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Victorian Owners Back On-Track From Monday
Racing Victoria has announced that owners will be allowed back on-course from Monday 22 June, reports racing.com. “This is possible due to the update of the government guidelines which specially enables this group to go,” Racing Victoria CEO Giles Thompson told RSN. “That is great news, particularly because the owners have kept people in jobs right across the state with their investment over the last nearly 14 weeks during this COVID. It’s great to be able to recognise that and give them access to the track and thank them for their loyalty and understanding in this period of time. It won’t be as full and rich experience as we’d like to offer and as the clubs would like to offer, because there will still need to be appropriate COVID safe protocols around all of that, but this is a great first step. We have to segregate the racing operations, those people who have been essential to racing, been there for the last 14 weeks delivering racing … from anyone else going to the track, and that is the owners.” The announcement means that Swan Hill will be the first track to have owners on-track since the COVID19 restrictions began in March. TAB outlets will also open from Monday 22 June. Punters will have to wait longer with restrictions dictated by state government regulations. “Members of the race clubs and the general public won’t be able to go back to the track from Monday. That’s because from a government guideline perspective, spectators, and they’re classified as spectators, as compared to owners, who are classified differently … spectators are captured by the broader professional sports guidelines which also covers things like the AFL, NRL within Victoria,” Thompson said.