Horse Racing Ireland publish a protocol document for key personnel necessary to run race fixtures, which will resume behind closed doors in Ireland on June 8 Photo: Alain Barr
Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) today published a protocol
document for key personnel necessary to run race fixtures, which will resume
behind closed doors in Ireland on June 8.
The document details Covid-19 protocols for each industry group and the
procedures which must be undertaken by all racecourses hosting race fixtures. A
series of educational webinars will be announced next week to assist further
understanding of the changes people will encounter when returning to work on
These protocols have been developed by Horse Racing Ireland in consultation
with the IHRB and are essential to safeguard everyone's health and wellbeing,
and to ensure that racing will resume in a safe and appropriate manner.Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland, said:
“We have worked closely with the IHRB and the Senior Medical Officer Dr
Jennifer Pugh in strengthening our protocols ahead of a return to racing.
“The new system of health screening will include the registration of every
attendee at every race meeting, from jockeys, trainers, IHRB staff, to
racecourse staff, cleaning staff and so on. Everybody will be required to
complete a baseline health screening questionnaire followed by a set of further
screening questions every 24-hours before attendance at a race meeting.
“We have further strengthened the screening process with the installation of a
thermal camera system to check attendees’ temperatures. Nobody with an elevated
reading will be allowed entry.
“The infection control policy is such that all surfaces will be regularly
disinfected both before racing and throughout the race day, all indoor areas
will be well ventilated, and only those essential to that area are present.”
In line with Government advice, persons over the age of 70 will not be
permitted to attend in the initial stage of the return.Brian Kavanagh added:
“It is incumbent on everybody in the industry to familiarise themselves with
the new protocols, to partake in the upcoming webinars which will help bring
these protocols to life and to ensure that the racecourse continues to be a
safe place to work.”
HRI PROTOCOLS DOCUMENT
We have worked closely with the IHRB and the Senior
Medical Officer Dr Jennifer Pugh in strengthening our protocols ahead of a
return to racing.
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