Because of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Greyhound racing has become the latest sport in the UK to be suspended with the decision coming into effect as of Tuesday.
The suspension, reported by Great Britain’s Greyhound Board (GBGB), follows on from Boris Johnson’s package of new travel and social interaction restrictions that will be checked in the next three weeks.
Commenting on the suspension, GBGB executive director Mark Bird said: “In responding to tonight’s PM’s announcement we have to suspend all racing tomorrow as this is the responsible thing to do however there remains a need to clarify the government position in terms of ‘gatherings’ and ‘work’.
“I have contacted our contacts in Defra and DCMS and await their urgent clarification on these points. The GBGB has planned for this eventuality and we are ready to meet it head on.
“I firmly believe that the UK racing greyhound community are of the same stoic mind. Let’s remain calm and we will carry on.”
Only last week, the GBGB voted to transfer the sport behind closed doors at all permitted stadia in England, with racing at Shawfield untouched as the venue is under the control of the Scottish Parliament.
COVID-19 appeared to have far-reaching effects on the sports and gaming sectors, as betting shops and casinos were forced to close their doors with immediate effect on Friday for a period of two weeks pending further investigation.