31 August 2021
Tomorrow sees the commencement of racing under Alert Level 3. The industry will be relying upon those involved to continue to adhere to the protocols advised to ensure we continue to enjoy this privilege.
Protocols for Alert Level 3 can be viewed here.
Trainers with starters at meetings, and jockeys declared to ride, will have received notification from the National Racing Bureau regarding the stringent processes required when racing under Alert Level 3.
To assist those travelling in Alert Level 3, should they be stopped by police and asked to explain their journey, a letter is also being provided by the Bureau to those trainers with horses accepted and jockeys declared to ride.
The new Health Order (COVID-19 Order no10) released today confirms the restrictions around travel for work under Alert Level 3, with the expectation that people may travel within their own or an adjacent Level 3 region, rather than across regions. See the map below to determine how the regions are broken down.
Those trainers in Auckland and Northland who are currently under Alert Level 4 are expected to arrange to transport their horse/s and gear by a commercial float company, and to also arrange a handler at the racecourse.
This is also the obligation for those trainers with horses travelling across Alert Level 3 regions, for example Hastings to Taranaki, or Southland to Canterbury, to comply with the Health Order mentioned previously.
No members of the public are permitted on-course under Alert Level 3.
See the link here for Alert level boundaries.
A reminder that the industry has come together with the codes, RIB, and TAB NZ encouraging participants and stakeholders to get vaccinated.
Watch the video here.