Race meetings to run without public
Friday night’s races at The Valley will go ahead behind closed doors with only racing participants and industry officials allowed on course.
And it’s likely to flow into next week with Friday week’s Group 1 William Reid Stakes meeting to be raced behind closed doors.
It comes following Federal Government advice banning non-essential mass gatherings of more than 500 people from Monday in a bid to contain the Coronavirus.
“The Moonee Valley Racing Club, in consultation with Racing Victoria and following the Government announcement advising the imminent imposition of restrictions on the number of attendees at mass gatherings, have taken the decision to proceed with tonight’s race meeting with only racing participants and industry officials on course,” a club statement said.
“Whilst this restriction does not take effect until Monday, the decision to proceed without members, owners and racegoers attending tonight’s race meeting has been taken in light of the increased concern over the transmission of COVID-19. The health and well-being of the broader community need to be our priority at this point in time.”
The club said it would update participants on the William Reid meeting next week but added: “If this meeting is to proceed, the same restrictions on entry will be in place.”
All bookings and tickets to Friday night’s races and the William Reid meeting will be refunded.