INFORMATION BULLETIN – COVID-19 Tasmanian Member Update / 13 May 2020

RETURN TO RACING

Dear Trainer,

Following Friday’s announcement that racing will re-start in Tasmania on 13 June, the Minister for Racing, Jane Howlett has today released further information which paves the way for the resumption of racing in the State.

Public Health officials have signed off on detailed COVID-safe plans which will enable all three racing codes to conduct trials from Monday 18 May, in preparation for the eventual return to racing on 13 June.

Under the plan, which includes new operating procedures designed to limit COVID-19 infection risks, trials will be able to commence at Mowbray and Longford Racecourses in the State’s North and Elwick Racecourse in Hobart. Track gallops and jump-outs will also resume.

COVID-safe measures will include fewer officials and participants at trials, as well as adherence to strict social distancing rules.

The Racing Minister acknowledged many participants would have preferred an earlier re-start but the Department of Public Health, which had the casting vote here, remained steadfast in their opposition to this.

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Yours faithfully,

Andrew Nicholl
Chief Executive