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Industry Notice COVID-19 Update

In light of the Victorian Government’s announcement on Tuesday, 12 July 2022, Racing Victoria (RV) has provided the following update regarding Victorian thoroughbred racing. 

COVID-19 Vaccination

All participants are encouraged to make sure they are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) provided updated recommendations last week regarding a winter dose (fourth dose) of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The updated recommendations are:

  • Adults aged 50 to 64 years are now recommended to receive a winter booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Adults aged 30 to 49 years can receive a winter booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Positive Case

Should you test positive for COVID-19, you are still required to isolate for seven days from the day you took the test but an additional reason to leave home has been added - to provide transport for a household member to obtain food, if essential.

The infected person will need to remain in the car and wear a face covering at all times.

Please note that the period when someone is considered a recently confirmed case (and therefore exempt from testing and isolation/quarantine requirements) has been revised to four weeks, down from 12 weeks. This reflects the emerging evidence that new variants of COVID-19 can evade prior immunity gained from infection.

Mask Wearing

While there are not any changes to current face mask requirements with these new pandemic orders, the Victorian Government has strongly recommended that you should wear a mask in indoor and crowded settings to protect yourself and our most vulnerable Victorians through winter.


RV would like to thank participants for their continued cooperation and adherence to COVID-19 protocols. A reminder to please get a test if feeling unwell with COVID-19 symptoms.

Where changes are made further updates will be provided, so please remain alert to further communications from RV and/or the Victorian Government.

Please note that employers may choose to implement additional measures over and above government requirements. You must follow any additional requirements set out by your employer.