WA RACING UPDATE

27
Jul

Racing and Wagering Western Australia (RWWA) would once again like to thank all owners, industry participants and race clubs for their understanding and patience as we have navigated our way through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please see below a reminder regarding current COVID-19 restrictions being implemented for the WA racing industry.

On-Course Attendance

As the State has transitioned into Phase 4 of the WA Government’s roadmap, we have been able to welcome patrons back to the track to once again enjoy the race day experience.

In order to allow the public to attend trials and race meetings, certain conditions still do apply:

  • The 2sqm rule, inclusive of staff, must be applied to venues that hold more than 500 patrons;
  • To ensure compliance with the 2sqm rule, restricted areas are limited to essential persons only, including mounting yards, parade rings, kennelling areas and stalls; and
  • Trackwork remains restricted to essential persons only.

Race clubs must ensure their COVID Safety Plans are updated and continue to be implemented prior to re-opening to the public.

The above restrictions will be removed upon the implementation of Phase 5. The WA Government have advised that the tentative date for Phase 5 will be Saturday, 15 August 2020.

Interstate Travel

In regards to interstate travel, please be reminded that:

  • Any WA licenced racing participant, or member of their household, who is travelling or returning from interstate travel and are exempt to enter WA must notify the RWWA Stewards as soon as possible; and
  • Any persons (including essential racing personnel) who resides in the same household as someone who has returned from interstate and is required to self-isolate/quarantine, must not interact with any other licenced racing participants during the 14-day period. Such persons will also not be permitted to attend any WA racecourses including race meetings, trials or trackwork.
  • No one will be allowed into Western Australia if they have been in Victoria or New South Wales in the previous 14 days, unless they meet new exemption requirements.

Racing Animals from Victoria

Please be advised of the following update regarding the transfer of horses travelling from Victoria:

  • Any horse travelling into WA from Victoria must go to a non-licensed property for a minimum of 24 hours and cannot proceed directly to any licensed property.
  • Following this the horse can be floated to a licensed racing premise. Under no circumstance should the person who floated the horse into WA be directly involved in the transfer of the horse to a licensed racing premises.
  • Any equipment or other items that have travelled with the horse should be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to entry to the licensed premises.

Social Distancing and Hygiene Practices

Please ensure that the following physical distancing and good hygiene practices must continue to be adhered to at all times when on-course, including:

  • Staying home if you are unwell.
  • Maintaining distance from others where possible.
  • Avoiding unnecessary physical contact with others — e.g. physical greetings such as handshakes and hugs.
  • Washing your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitiser.
  • Covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, using a flexed elbow or a tissue. If you use a tissue, dispose of it immediately and appropriately.