Country crowds cut to 300
Crowds at country racing venues in Victoria over the next week are set to be slashed from 1,000 to 300 patrons per meeting after hosts of all Tier 3 public events were advised of state government changes yesterday afternoon. Tomorrow’s meeting at Yarra Valley is the only fixture to have been approved more than 300 patrons, with up to 3,500 racegoers permitted.
Changes to the state government public events framework have been put in place until February 26, leaving the possibility open for larger crowds back at country tracks by tomorrow week. The meetings capped at 300 patrons are: today’s fixture at Benalla; tomorrow’s meeting at Woolamai; Sunday’s fixtures at Werribee, Ballarat and Yea; Monday’s meeting at Terang; Tuesday’s meeting at Bendigo; Thursday’s fixtures at Kilmore and Pakenham; as well as the meeting scheduled for Sale a week today.