No public allowed at Japanese meetings this weekend

In measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Japan Racing Association has announced that the public will not be permitted to enter JRA racecourses from Saturday, Feb. 29 until further notice. JRA races will be held without any spectators.

In addition, there will be no sale of betting tickets and payout for winning tickets on racedays or payout on weekdays at all JRA racecourses and off-track betting facilities, including WINS, Park WINS and J-PLACE until further notice. During this time, the sale of betting tickets and payout for winning tickets will be held only via telephone or online betting.

Message from JRA President and CEO Masayuki Goto: “This is a great inconvenience to all our racing fans who look forward to the JRA races on weekends. I humbly ask for your kind understanding and cooperation.”

Meetings are scheduled for Nakayama, Chukyo and Hanshin on Saturday, while the same venues are also due to race on Sunday.