Tokyo, Japan –The Japanese Racing Association (JRA) has laid out plans to partially reopen more of its Park Wins, Wins and J-Place off-track betting (OTB) facilities starting September 12.
The Association closed down all of its OTB Facilities in February due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. However, they started to reopen facilities in July 2020.
The Association will be imposing restrictions on opening hours, betting ticket sales and payouts. Races will not be televised, and odds information will not be divulged in the facilities. In addition, increased safety measures will be imposed to prevent the spread of the virus.
Some of the facilities will reopen to accept wagers on each feature race happening at all racecourses and races open to prior-day bettors. Others will open to accept bets on races 9 to 12, and on races open to prior-day bettors.
Measures to prevent the Covid-19 virus from spreading will be put in place. These measures include temperature and health checks for staff and employees, and the mandatory use of face masks/coverings and gloves for employees that come into direct contact with customers.
Facilities will also be equipped with better ventilation and vinyl and plexiglass barriers. High-touch areas will be cleaned and sanitized regularly, and social distancing measures will be strictly observed as well.
The JRA will take temperature checks for customers before allowing them inside the facilities. Face coverings and masks will be required, and social distancing measures will be respected.
It was recently decided that Japanese racing will continue to take place behind closed doors until October 4, keeping in place the safety measures that have been imposed since February 29.