Latest Coronavirus Update – Wetherby Racecourse

16th March 2020

Wetherby Racecourse shares the same objective as the Government and the wider community, which is to slow the spread of the Coronavirus while maintaining a level of activity which will sustain business – especially the rural enterprises that form the broad base of the horseracing industry (including racehorse trainers, their stable staff, farriers, feed merchants, etc).

While racing without a crowd will impact the racecourse financially, the more pressing need is to agree a programme that is sustainable in the light of possible staff absences, including in critical roles, which protects industry staff and supports the wider effort to free up critical public services and to try and maintain some level of economic activity.

What precautions are we taking?

By racing without a crowd we are encouraging social distancing. The media coverage of crowd restrictions sends a powerful message to the public regarding the need to change behaviour.

We are supporting the Government’s instruction that anyone with symptoms (including a temperature, a new persistent cough or shortness of breath) or who has been in contact with someone suspected of suffering from Covid-19 should self-isolate for 7 days. We are asking every attendee to confirm that they have considered this advice before entering the racecourse.

While government advice suggests that gatherings in the open air present less risk than indoor activities, we recommend that all attendees take sensible precautions and wash their hands regularly.

Who will be allowed into the racecourse?

Access to the racecourse will be strictly limited to essential participants only i.e. jockeys, trainers, racecourse staff, stable grooms and officials. The fixture will continue to be televised on Racing TV.  Owners will be limited to an admission of just 2 people per horse.  NO OTHER PEOPLE WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER THE RACECOURSE PREMISES.

What if I have pre-booked admission or hospitality?

Unfortunately there is no access to the Racecourse for pre-booked admissions and hospitality.  Anyone who has pre-booked admissions or White Rose Restaurant Packages will automatically receive a full refund and will receive an email to explain how/when this will happen.  The Hospitality Team will directly contact anyone who has booked into our private suites and/or Dine & View Restaurant, to discuss if clients require a full refund or would like to consider a transfer of their booking to later in the year.  We are a small team, so please be patient and bear with us during this process.  We thank you all for your support and understanding at this time.

BHA Press Release – 16March2020