Race meetings in the UK will be held behind closed doors from Tuesday. They will remain that way until at least the end of March.
Currently, the measures will not impact Beverley Races who start their season officially on 15 April 2020.
The Chief Executive of the BHA, Nick Rust, said:
“Racecourses and racing yards are embedded in their local communities and we are acutely aware of our responsibilities to protect public health.”
“The restrictions we are putting in place to close racing to spectators and limit attendees will reduce demand on public services.”
“We also have a range of measures in place designed in response to the government’s guidance on public health. These will continue to be updated as appropriate.”
“We acknowledge that this decision will also impact on local businesses, especially hotels and restaurants, who are struggling at this time.”
“BHA are following the government’s advice to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining business activity and will continue to do so.”
“We thank our customers and staff for their support.”
Beverley Racecourse have also issued an update following news that racing will go behind closed doors.
On their web site, they advise customers while the current dates do not impact them they are taking measures.
They say alongside the numerous handwashing facilities offered at the course they will supplement these with antibacterial hand cleansing dispensers.
Beverley Races has also increased their own inhouse cleansing process as a result of COVID-19. They say they have additional cleaning regimes have been put in place with an emphasis being placed on surfaces and doors.
Racegoers to Beverley who have purchased tickets from the course directly have also been offered assurances they will not be left out of pocket.
More information about the situation in the UK, along with guidance for what to do if you think you’re at risk can be found online.
To find out more visit NHSUK/coronavirus for information about the virus and how to protect yourself.
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