Greyhound racing NSW: Races still on but public not allowed to attend

SHUT DOWN: Greyhound races will still be on, but the public are not allowed to attend for the 'foreseeable future'. Photo: FILE
SHUT DOWN: Greyhound races will still be on, but the public are not allowed to attend for the 'foreseeable future'. Photo: FILE

NO members of the public will be permitted to attend greyhound races across NSW for the "foreseeable future" from Tuesday.

The decision was made to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and was made jointly by Greyhound Racing NSW and the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission (GWIC).

"Given the current situation regarding COVID-19 and the health advice provided by both the state and federal governments, both organisations have determined that it is in the public's best interest, and also of staff and participants, to prohibit spectators from attending race meetings until further notice," the joint statement said.

"Racing at all locations will continue as normal with only trainers, handlers, race officials and GWIC staff permitted to attend race meetings.

"However anyone in these roles who is feeling unwell or may have been exposed to COVID-19 must avoid the track and isolate themselves according to NSW Health advice."

In order for racing to continue in the current environment, the statement said that staff and race officials would be provided with as much protection as possible to allow them to perform their duties.

"Anyone attending a race meeting must strictly observe all directions and protocols at all times," it said.

If you have any concerns in relation to COVID-19 please visit the NSW Health website.

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