Andrews gives racing the green light
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has given the green light for racing to continue as stricter measures are enforced surrounding COVID-19.
Racing continues to operate on closed tracks, with crowds and owners banned from entering courses.
Only essential participants can enter – and that’s only after being temperature checked and passing strict guidelines surrounding travel and social interactions.
Jockeys have also been isolated from each other, while both Victoria and NSW have implemented tough border restrictions requiring those not in the state to self isolate before they are allowed in any licensed racing premises.
Andrews said the advice for now is racing could go on.
“At this stage racing without crowds continues and if that changes on advice … you’ll be the first to know because I’ll be here telling you about it,” he said.
Racing Minister Martin Pakula on Tuesday night told Racing.com that measures put into place to keep racing operating have been ‘prudent’.
“Our responsibility is to try and keep the industry going and try and keep racing in Victoria as long as we can,” Pakula said.
The Minister flagged that with now basically closed borders around Victoria, racing could potentially continue in the state even if there was a Coronavirus positive within the industry in another region.
“Yes if there happened to be a COVID-19 case say in Rockhampton that now doesn’t necessarily mean that it will impact racing say at Moonee Valley,” he said.
“If you didn’t live through WWII, I’d suggest you’ve never lived through something like this.
“Given the number of people employed in the industry, we should try and keep racing as long as we can.
“We know that every day that we race on is one day less that many don’t have to count on government aid to put food on their family’s tables.”