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Victorian Industry Faces Up to Mask Necessity
Racing Victoria has released a statement which makes it compulsory for everybody at racemeetings to wear a mask. Although that also applies to jockeys, they will be able to remove the mask when riding in a race at their discretion. Customised face masks have been ordered by racing Victoria, however a possible delay in delivery means that interim measures, including riders being able to use their own, will be implemented as of Saturday. The statement included: "From Thursday, 23 July 2020, the wearing of face masks by licensed participants, service providers and staff will be compulsory at training centres and Licensed Premises located within areas in which Stage 3 restrictions (or higher) are imposed." The areas this is currently applicable to covers metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire. Face masks are recommended for those attending training centres located outside areas with Stage 3 restrictions (or higher) in instances where individuals cannot maintain 1.5m between themselves and others at all times.” Giles Thompson, RV’s chief executive, noted, “Today’s changes to our protocols around face masks take into consideration the latest Government directives and our desire to ensure that we take all responsible measures to minimise the risk of a COVID-19 case or cluster occurring in Victorian racing given the increased community transmission within the state."