All three of Australia’s racing codes have been given a green light to continue during the countries strict lock down rules regarding the coronavirus epidemic.
Victoria’s Racing Minister Martin Pakula announced that all three racing codes are allowed to continue with strict measures in place to prevent the spread of the virus.
“It’s incredibly difficult to be specific about … whether it’s the next stage (of restrictions) or the stage after that that would present a problem for racing,” Pakula said on RSN.
“Everyone in the industry is making the best arguments that we can make and acting in a unified way to make the case to health officials why (we should keep racing).
“Racing (Victoria) has been very proactive, it has taken social distancing measures, they put crowds out before they were required to do so. They’ve already announced the May Races … will be crowd free. They are separating jockeys. They are doing everything right.
“But ultimately health officials will make a decision based on what they think is needed to slow the spread of this disease. And as an industry we are going to have to accept and respect that.”
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