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Royal Ascot 2020 to take place without spectators

Ascot Racecourse advised on Tuesday that for public health and safety reasons they have reached the difficult but unavoidable conclusion that Royal Ascot 2020 (16th - 20th June) will not be able to take place as an event open to the public. This will of course be a great disappointment for everyone planning to attend. 

The statement said: It may prove possible to run the Royal Ascot races behind closed doors, dependent on Government and public health policy and the approval of the BHA for us to re-start racing. This would be for the benefit of the industry, our valued partners and suppliers and our television audiences at home and internationally. Planning for this is now our complete focus and we will update on progress as and when we can.

Customers who have already paid for entry and hospitality at Royal Ascot will be refunded in full in the usual way as quickly as possible and we will start the process of communicating with them, initially by email, immediately. We thank everyone in advance for their patience and understanding in completing this substantial task given the challenging practical circumstances of the current national lockdown. 

"The pandemic will have a significant financial impact on our business in 2020, along with so many others. Nevertheless, Ascot Racecourse will come through this crisis and we look forward to being able to welcome racegoers back when it is safe to do so.

In tandem with today's announcement that Royal Ascot will not take place as an event open to the public, we additionally confirm that the same principles apply to the May Racing Weekend (8th - 9th May).

Customers who have already paid for entry and hospitality will be contacted directly and refunded in full. We will start the process of communicating with them, initially by email, immediately so there is no need for anyone to contact the racecourse.

We thank everyone in advance for their patience and understanding in completing this task given the challenging practical circumstances of the current national lockdown."

Meanwhile, our thoughts are with all those grieving and suffering as a result of COVID-19. We offer heartfelt thanks to our wonderful NHS staff, key workers and volunteers for all their selfless dedication. 

Ascot, picture Liesl King

       
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