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COVID-19: Changes to operational procedures around greyhound racing integrity

GRV’s Greyhound Racing Integrity Unit (GRIU) has initiated numerous changes in line with Government social distancing protocols to help combat the spread of COVID-19.

They are as follows:

  • Isolation of the Stewards to a specific geographical region – proximity of track to place of residence
  • Stewards remain in teams of three and do not crossover or have contact with other teams
  • Team of specialist Stewards working remotely in isolation to support the on-track team/s
  • Removal of on course Data Operators, function done remotely
  • Skeleton staff on track only, non-essential staff were removed from race meetings
  • Biosecurity and hygiene measures fully implemented
  • Demarcation of maximum occupants placed on all indoor areas of tracks/clubs
  • Greyhound identification processes are limited to scanning – ear brand checks have ceased
  • Pre-race parading has ceased
  • People involved in movement of Greyhounds from kennel to starting boxes are keeping 3-5 metres distance
  • Starting box loading process modified to ensure separation distances can be adhered to.
  • Pens are being disinfected after use – an abundance of pens are being provided as single use
  • Removed the need to use numbered bibs for handlers & catchers
  • Vet checks for pre-kennelling and pre-race are being conducted in the open air, where possible
  • The Victorian Racing Tribunal are conducting hearings via teleconference and other technology platforms
  • Floor markers in place to manage movements of people and distancing at race meeting in various areas
  • Swab kits are being handled by one person to ensure singular holdings
  • Reduced the congregation of catchers allowing one person to catch more than one Greyhound – without penalty
  • Employees are travelling to work alone in their vehicle
  • Paperless transactions implemented on track, where possible
  • The investigation/prosecution brief preparation process has moved to paperless

Social distancing during the kennelling process.

Greyhounds and handlers are spaced apart when heading to the starting boxes, while place markers are used to keep participants separated behind the boxes.

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