British horseracing will resume behind closed doors today, Monday 1st June at Newcastle Racecourse, after the Government agreeing that restrictions can be eased further as part of Step Two of its coronavirus recovery strategy, which includes the return of professional sport and other cultural events.
In preparation for a safe return, the sport’s governing body and regulator the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) published its technical guidelines in consultation with officials from Public Health England detailing the new measures that will be introduced on courses to help keep participants, staff and local communities safe. The full guidance can be accessed here: http://media.britishhorseracing.com/bha/covid19/BCD_Protocols.pdf
To demonstrate some of the safety measures and how they will be implemented across all courses, the BHA and Great British Racing have produced a series of videos, filmed at Lingfield Racecourse:
Overview of the measures to allow racing to resume safely including:
- Nick Rust, Chief Executive, BHA
- Brant Dunshea, Chief Regulatory Officer, BHA
- Dr Jerry Hill, Chief Medical Adviser, BHA
- Jockey Charlie Bishop and Trainer Jim Boyle
- Covers three tier screening process including arrivals on course; social distancing; jockeys’ changing rooms etc.