs then we will make owners and club members the immediate priority.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to once again encourage all eligible industry participants book their COVID vaccination as soon as possible if you haven’t already done so.”