Owners allowed back on track

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Racing continues to lead the way back from COVID-19 lockdown with owners allowed on track to watch their horses race at Randwick on Saturday for the first time since March.

The presence of a few hundred owners will be a forerunner to other sports being able to bring back crowds and is the first step towards the general public being allowed on-course, which is likely to happen in July.

The Australian Turf Club and Racing NSW have put protocols in place in accordance with the NSW Public Health Order and will have three different restaurants open on-course, each catering for 50 people under the same rules as pubs and cafes.

“We are very pleased to be able to start to welcome back owners in this first phase and we will continue to work with the NSW government to gradually allow more people including ATC Members to attend in coming weeks subject to the NSW Public Health Orders,” ATC chief executive Jamie Barkley said.

Entry will be restricted to owners for the first weekend, with bookings to be taken on first-in basis. The ATC will also have a designated area for owners, who do not wish to dine but want to watch their horses compete. They will only be able to stay for the race their horse is running in.

It will be a slow process back from the strange spectacle of racing without crowds. Racing NSW and health authorities will monitor the progress for the remainder of the month.

Anyone entering Randwick will be subject to body temperature thermal imaging cameras to take the temperature of patrons, and anyone showing signs of illness will be refused entry.

Source & More: https://www.smh.com.au/