Crowds are set to return to the race tracks in Victoria this weekend in time for the Group One Blue Diamond Stakes day at Caulfield.
The Melbourne Racing Club has lodged an application with the State Government to host 9000 racegoers at Saturday’s Blue Diamond Stakes meeting.
The club if successful in hosting the 9,000 racegoers will be split into three separate sections of 3,000 people with the spectators, MRC members and racehorse owners, all adhering to social distancing requirements.
RV chief executive Giles Thompson welcomed the safe return of owners and crowds as Victoria emerges from their five day snap lockdown.
“The clubs and Racing Victoria are continuing to liaise with Government on the number of spectators that will be permitted to attend each meeting,” Thompson said. “Once confirmed, this will be communicated by host clubs so I encourage all racegoers to monitor club websites closely for information on the number of permitted attendees and registration.
“I would ask everyone within the Victorian racing industry to remain vigilant and comply with all Government directives to ensure the safe continuation of racing and training in our state.
“In particular, if any person or a close contact, is unwell and displaying any symptoms of COVID-19, or has been to a public exposure site, must not attend any racecourse, training centre or licensed premises in Victoria until cleared to do so.”