Q. What areas of the racecourse will I be able to access?
A. Owners on course will have access to a dedicated ‘Owners Zone’, which is located around the Paddock Suite. The Paddock Suite Bar has views over the course, and the balconies on the first floor overlook the parade ring, track and the relocated Winners’ position. Owners can access the parade ring rails and viewing steppings by the Finishing post. The Malton & Middleham Bars on the middle floor of the Petch Stand (no lift access) provide undercover seating & TV viewing.
Owners can view the race live from the Petch Stand steppings, from the Paddock Suite balcony, or trackside viewing area directly outside the Paddock Suite. The race can also be viewed via the big screen and TVs in the Paddock Suite, Malton & Middleham Bars.
Please note, the area that would normally be used as the Owners & Trainers Bar is NOT in use.
BHA instructions are that Owners are unfortunately not able to access to the Parade Ring. However Paddock Suite balcony overlooks the Parade Ring, owners have access to the perimeter railing of the Parade Ring, and there is a designated ‘debrief’ area between the Paddock Suite and Parade Ring.
Q. Why can owners and raceday workers not interact on raceday?
A. To mitigate the risk of the transmitting COVID-19, owners on course will have access to a dedicated owner zone based around the Paddock Suite, which is separated from raceday workers (trainers, stable staff, jockeys, officials, media etc.). For infection control purposes, no movement will be permitted between the two areas of the racecourse.
This approach, supported by government, also means that there would be currently no need to revise other elements of the screening program such as by introducing laboratory testing for all racecourse attendees.
Q. Will there be food and drink available on the day?
A. In line with UK Government stage 3 guidance we are unable to provide the normal buffet lunch for Owners. However a complimentary selection of pre-packaged sandwiches, soup, beef stew & dumplings, cakes and tea & coffee are available from the Paddock Suite Bar. A paid bar (contactless preferred) is also available for owners in the Paddock Suite and Malton bars.
Q. Will there be presentations on the racecourse?
A. Not at this stage of the proposal, therefore the current arrangements for distributing prizes to the winning and placed connections will continue unchanged.
Q. Do I have to wear PPE/Facemasks?
A. All owners and guests should continue to observe the BHA’s social distancing advice of 2 meters and are advised that face coverings are mandatory at all times when at the racecourse, from arrival to departure, unless eating or drinking.
Q. How do I leave the racecourse after my horse has run?
A. A one-way system is in place, so owners can return to their vehicle without crossing paths with others and hand hygiene stations will be provided on exit. Upon leaving the racecourse, badges for the raceday should be removed by the owner and should not be retained for future use.
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