Victorian racing hit with six-week Melbourne lock-down

Victorian racing will be back to the previous Covid-19 lock-down state after the Victorian State Government imposed full Covid-19 Stage Three stay-at-home orders on the whole of metropolitan Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula and the Mitchell Shire, immediately north of Melbourne, from 11:59pm on Wednesday for at least the next six weeks.

The Mitchell Shire includes the racing areas of Kilmore and Seymour. Restrictions in the rest of regional Victoria will remain unchanged for now, pending any increase in cases in those areas.

Victorian owners have only been allowed back on track since June 23rd and other Covid-19 industry restrictions on metro field limits, arrival times prior to racing and jockey weights returning to pre-Covid levels were made on June 25th.

The six week lock-down will also place pressure on the upcoming Victoria Spring Racing Carnival with owners, members and the public seemingly now a long way off from being permitted to return to the race track. International participation over the Carnival period must also be unlikely due to travel and quarantine requirements although Geelong and the industry quarantine facilities at Geelong racecourse are currently outside of the metropolitan lockdown.

Further information will be advised from Racing Victoria as soon as this is received.

Additional information:

The Stage Three lock-down does not include professional sports.

The Victoria Heath And Human Services advises that: 'The professional nature of these sports means that there are more processes and resources in place to ensure that players and officials conduct activities in a safe way that slows the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). This is why professional teams are currently allowed to undertake more activities than community sports.'

The following sports activities will be closed:

Indoor sports centres including gyms, training facilities and pools will be closed
Community sport training and competition cannot occur within a restricted postcode
Outdoor sport facilities will be closed
Personal training outdoors can occur but with a limit of two participants plus the instructor
Swimming pools will be closed.