In accordance with government rules on relaxing national prohibitions, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is collaborating with all stakeholders to ensure that owners will return to racecourses in England and Scotland on Monday, March 29.
Following the announcement of the UK’s winter lockdown to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus in January, public access to racecourses has been limited.
Owners haven’t been able to see their studs run in yards or on the course because UK racing is kept behind closed doors.
Relaxing on-course restrictions
Owners will be taken back in a “phased, risk-managed approach, which relates as similarly as possible to the respective government timetables,” according to BHA plans to relax on-course restrictions.
From March 29 to April 12, the BHA will allow a limit of two pre-registered owner representatives per horse entry to individual racecourses.
On April 12, the BHA will review its terms in the hopes of expanding racecourse entry to six horse delegates.
Further federal guidance on elite athletics will influence the final agreements. Furthermore, the BHA emphasises the importance of local governments updating and tracking their preparations in order to minimise the possibility of the virus spreading.
Liaising with local authorities
The BHA statement read: “Racecourse officials are currently liaising with their local authorities and will contact owners directly ahead of each fixture with further details of any local requirements,” the BHA’s statement read.
“We would also like to thank those owners who have attended behind closed doors fixtures and co-operated fully with the infection control measures in place. These are designed to keep everyone safe and protect racing from the risk of COVID-related disruption. Thank you again for your support – and we look forward to seeing you back on the racecourse.”