As part of the government’s revised COVID-19 response roadmap, Irish racecourses will be allowed to increase their outdoor capacity by “up to 50 percent” for upcoming meets starting on September 6.
Racecourses in Ireland will be allowed to run at 60 percent indoor capacity “for hospitality purposes” under the new criteria, but racegoers must consume food and beverages in addition to providing proof of their Digital COVID Vaccine Cert (DCC).
Missing essential ingredient
Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland said: “It has been a very difficult 18 months for everybody in society, and racing can be proud of the way it has come through it.
“However, without racegoers, racing has been missing one of its essential ingredients. Like many industries, there is still much work to do, but there is now real progress and forward steps to normality.”
On October 22, both indoor and outdoor capacity will be increased to 100 percent as part of the Irish government’s response programme.
Kavanagh continued: “Welcoming back racegoers in measured but increasing numbers, is one of those steps and from Monday, Irish racecourses will be free to use 50% of their capacity to allow racegoers back on the track in real numbers.”
“And as we know, this good news comes just in time for some of our most important race meetings: the Longines Irish Champions Weekend at Leopardstown and the Curragh on September 11 and September 12, and Listowel’s Harvest Festival which begins on Sunday September 19.
“I would like to thank all our customers for their patience and look forward to race meetings becoming just that again – a place where racegoers can meet each other in a safe environment and enjoy our great sport.”