Welcome to the Racing Victoria (RV) COVID-19 Information page.

This page seeks to provide quick access to RV’s Media Releases, Industry Notices and key information. This page also provides links to other important sources of information, including to coronavirus information on the Victorian Government’s website and the website of the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

The information provided by RV on its website is a guide only. Whilst RV will do its best to review and update any information as and when required to address updates from Government, you should make sure that you monitor and review the current advice and requirements of the Australian and Victorian Governments (and other States as applicable) to ensure that you are acting on the most up to date information. In the event of any inconsistency between any information on this website and any relevant State or Federal Government requirements, you must strictly comply with the latter.

Any information provided by RV does not constitute medical advice and should not be relied on as such. You should always consider whether any material provided by RV is suitable to your circumstances and obtain any professional and/or medical advice you consider necessary.

Whilst RV endeavours to provide up-to-date and accurate information, RV does not guarantee the accuracy, reliability, currency or completeness of any material on its website or any linked site. RV accepts no legal liability arising from or connected to any material on this website or on any linked site.

The Federal Government has released the COVIDSafe app to assist in quicker contact tracing. The ability to swiftly identify who has had contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 is critical to stopping the spread of the virus now and into the future. If you want to learn more about the app, click here.

The Victorian DHHS has released further information about potential exposure sites. To access the current list of these potential exposure sites (Case Locations and Outbreaks), click here.

March 2020

Media Release - Tuesday, 31 March (Field Limits)

Media Release - Monday, 30 March (RV Staff and Prizemoney announcement)

Media Release - Friday, 27 March (Horse movement protocols)

Media Release - Friday, 27 March (Kerang Easter Saturday abandoned)

Media Release - Thursday 26 March (Racing resumes Friday)

Media Release - Thursday, 26 March (Update on Warrnambool and Pakenham meetings)

Media Release - Wednesday, 25 March (Racing temporarily suspended)

Media Release - Tuesday, 24 March (Interstate travel)

Media Release - Monday, 23 March (Trials and Jump Outs)

Media Release - Monday, 23 March (Racing and training to continue)

Media Release - Sunday, 22 March (CEO Statement)

Media Release - Thursday, 19 March (Jockey isolation protocols)

Media Release - Wednesday, 18 March (Minimum weights raised)

Media Release - Monday, 16 March (Further protocols introduced)

Media Release - Friday, 13 March (Racing without crowds)

RV is also communicating directly with key stakeholder groups in Owners, Trainers, Jockeys and Stable Employees on the latest developments and the expectations and requirements of each group.

All industry participants (including service providers) are required to comply with the RV COVID-19 Base Protocols and Protocols for Industry Participants & Service Providers (see links directly below). In addition, you may be required to comply with additional protocols specific to your role in the industry – please refer to the relevant drop down menus below for details of any other protocols applicable to you:

RV COVID-19 Base Protocols for all Industry Participants & Service Providers 22 January 2021 (Revised 17 September 2021)

RV COVID-19 Protocols for Industry Participants & Service Providers 1 April 2020 (revised 17 September 2021)

Jockeys

Jockey Protocols updated 28 May 2021

2021

Friday, 10 September

COVID-19 Update

Thursday, 2 September

COVID-19 Update - Information for cross-border communities

Saturday, 21 August

COVID-19 Update

Monday, 16 August

COVID-19 Update

Wednesday, 11 August

COVID-19 Update

Monday, 9 August

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update - Cairns and Yarrabah Red Zones

Friday, 6 August

COVID-19 Update

Sunday, 1 August

COVID-19 Update - Queensland Red Zone

Thursday, 29 July

COVID-19 Update

Thursday, 22 July

COVID-19 Update - Interstate Arrivals

Tuesday, 20 July

COVID-19 Update

Thursday, 15 July 

COVID-19 Update 

Wednesday, 30 June

Updated COVID Interstate Travel Restrictions

Monday, 28 June

COVID-19 Update - Interstate Arrivals

Thursday, 24 June

COVID Update - Additional NSW Travel Restrictions

Wednesday, 23 June

COVID-19 Protocols Update - Travel from NSW

Wednesday, 16 June

COVID-19 Industry Update 

Thursday, 10 June 

COVID-19 Industry Update

Friday, 4 June

COVID-19 Industry Update

Wednesday, 2 June

COVID-19 Update

Thursday, 27 May

COVID-19 Update - Victoria

Tuesday, 25 May 

COVID-19 Update

Wednesday, 31 March

COVID-19 Update - QLD & NSW

Wednesday, 17 February

COVID-19 Update

Friday, 12 February

COVID-19 Update

Thursday, 4 February

COVID-19 Update: COVID Exposure Sites & Face Masks

Friday, 15 January

COVID-19 Industry Update - Interstate Travel FAQs

Tuesday, 12 January

COVID-19 Update: Victorian Permit System

Friday, 8 January

COVID-19 Update: Queensland Hotspot

Saturday, 2 January

COVID-19 Update: Victorian-NSW Border Zone

2020

Friday, 13 March

An update on COVID-19 plans for Victorian Racing

Monday, 16 March

A further update on COVID-19 plans within Victoria

Friday, 20 March

Update on COVID-19 plans and new Jockey Protocols

Sunday, 22 March

A further update on COVID-19 

Monday, 23 March

Today's update on COVID-19 plans and the continuation of Victorian racing

Tuesday, 24 March

An update on COVID-19 travel restrictions for Victorian racing

Wednesday, 25 March

Temporary suspension of Victorian racing

Friday, 27 March

COVID-19 Update including Horse Movement Protocols

Monday, 30 March

An update on COVID-19 measures to reduce industry expenditure

Friday, 17 April 

COVID-19 Update - Approved Green Team Jump-Outs and Legging Up

Friday, 1 May

COVID-19 Industry Update: COVIDSafe, Spring Racing Carnival, Winter Programming

Wednesday, 13 May

COVID-19 Industry Update – Government Funding Package, Industry Biosecurity Protocols, Spring Racing Carnival

Wednesday, 10 June

COVID-19 Update - Green Team Jockeys, Spring Racing Carnival, Prizemoney

Thursday, 25 May

Update to COVID-19 protocols around field limits, arrival times and jockey weights

Tuesday, 30 June

Minimum prizemoney restored and flagship Spring races unchanged

Thursday, 2 July 

Important Industry Update on COVID-19

Thursday, 16 July

Important Industry Update on COVID-19 - Face masks, Green and Gold Team Jockey, Jockey Weights & Owner attendance

Wednesday, 22 July

COVID-19 Industry Update - Face masks

Friday, 31 July 

Important Industry Update on COVID-19

Monday, 7 September

Important Industry Update on COVID-19

Friday, 11 September 

Important Industry Update - Compulsory Work Permits and Track Riders

Monday, 21 September

COVID-19 Update - Border Residents and Jump-outs

Friday, 25 September

COVID-19 Update – Interstate Arrivals/Jockey Weights/Participant Attendance/Scoping

Friday, 13 November

COVID-19 Update - Jockey & Track Riders Protocols, Trainer & Stable Staff Protocols, Resumption of Official Trials, Owner Attendance & Updated Protocol Documents

Trainers

Trainer FAQs (updated 17 September 2021)

2021

Friday, 10 September

COVID-19 Update

Thursday, 2 September

COVID-19 Update - Information for cross-border communities

Saturday, 21 August

COVID-19 Update

Monday, 16 August

COVID-19 Update

Wednesday, 11 August

COVID-19 Update

Monday, 9 August

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update - Cairns and Yarrabah Red Zones

Friday, 6 August

COVID-19 Update

Sunday, 1 August

COVID-19 Update - Queensland Red Zone

Thursday, 29 July

COVID-19 Update

Thursday, 22 July

COVID-19 Update - Interstate Arrivals

Tuesday, 20 July

COVID-19 Update

Thursday, 15 July 

COVID-19 Update 

Wednesday, 30 June

Updated COVID Interstate Travel Restrictions

Monday, 28 June

COVID-19 Update - Interstate Arrivals

Thursday, 24 June

COVID Update - Additional NSW Travel Restrictions

Wednesday, 23 June

COVID-19 Protocols Update - Travel from NSW

Wednesday, 16 June

COVID-19 Industry Update 

Thursday, 10 June 

COVID-19 Industry Update

Friday, 4 June

COVID-19 Industry Update

Wednesday, 2 June

COVID-19 Update

Thursday 27 May

COVID-19 Update - Victoria

Tuesday, 25 May 

COVID-19 Update

Wednesday, 31 March

COVID-19 Update - QLD & NSW

Wednesday, 17 February

COVID-19 Update

Friday, 12 February

COVID-19 Update

Thursday, 4 February

COVID-19 Update: COVID Exposure Sites & Face Masks

Friday, 15 January

COVID-19 Industry Update - Interstate Travel FAQs

Tuesday, 12 January

COVID-19 Update: Victorian Permit System

Friday, 8 January

COVID-19 Update: Queensland Hotspot

Saturday, 2 January

COVID-19 Update: Victorian-NSW Border Zone

2020

Friday, 13 March

An Update on COVID-19 plans for Victorian Racing 

Monday, 16 March

A further update on COVID-19 plans within Victoria

Thursday, 19 March

Friday, 20 March

Racing Victoria Trainers FAQs

Sunday, 22 March

A further update on COVID-19

Monday, 23 March

Today's update on COVID-19 plans and the continuation of Victorian racing

Tuesday, 24 March

An update on COVID-19 travel restrictions for Victorian racing

Wednesday, 25 March

Temporary suspension of Victorian racing

Friday, 27 March

COVID-19 Update including Horse Movement Protocols

Monday, 30 March

An update on COVID-19 measures to reduce industry expenditure

Wednesday, 1 April

Additional protocols and key program change owing to COVID-19

Friday, 3 April

COVID-19 Update – Additional raceday measures from Saturday

Wednesday, 8 April

COVID-19 Looking after your mental health and wellbeing

Friday, 17 April

Update on new COVID-19 protocols and programming enhancement

Friday, 1 May

COVID-19 Industry Update: COVIDSafe, Spring Racing Carnival, Winter Programming

Wednesday, 13 May

COVID-19 Industry Update – Government Funding Package, Industry Biosecurity Protocols, Spring Racing Carnival

Monday, 18 May
COVID-19 Industry Update – Jump-Outs and Travelling Companions

Wednesday, 10 June

COVID-19 Update - Green Team Jockeys, Jump-Outs, Spring Racing Carnival, Prizemoney

Thursday, 25 May

Update to COVID-19 protocols around field limits, arrival times and jockey weights

Tuesday, 30 June

Minimum prizemoney restored and flagship Spring races unchanged

Thursday, 2 July 

Important Industry Update on COVID-19

Thursday, 16 July

Important Industry Update on COVID-19 - Face masks, Green and Gold Team Jockey, Jockey Weights & Owner attendance

Wednesday, 22 July

COVID-19 Industry Update - Face masks

Friday, 31 July 

Important Industry Update on COVID-19

Wednesday, 5 August

Important Industry Update on COVID-19 - Compulsory Work Permits and COVID Safe Plans

Monday, 7 September

Important Industry Update on COVID-19

Friday, 11 September 

Important Industry Update - Compulsory Work Permits and Track Riders

Monday, 21 September

COVID-19 Update - Border Residents and Jump-outs

Friday, 25 September

COVID-19 Update – Interstate Arrivals/Jockey Weights/Participant Attendance/Scoping

Friday, 13 November

COVID-19 Update - Jockey & Track Riders Protocols, Trainer & Stable Staff Protocols, Resumption of Official Trials, Owner Attendance & Updated Protocol Documents

Thursday, 3 December

COVID-19 Update - Owner Attendance at Stables, Jump-Outs & Official Trials, Media Attendance at Stables and Jump-Outs

Other Licensed Participants

COVID-19 Guidance (VTRI Participants) – when you must notify Racing Victoria and others

2021

Friday, 10 September

COVID-19 Update

Thursday, 2 September

COVID-19 Update - Information for cross-border communities

Saturday, 21 August

COVID-19 Update

Monday, 16 August

COVID-19 Update

Wednesday, 11 August

COVID-19 Update

Monday, 9 August

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Update - Cairns and Yarrabah Red Zones

Friday, 6 August

COVID-19 Update

Sunday, 1 August

COVID-19 Update - Queensland Red Zone

Thursday, 29 July

COVID-19 Update

Thursday, 22 July

COVID-19 Update - Interstate Arrivals

Tuesday, 20 July

COVID-19 Update

Thursday, 15 July 

COVID-19 Update 

Wednesday, 30 June

Updated COVID Interstate Travel Restrictions

Monday, 28 June

COVID-19 Update - Interstate Arrivals

Thursday, 24 June

COVID Update - Additional NSW Travel Restrictions

Wednesday, 23 June

COVID-19 Protocols Update - Travel from NSW

Wednesday, 16 June

COVID-19 Industry Update 

Thursday, 10 June 

COVID-19 Industry Update

Friday, 4 June

COVID-19 Industry Update

Wednesday, 2 June

COVID-19 Update

Thursday, 27 May

COVID-19 Update - Victoria

Tuesday, 25 May 

COVID-19 Update

Wednesday, 31 March

COVID-19 Update - QLD & NSW

Wednesday, 17 February

COVID-19 Update

Friday, 12 February

COVID-19 Update

Thursday, 4 February

COVID-19 Update: COVID Exposure Sites & Face Masks

Friday, 15 January

COVID-19 Industry Update - Interstate Travel FAQs

Tuesday, 12 January

COVID-19 Update: Victorian Permit System

Friday, 8 January

COVID-19 Update: Queensland Hotspot

Saturday, 2 January

COVID-19 Update: Victorian-NSW Border Zone

2020

Friday, 13 March

An update on COVID-19 plans for Victorian Racing

Monday, 16 March

A further update on COVID-19 plans within Victoria  

Monday, 23 March

Today's update on COVID-19 plans and the continuation of Victorian racing

Tuesday, 24 March

An update on COVID-19 travel restrictions for Victorian racing

Wednesday, 25 March

Temporary suspension of Victorian racing

Friday, 27 March

COVID-19 Update including Horse Movement Protocols

Monday, 30 March

An update on COVID-19 measures to reduce industry expenditure

Wednesday, 1 April

Additional protocols and key program change owing to COVID-19

Wednesday, 8 April

COVID-19 Looking after your mental health and wellbeing

Friday, 1 May

COVID-19 Industry Update: COVIDSafe, Spring Racing Carnival, Warrnambool Races

Wednesday, 13 May

COVID-19 Industry Update – Government Funding Package, Industry Biosecurity Protocols, Spring Racing Carnival

Thursday, 25 May

Update to COVID-19 protocols around field limits, arrival times and jockey weights

Thursday, 2 July 

Important Industry Update on COVID-19

Thursday, 16 July

Important Industry Update on COVID-19 - Face masks, Green and Gold Team Jockey, Jockey Weights & Owner attendance

Wednesday, 22 July

COVID-19 Industry Update - Face masks

Friday, 31 July 

Important Industry Update on COVID-19

Monday, 7 September

Important Industry Update on COVID-19

Friday, 11 September 

Important Industry Update - Compulsory Work Permits and Track Riders

Monday, 21 September

COVID-19 Update - Border Residents and Jump-outs

Friday, 13 November

COVID-19 Update - Jockey & Track Riders Protocols, Trainer & Stable Staff Protocols, Resumption of Official Trials, Owner Attendance & Updated Protocol Documents

Friday, 18 December

COVID-19 Update - NSW Boarder

Sunday, 20 December

COVID-19 Update - NSW Travel

Thursday, 31 December

COVID-19 Update - NSW Travel & Local Transmission in Victoria

Owners

2020

Friday, 13 March

An update on COVID-19 plans for Victorian Racing

Monday, 16 March

A further update on COVID-19 plans within Victoria

Monday, 23 March

A further update on COVID-19 plans for Victorian Racing

Monday, 30 March

An update on COVID-19 measures to reduce industry expenditure

Tuesday, 7 April

Message from RV Chief Executive, Giles Thompson, to owners as the industry faces the ongoing COVID-19 challenge

Friday, 12 June

An update for Owners on COVID-19 challenge

Thursday, 18 June

Owners to get back on track under strict protocols

Tuesday, 30 June

Minimum prizemoney restored and flagship Spring races unchanged

Thursday, 2 July

An update on owner attendance at Victorian race meetings

Friday, 18 December

An update on attendance and stable visits from Racing Victoria

2021

Friday, 22 January

Owner attendance and stable visits reminder

Sunday, 31 January

An update on raceday and trackwork attendance in Victoria

Friday, 12 February 

COVID-19 Update for Owners

Wednesday, 17 February

COVID-19 Update

Friday, 25 June 

COVID-19 Update for Owners - Attendance

The following section provides a snapshot of the COVID-19 coronavirus, your required actions and key contact details for health authorities and Government support.
What am required to do if one of my employees tests positive to COVID-19?

As an employer you have an obligation to the industry and your staff to ensure that you act swiftly and appropriately if you or a staff member tests positive to COVID-19. Under Government regulations, you also have an obligation to report the matter to WorkSafe.

For the avoidance of doubt, a number of industry participants are employers including Racing Victoria, Racing Clubs, Trainers, Jockeys and Other Service Providers.

Following are the various documents that an employer needs to complete in these circumstances. These must be completed as soon as possible after becoming aware of the positive case – moving quickly and accurately is absolutely critical. For more information, and to ensure that you are using the most up to date information, please refer to the Victorian Government website here.

Employer to complete and send to the Department of Health by emailing covidemployernotifications@dhhs.vic.gov.au : 

Who needs to isolate?

All persons who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 must self-isolate. 

The Victorian Government has updated its guidance on when you need to isolate. These are available on the Government website at Case alerts – public exposure sites | Coronavirus Victoria and are as follows:

  • If you have been at a Tier 1 exposure site during the times listed: you must immediately isolate, get a COVID test, and quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure. You should also contact the Department of Health at 1300 651 160 and the RV Stewards.
  •  If you have been at a Tier 2 exposure site during the times listed: you should urgently get a COVID test and isolate until they receive a negative result. You should also contact the Department of Health at 1300 651 160 and the RV Stewards.
  • If you have been at a Tier 3 exposure site during the times listed: you should monitor for symptoms - If symptoms develop, immediately get tested and isolate until you receive a negative result.

The Department of Health may message you to notify you that you have been at one of these venues. However, you should continue to monitor the Government website for your own purposes.

If you are notified by RV that you are a close contact of a person that has been at a Tier 1 – 3 site above, you will be required to isolate for a further period from licensed premises.

Specifically:

  • If you have been notified by RV that you are a close contact of a Tier 1 person above, you will not be permitted to enter a licensed premises for a period of up to 14 days, until you have had clearance from the RV Stewards (who will work with the Chief Medical Officer).
  • If you have been notified by RV that you are a close contact of a Tier 2 person above, you will not be permitted to enter a licensed premises until you have had a negative COVID-19 result on Day 6 (noting that the date of your contact is Day 0) and have received clearance from the RV Stewards.
  • If you have been notified by RV that you are a close contact of a Tier 3 person above, you must not enter a licensed premises if you are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms.

RV Stewards can be contacted on crisismanagement@racingvictoria.net.au

What does self-isolate mean?

Where possible, you must self-isolate in a premises alone, and where that is not practicable, you must not reside with any person within a high risk profession (such as aged care, health care or food processing).

Self-isolate means staying at home and only leaving home for essential services or exercise; you must not have close contact with any person other than those you are residing with. This means you:

  • do not go to public places such as work, school, shopping centres, childcare or university
  • ask someone to get food and other necessities for you and leave them at your front door
  • do not let visitors in — only people who usually live with you should be in your home

Upon request from Racing Victoria, you must provide reasonable information regarding your self-isolation, including your place of residence while in Victoria and occupation details of those you live with.

You do not need to wear a mask in your home. If you need to go out to seek medical attention, wear a surgical mask (if you have one) to protect others.

For more information, visit www.health.gov.au/covid19-resources

 
If I have been at an exposure site or otherwise need to self isolate, will I need to obtain a negative COVID-19 test?

In addition to the requirement to complete 14 days self-isolation (and any other requirement determined by the Stewards), Racing Victoria reserves the right to require you to obtain a negative COVID-19 test result prior to permitting you to attend a Victorian racecourse or licensed premises where you have attended or spent time in a COVID Hotspot or otherwise been required to self-isolate due to COVID-19.

What is COVID-19?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses that cause respiratory infections. These can range from the common cold to more serious diseases.

COVID-19 is the disease caused by a new coronavirus. It was first reported in December 2019 in Wuhan City in China.

COVID-19 is a respiratory illness. Symptoms include fever, coughing, sore throat, fatigue, chills or sweats, runny nose, loss or change in sense of small or taste and shortness of breath. The virus can spread from person to person, but good hygiene and social distancing can prevent infection.

How can I help prevent the spread of coronavirus?

Practising good hand and sneeze/cough hygiene and keeping your distance from others  is the best defence against most viruses. You should:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, including before and after eating, and after going to the toilet.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze (for example, by coughing or sneezing into your elbow), dispose of tissues, and wash your hands.
  • If unwell, avoid contact with others (stay more than 1.5 metres from people), get tested and self-isolate at home until the outcome of your test is known.
  • Exercise personal responsibility for social distancing measures.
What is social distancing?

Social distancing is one way to help slow the spread of viruses such as COVID-19. Social distancing includes staying at home when you are unwell, avoiding large public gatherings if they’re not essential, keeping a distance of 1.5 metres between you and other people and minimising physical contact especially with people at higher risk of developing serious symptoms, such as older people and people with existing health conditions.

What do I do if I develop symptoms?

If you develop symptoms (fever, a cough, sore throat, tiredness, runny nose, chills or sweats, loss or change in sense of smell or taste or shortness of breath), particularly within 14 days of arriving in Australia or having been in a COVID Hotspot or a location identified as an exposure site by the Victorian Government, or within 14 days of last contact of a confirmed case, you should arrange to see your doctor for urgent assessment, get tested and self-isolate until the outcome of your test is known.

You should telephone the health clinic or hospital before you arrive and tell them your travel history or that you may have been in contact with a potential case of coronavirus.

You must remain isolated either in your home, hotel or a health care setting until public health authorities inform you it is safe for you to return to your usual activities.

Who are considered vulnerable people?

The following people have been identified as being most at risk of becoming very sick from coronavirus:

  • older people
  • people with pre-existing medical conditions including those with diabetes, chronic lung disease, kidney failure and people with low or suppressed immune systems.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • people living with HIV
 
What are the key health contacts?
For the latest advice, information and resources, go to www.health.gov.au or to the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services website at https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Call the National Coronavirus Help Line on 1800 020 080. It operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you require translating or interpreting services, call 131 450.

If you have concerns about your health, speak to your doctor.
Where do I go for information on Government support?

Following are some of the key online information sources from the Australian and Victoria Governments for businesses and individuals seeking up-to-date information and support during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic:

Wednesday, 1 July

Tuesday, 23 June

Wednesday, 17 June