Racing is a £4 billion industry that employs over 20,000 people in the rural economy and it is important that we are able to safely resume to protect the thousands of livelihoods that depend on the sport. Therefore the sport has worked hard to put in place a risk-based approach that allows us to do that safely and responsibly.
Redcar Racecourse is planning to safely return behind closed doors with Government approval on the evening of Thursday 18th June as part of a phased return for the sport.
The list of dates for racing "Behind Closed Doors" with no public attendance has been confirmed as follows:
- Thursday 18th June (Evening)
- Sunday 21st June
- Saturday 27th June
- Moinday 27th July
- Saturday 29th August (Evening)
In doing so we will be introducing strict protocols designed to safeguard everyone's health and wellbeing and to ensure that racing can take place safely behind closed doors (BCD).
These measures have been developed in consultation with government and public health officials to help keep those attending safe and include:
- a three stage health check that all attendees on courses will have to pass;
- strict social distancing measures on course; and
- detailed new guidance for all participants on how they will have to do things differently on course in order that we can race safely and mitigate any risks.
Racing is only permitted strictly BCD, therefore only pre-authorised personnel with a working role at that specific race meeting will gain entry, and that is provided that they pass the health screening upon arrival. Nobody else will be admitted, whatever their connection with racing or with somebody authorised to attend the race meeting might be.
Those attending the race meeting, including those travelling with horses, are required to leave home or their racing yard and travel directly to Redcar Racecourse without stopping anywhere on route, except in an emergency. Similarly they are expected to return home in a similar fashion.
There will be no social interaction between those in attendance at the racecourse.
The stable-staff canteen and all the usual bars/food outlets are closed. There will, however, be a catering concession situated at the entrance to the Hostel which anyone may access, offering a range of hot and cold sandwiches, snacks and drinks. With the exception of alcoholic drinks, all staff may of course bring with them whatever food and other refreshments they wish and there will be complimentary bottled water available from the PPE office near the Winners' Enclosure.
For those working at an event, including officials, racecourse staff and participants, the implementation of these guidelines ensures that racing will take place in a more controlled environment than most day-to-day activities