Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews today announced a raft of shutdowns to businesses and schools across Victoria but greyhound racing is continuing.
GRV will continue to take advice from the Chief Health Officer and work with Greyhound Clubs Victoria, our 13 race clubs, GOTBA, Government, Greyhounds Australasia, all our interstate counterparts and other racing codes to navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19, protect our participants and care for our dogs.
On track arrangements are being put in place to ensure compliance with new social distance arrangements.
We are also examining ways to hold race meetings with skeleton staff and limiting participant numbers at tracks.
The strict health protocols which currently apply at our tracks will continue and I urge all attending
our tracks to work with us to keep our greyhounds racing.
The public cannot attend our race meetings and attendance is restricted to licensed trainers (or trainers’ representatives) with runners engaged, catchers and essential staff, in line with advice from the Chief Health Officer.
To ensure the ongoing conduct of race meetings in the foreseeable future and to manage and identify compliance with the regulations, children are not allowed at our tracks.
If you feel unwell or have a temperature do not come to the track and contact your doctor.
There will also be alterations and controls in place at track kennels to ensure that the allowed number of people in the area at one time is not exceeded. This will vary from track- to-track with notifications in place at each track.
Participants can be assured that there will be further attendance requirements in the near future that will be introduced as deemed necessary in order to protect the industry and its participants by continuing to race in the current crisis.
Public health information is available HERE.
These are challenging times and it’s never been more important to support each other.
Take care of yourself and your family and friends and I will continue to keep you updated on what is occurring.
LISTEN: GRV CEO Alan Clayton spoke to RSN’s Gareth Hall today about the decision that greyhound racing will continue in Victoria, and what that may look like going forward.