In line with An Taoiseach’s announcement yesterday regarding the
deferred phasing of the Roadmap for Reopening of Society and Business, Horse
Racing Ireland confirm that plans to allow owners return to the racetrack from
Monday July 20 have been delayed.
With only key personnel allowed onto
the racecourse during behind closed doors meetings, racehorse owners have not
been permitted on track since the Covid-19 lockdown in March.
It had been hoped that under Phase 4
of the Roadmap, which allows for outdoor gatherings of up to 500 people, that
owners would be welcomed back to Irish racecourses but yesterday’s deferral
will delay that move for three weeks.
In line with
current Government guidelines, masks will continue to be mandatory for those
working indoors at the racecourse, or when unable to socially distance at all
Brian Kavanagh, Chief Executive of Horse Racing Ireland,
we resumed racing in Ireland on June 8 Horse Racing Ireland has kept tandem
with the Government’s movement on the Roadmap for Reopening of Society and Business,
and will continue to do so.
decision taken by the Cabinet yesterday to defer Phase 4 of the Roadmap, means
we will also, regrettably, have to defer our ambition to welcome owners back to
the racecourse from July 20. I understand how disappointing this will be for
owners who remain our first priority to return to the racecourse once
restrictions are eased.
were well advanced for this to happen from Monday next at Ballinrobe and Gowran
Park, and a number of owners had already completed their online medical
screening. However, until the number permitted at outdoor gatherings is
increased by the Government to 500, only key personnel necessary to run a race
meeting will be permitted on site.
level of compliance with the Covid-19 protocols since June 8 has been excellent
and is appreciated by the Covid-19 teams in Horse Racing Ireland and the IHRB.
is these protocols that ensure that we are able to continue to race so it is
very important that everybody continues to comply with the rules on the
racecourse around social distancing and face masks, and the requirements around