Racing NSW Coronavirus Update
Unfortunately - Due to the Current rules around Public Gatherings - the Wellington Boot meeting will be held without spectator attendance.
Monday 23 March 2020
Thoroughbred race meetings in NSW will continue to proceed under strict biosecurity risk management protocols in accordance with government and health authority advice. These protocols have been in place since 16 March and include the conduct of race meetings without public attendance and appropriate social distancing of industry participants.
Racing NSW will continue to apply and update these protocols in accordance with advice from government and health authorities to ensure the safety of all industry participants.
Racing NSW refers to the restrictions imposed by the Commonwealth and NSW Governments in respect of public gatherings of over 500 people.
Restrictions on public attendees
Even though the attendees at some NSW Country thoroughbred race meetings, barrier trials and trackwork may be less than 500 persons, Racing NSW has determined that a uniform approach should be implemented in respect of all thoroughbred race meetings, barrier trials and trackwork (including access to licensed training stables) in New South Wales.
Accordingly, thoroughbred race meetings, barrier trials and trackwork (including access to licensed training stables) in New South Wales will not be open to the public (including owners), effective immediately and until further notice.
Attendance will only be provided to essential personnel, which on raceday is restricted to the following:
Racing NSW Stewards and Veterinarians
Trainers, Jockeys and Stablehands with a runner at the race meeting
Barrier Attendants, Starters and essential Track Staff
Clerks of the Course
Judges and Sectional Timing Teams
Weighing Room Staff and Jockeys Attendants
Raceday Event Staff and security including horse stalls, mounting yards and float car park
Club Doctor and Ambulance Services
Farriers and other essential service providers approved by Racing NSW and the Race Club
Broadcast services including Race Caller
Restricted Core Racing Media as approved by Racing NSW and the Race Club
Restricted operational Race Club staff and management
No on-course wagering facilities will be available and essential personnel will be required to leave the racecourse after their horses have run.
Access will not be permitted to any essential personnel that:
Is suffering from coronavirus symptoms or is otherwise unwell;
Has been to a country considered at higher risk of COVID-19 in the past 14 days, currently mainland China, Iran, Italy and South Korea;
Is subject to self-isolation requirements imposed by the Government; or
Has been in close contact with a person suspected or confirmed to have coronavirus.
Further, if any essential personnel is in a high-risk group such as older people or people with underlying illnesses that make them more vulnerable to respiratory disease, including those with diabetes, chronic lung disease, kidney failure and people with suppressed immune systems, that person should not attend race meetings, barrier trials or trackwork (including accessing licensed training stables).
Enhanced hygiene measures will also be implemented throughout racecourses and Racing NSW Industry Notice also sets out important matters.