Racing set to continue, but Sales in doubt

Racing set to continue, but Sales in doubt



Racing looks set to continue for at least another day, with the sport escaping additional restrictions imposed on a range of activities announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison late on Tuesday night.

The PM announced sweeping new measures to combat the Coronavirus pandemic, but made no additional changes to the restrictions already placed on outdoor professional sporting events.

From midnight on Wednesday, existing restrictions will be extended to include:

  • Food courts inside shopping centres – however, take-away will be allowed
  • Auction houses
    Real estate auctions and open house inspections
    • Outdoor and indoor markets – excluding food markets
    • Beauty therapy, tanning, waxing, nail salons, massage and tattoo parlours
    • Amusement parks and arcades
    • Play centres, both indoor and outdoor
    • Community and recreation centres
    • Personal training will be limited to 10 people, with social distancing strictly enforced
    • Social and sporting-based activities, involving large groups
    • Galleries, museums, libraries and community facilities
    • Community clubs, halls and RSLs
    • Weddings are restricted to couples, the celebrant and witnesses (no more than five people)
    • Funerals have been restricted to no more than 10 people

    The additional restrictions placed on Auction houses has put upcoming yearling sales, even in their already altered format in doubt.