Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) is introducing new rules which require racing participants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by 12.01am, 5 February 2022.
The rule will apply to persons essential to the running of racing, including licensed persons, RWWA and race club race-day staff, who may not already be captured by other government-issued directions for COVID-19 vaccinations.
Chief Racing Integrity Officer Denis Borovica said RWWA had resolved to adopt the local rule to safeguard the continuation of racing in WA.
“It is necessary to the proper running of racing, for the racing industry to adopt an approach consistent with the continuing expansions of current proof of vaccination requirements,” Mr Borovica said.
“For racing to properly function without unplanned disruptions, it is imperative that racing participants are fully vaccinated.”
“Most racing jurisdictions in Australia and sporting codes have adopted similar arrangements to protect the racing community from the continuing threat of COVID-19.”
Proof of vaccination must be provided to RWWA in the prescribed form as outlined in the Local Rule Vaccinations below by Saturday 29 January 2022.
RWWA will continue to closely monitor and follow the advice of health authorities to ensure that appropriate measures are in place.
West Australian based jockey William Pike did not ride at the recent Perth Cup meeting which required participants to show proof of vaccination, picture Racing Photos