Racing Victoria (RV) advised on Wednesday afternoon that racing has been suspended within Victoria today (Wednesday), with immediate effect, and tomorrow (Thursday) whilst a licensed participant undergoes testing for COVID-19.
The participant has on Wednesday afternoon been advised by health authorities that they were on the same flight as a confirmed case of COVID-19 when they travelled on 12 March 2020 prior to the introduction of strict COVID-19 protocols governing the conduct of racing in Victoria and the Federal Government’s announcements of 13 March 2020 restricting social gatherings.
The participant is not currently displaying any symptoms of COVID-19.
Acting upon medical advice and in an abundance of caution, RV has abandoned the following race meetings whilst the testing is conducted:
• Today – Sandown [after Race 2]
• Tomorrow – Kilmore and Pakenham
Those people who have had close contact with the licensed participant are being contacted throughout this afternoon.
In the event that the participant’s test is negative, RV will be seeking to resume racing. A further update will be provided tomorrow on the progress of the test and whether racing can resume on Friday.