• Covid-19 Protocols

    Horse Racing Ireland in consultation with the IHRB have developed a Covid-19 protocol document for key personnel necessary to run race fixtures behind closed doors.  

    This document details Covid-19 protocols for each industry group and the procedures which must be undertaken by all racecourses hosting race fixtures, to ensure that racing will resume in a safe and appropriate manner for everyone.  

    Educational webinars have also been produced by HRI and IHRB to bring the Covid-19 return to racing protocols to life.  It is incumbent on everybody in the industry to familiarise themselves with the new protocols, to safeguard everyone's health and wellbeing.

    1. Covid-19 Video | Introduction to HRI Protocols for race meetings behind closed doors

      Please make yourself familiar with the protocol document so you understand how they will be implemented on race day. Everyone has a role to play and we need everyone to commit 100% to the protocols and to make sure you understand your role on the day. We ask you to pay particular attention to an area that is pertinent to your role.

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      Introduction
    2. Medical Advice

      Covid-19 Video | Medical Advice

      Are you familiar with the symptoms of Covid-19 and how to prevent it? Remember to maintain social distancing, cover your mouth and nose if you cough or sneeze, do not touch your face and wash your hands frequently. If you are showing symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath or a high temperature or any head cold or flu like symptoms, we ask you not to come racing. 

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    3. Covid-19 Video | Industry Assistance Programme

      The industry assistance programme (IAP) is a fully confidential, free service that is available to everyone who works within the racing industry. The service can assist you with a range of issues such as finance, well-being, workforce issues. For the full list of services and to make contact, visit www.workinracing/iap.ie

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      Industry Assistance Programme
    4. Health Screening Explained

      Covid-19 Video | Health Screening Explained

      To return to racing safely, we are required to health screen all attendees. The main aim is to make sure we are bringing a healthy population of people to racecourses and preventing anyone coming racing who may potentially have Covid-19 infection. 

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    5. Covid-19 Video | Health Screening Check-In Area at Racecourse

      To return to racing safely, we are required to health screen all attendees. All permitted attendees will be required to complete a baseline questionnaire by no later than 6pm two days before their first race meeting and by no later than 6pm the day before each race meeting they are due to attend after that.  On completion of the health screening questionnaire a barcode specific to you will be generated.  You must bring this barcode to the race meeting for scanning on the day (it can be on your phone or printed out).  Details of the website/app will be communicated to you before racing resumes on Monday 8th June.

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      Health Screening Check-In at Racecourse
    6. Stall Handlers

      Covid-19 Video | Stall Handlers

      As with every attendee on a race day, stall handlers will be required to complete a baseline questionnaire by no later than 6pm two days before their first race meeting and by no later than 6pm the day before each race meeting they are due to attend after that. You will not be allowed to enter the racecourse without your barcode. Please make use of all the space available when leading horses. Starting stalls will be power-washed and disinfected prior to every race meeting and also disinfected between races. PPE equipment will be provided to all stall handlers. We ask you to not to arrive earlier than your normal start time and please leave immediately after the last race.

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    7. Covid-19 Video | Covid Compliance

      HRI Covid Compliance Officers will be in attendance at every race meeting to ensure the protocols are implemented and strictly adhered to.  The Covid Compliance Officers will promote good hygiene, safe social distancing and will be available to answer any queries you may have.  The Covid Compliance Officers will be clearly identifiable and will assist everyone in the industry to become familiar with the new workplace and new requirements.

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      Stall Handlers
    8. Stable Staff and Trainers

      Covid-19 Video | Stable Staff and Trainers

      Here are the important changes and protocols that stable staff and trainers will have to follow at race meetings including health screening, stable yard access, micro-chipping scanning procedures, access to the weigh room, weighing-out procedures, saddle collection and stewards enquires. Passports will have to be uploaded online in advance and stable allocation will also be provided in advance. 

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    9. Covid-19 Video | Riders Check In

      An overview of the procedures jockeys must adhere to, to go racing - including the health screening and wrist band process rules, arriving at the racecourse, the jockey’s overflow room, access to the weigh room, mask and social distancing etiquette and weighing-in and weighing-out instructions. 

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      Rider check in
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