Tokyo, Japan –The Japanese Racing Association (JRA) revealed that it will be reopening its J-Place Kasamatsu Ena and Tosu off-track betting (OTB) facilities starting September 19.
All of the JRA’s OTB sites were forced to temporarily shut down in February due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. But the organization has started to reopen the reopen and resume operations in its facilities in July.
J-Place OTB locations in Tosu, Ena, and Kasamatsu, will operate with a limited service offering, plus it will not be providing customers with live race footage or odds information.
Teller betting windows will remain closed and shops will not provide complimentary beverages. Media halls, smoking areas, and seating sections, on the other hand, will be out of use.
High-touch surfaces in the shops are to be cleaned and disinfected regularly, while plexiglass barriers and vinyl curtains will be installed at certain locations to help prevent exposure to the virus.
JRA staff must have their temperature taken, record their physical condition, disinfect their hands, wear masks, gloves, and face shields before they start working and during work hours.
Customers also have to have their temperature checked upon entry. Anyone that shows signs of Covid-19 infection should not attempt to enter the shops. The JRA added that it will also continue to restrict the number of people allowed inside at one time.
Visitors are also required to wear a face mask when inside the facility. Social distancing measures are also enforced, and everyone is required to sanitize their hands before entering the facility.
The JRA reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone that has come into close contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19, or people who have travelled to a country or region which has been placed under government restriction.
Despite the partial reopening of its OTB network, the JRA announced last month that horse racing in Japan will continue to take place behind closed doors until at least October 4.