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Racing NSW Plans For Owners On Course

Wednesday, 3rd June 2020

Peter V'landys, chief executive of Racing NSW, told RSN on Tuesday that they hope to have owners on course by Saturday, "That is what we are meeting with government about. We have set July 1, but in racing it might be a little bit different," V'landys said. "We want to bring back owners early, as early as next week. And they can stay and watch their race and go and then we will gradually bring the owners back and then the public. That's going to be over a staged period." Given the current low COVID19 infection rates in NSW, V'landys noted, "We gave ourselves another two to three weeks to look at the data and we have done everything on the data. With the relaxing of the social distancing measures, we want to see if that has any effect and if it doesn't and the infection rate stays at less than 0.5 per cent… the risk of catching a virus at a venue is next to nil. At the peak of the virus, the infection rate was 25, 26 and I think it got to 30 per cent in Spain and Italy it got up to 60 per cent or 50 per cent. The last 50 days in New South Wales it has been less that 0.5 per cent." He asked, "So when is it right to start? You're not going to get it much lower than 0.5 per cent unless you really go all out to eradicate the virus. So you've got to do a risk analysis and the risk now is extremely low. There is no reason why crowds couldn't be let in again." V'Landys suggested, "You can continue with social distancing and you can continue with the hygiene matters and we can have infrared cameras measuring peoples' temperatures. The crowds need to be capped and ideally you want to have them in the hospitality areas where the clubs generate the majority of their revenue."

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