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RV update on Covid-19 protocols

Racing Victoria (RV) on Friday morning provided the following update regarding Victorian thoroughbred racing in light of the changes to COVID restrictions announced by the State Government that took effect from 11.59pm (AEDT) on Tuesday, 27 July 2021.

Raceday Attendance

RV wishes to advise that race meetings will proceed without any spectators (including owners, members and the general public) in attendance until further notice. 

As such, only competing participants, essential persons and officials remain permitted to attend Victorian race meetings at this time. 

RV remains in consultation with the State Government around attendance at Victorian race meetings and will provide a further update on this in due course. 

Stable Attendance

Having considered the Victorian Government’s updated COVID restrictions, including the prohibition on all visitors to homes, RV has determined that the prohibition on owners and non-essential persons attending Victorian public and private training facilities, including for trackwork, trials and jump-outs, will remain in place until at least 11.59pm (AET) on Tuesday, 10 August 2021 – being the two-week period of the updated Government restrictions.

Victorian and New South Wales Cross-Border

The Victorian Government has declared that the New South Wales (NSW) Local Government Areas (LGAs) of Wagga Wagga, Hay, Lockhart and Murrumbidgee will no longer be part of the Victoria-NSW cross-border bubble with effect from 11.59pm (AET) Tuesday, 27 July 2021. These four LGAs will now be considered in line with the rest of NSW which is currently declared an Extreme Risk Zone.

As a result, any licensed or registered person who resides in or visits the NSW LGAs of Wagga Wagga, Hay, Lockhart and Murrumbidgee from 11.59pm (AET) on 27 July 2021 is not permitted to attend any racecourse or licensed premises in Victoria until otherwise advised.

For the avoidance of any doubt, any licensed or registered person who resides in a NSW border community within the updated cross-border bubble (such as Albury or Moama) and visits the LGAs of Wagga Wagga, Hay, Lockhart and Murrumbidgee after 11.59pm (AET) on 27 July 2021 is not permitted to attend any racecourse or licensed premises in Victoria until otherwise 

Further, any licensed or registered participant who resides in a NSW border community within the updated cross-border bubble (such as Albury or Moama) is not permitted to attend a racecourse or licensed premises in Victoria outside the Victorian-NSW cross-border bubble until otherwise advised.

Any Victorian licensed or registered participant who resides in a Victorian border community and enters one of the NSW border communities within the updated cross-border bubble after 11.59pm (AET) on 27 July 2021 is not permitted to attend a racecourse or licensed premises in Victoria outside the Victorian-NSW cross-border bubble for 14 days upon their return and until such time as they receive clearance from RV Stewards upon receipt of a negative COVID test.

Any Victorian licensed or registered participant who does not reside in the updated Victorian-NSW cross-border bubble and enters a NSW border community (such as Albury or Moama) after 11.59pm (AET) on 27 July 2021 is not permitted to attend any racecourse or licensed premises in Victoria for 14 days upon their return and until such time as they receive clearance from RV Stewards upon receipt of a negative COVID test.

Face Masks

In line with the Victorian Government guidelines, participants are reminded that face masks are compulsory at all race meetings, training centres and licensed premises at all times. Riders are permitted to remove their mask only when on horseback and when they have exited the mounting yard on raceday. 

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