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CEO Urges SA Racegoers to Exercise Patience
Ahead of gradually reopening raceclubs (see above) Thoroughbred Racing South Australia CEO Nick Redin has urged racegoers to “exercise patience”, as clubs are working through all measures required to reopen. “Racecourse hospitality areas have been effectively put into hibernation during the pandemic and will take some time to get back up and running,” he said. “Clubs have sold off the majority of their bar stock and shut all fridges and air conditioning down. It will take a bit of time to restock the bars and kitchens and bring the venues back online.” Redin added, “There are some clubs that have small rooms and will have limited availability, as they are required to remain compliant with the mandatory social-distancing measures. As we are seeing in the smaller pubs and bars, many have opted to remain closed, as to open would make their losses worse. This may be the case with a few clubs.” He also pointed out, “Every club is different. What we do not want to do is to put the clubs in a position where they will incur losses for opening the doors due to the restrictions in place on social distancing given their room sizes.” TRSA has recommended to all clubs that owners be the first allowed back on track.