Rio Racetracks Begin Reopening Process For Public And Betting

Brazil’s race tracks have already resumed operations in regions where clear lockdown rules are not in place. Nevertheless, though races are now taking place, events were banned from hosting the public, with all bets to be made online and by telephone.

A new Municipal Decree No. 47,551 would require the Hipódromo de Gávea to begin a new phase of Brazil’s reopening process. This will allow the racetrack to open its betting kiosks gradually, starting immediately.

The decree also provides that the decision may be reversed in the event of new legislative changes due to a rise in COVID cases.

According to Games Magazine Brazil the operator of the racetrack Jockey Club Brasileiro said: “We had to adopt new coexistence rules for everyone, and that includes the horse racing sector. We count on your support to enjoy these areas and services, respecting the security protocols that were developed following the recommendations from the World Health Organisation, the Ministry of Health and the Golden Rules set by Rio de Janeiro’s authorities.”

Racetrack authorities would also need to take the temperature of all those who visit the site and the track. However, the laws allow all humans to use masks to cover their faces.

Thanks to the pandemic, the Hipódromo closed its doors back in March but reopened a few months later after a appeal from the Turf Professionals Association of Rio de Janeiro.