27 March, 2020
Stringent Measures to Ensure Health of Horse Racing
RACING Queensland has advised that meetings across the state will continue to be conducted under stringent health measures during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A week ago, RQ mandated patron-free racing across its three codes — along with limiting access to trials and trackwork to essential licensed personnel — whilst also introducing appropriate social distancing.
Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said it was essential the racing industry kept across updates around COVID-19, especially in relation to travel and health advice.
“It’s important participants stay fully informed for their own health and safety, and for the racing industry in Queensland,” he said.
At the week-end, RQ initiated temperature testing for jockeys at Eagle Farm, which will continue on Wednesday, before rolling it out across all other TAB clubs in Queensland.
Increased segregation has also been introduced, with additional spaces utilised by on-course participants from standard race meetings.
“The Queensland racing industry is fully aware of the gravity of the situation and that people’s livelihoods are at stake," RQ CEO Brendan Parnell said.
“The Queensland racing industry sustains 11,570 full-time jobs and provides more than $850 million in salaries and wages, and we know that our stakeholders are desperate to continue their operations where appropriate.
“We will continue to comply with the directives of the Government and the respective health agencies in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.”