The British Horseracing Association (BHA) recently announced that it will continue to hold scheduled racing events, albeit without spectators and with limitations on the number of attendees allowed. This announcement comes after the worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).
This move has been agreed upon by the BHA, the Racecourse Association and the Horseemn’s Group. It will be implemented for all races in England, Scotland, and Wales initially until the end of March.
According to the BHA, it aims to organize race meetings as scheduled wherever possible, but they were aware that the situation was very fluid, which meant cancellations were possible. It would take a lot of effort to notify customers and the betting industry as early as possible, the BHA added.
“Racecourses and racing yards are embedded in their local communities and we are acutely aware of our responsibilities to protect public health,” Nick Rust, BHA chief executive, said.
“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 and we will continue to update these as appropriate,” he added.
This move is part of a plan to continue horse racing in the most sustainable way possible, whilst minimizing the risk to staff and freeing up public services.