Uncertain Times For English Racing

No racecourse attendance cap since July

With England looking at introducing a two week lockdown to combat the Omicron COVID variant, the racing industry there faces more uncertainty.

“The BHA announced recently how the latest government guidelines are being observed by British racing, with our protocols exceeding minimum requirements in places,” the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said in a statement as reported by bloodhorse.com.

“We’ll continue to monitor and await guidance from the various governments regarding any further developments.”

On Friday 17 December, a total of 93 045 COVID cases were reported in the UK, breaking the pandemic record for the third successive day.

A further 90 148 cases were reported on Saturday 18 December.

Racecourse attendance numbers haven’t been capped in England since July 19, while new restrictions were announced in Ireland on Friday with a 5000 cap on attendance from Monday 20 December until 30 January 2022.

Several racecourses, including Sandown, Bath, and Chelmsford are among the 2900 vaccination centres across the UK.

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