Racing is a £4 billion industry that employs over 20,000 people in the rural economy and it is important that we are able to safely resume to protect the thousands of livelihoods that depend on the sport. Therefore the sport has worked hard to put in place a risk-based approach that allows us to do that safely and responsibly.
Catterick Races is planning to safely return behind closed doors with Government approval on the afternoon of Thursday 2 July as part of a phased return for the sport.
Additionally, Catterick has further race meetings scheduled on: Wednesday 15 July, Wednesday (evening) 22 July, Tuesday 4 August, Monday 17 August and Tuesday 25 August.
In doing so we will be introducing strict protocols designed to safeguard everyone's health and wellbeing and to ensure that racing can take place safely behind closed doors (BCD).
These measures have been developed in consultation with government and public health officials to help keep those attending safe and include:
- a three stage health check that all attendees on courses will have to pass;
- strict social distancing measures on course; and
- detailed new guidance for all participants on how they will have to do things differently on course in order that we can race safely and mitigate any risks.
Racing is only permitted strictly BCD, therefore only pre-authorised personnel with a working role at that specific race meeting will gain entry, and that is provided that they pass the health screening upon arrival. Nobody else will be admitted, whatever their connection with racing or with somebody authorised to attend the race meeting might be.
Those attending the race meeting, including those travelling with horses, are required to leave home or their racing yard and travel directly to Catterick Racecourse without stopping anywhere on route, except in an emergency. Similarly they are expected to return home in a similar fashion.
There will be no social interaction between those in attendance at the racecourse; no bars or restaurants will be open but bottled water will be freely available. ALL PARTICIPANTS are advised to bring whatever refreshments they require for the whole of the race meeting but there will be a limited take away service availabke from the stable hostel and a seperate offer for jockeys.
For those working at an event, including officials, racecourse staff and participants, the implementation of these guidelines ensures that racing will take place in a more controlled environment than most day-to-day activities.