CoronaVirus Update

12th March 2020

Last Updated: Monday 09 March 2020

Racegoers and other attendees to Wetherby Racecourse are advised that there is currently no change to the plans to hold the next scheduled race meeting on Tuesday 17th March 2020.

Racegoers and other attendees are informed that they must make themselves familiar with the current UK Government information and advice on the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19: READ GOVERNMENT GUIDANCE. The Department of Health and Social Care will be publishing updated data on the same Government page every day at 2pm until further notice.

As per the guidance, attendees should note that anyone who has travelled to a Category 1 location, whether they have symptoms or not, should self-isolate at home (or at their temporary residence if they are not at home) and MUST NOT attend the Racecourse in any circumstances.

Anyone who has a relevant travel or contact history in Category 2 location  and is concerned that they might have symptoms also MUST NOT attend the Racecourse  in any circumstances, and should contact NHS 111 for further advice and guidance.

Should you feel unwell during your visit to and are experiencing typical symptoms of coronavirus (e.g. a fever, a cough, a shortness of breath, breathing difficulties), you are advised to seek immediate advice from the qualified first aid staff present who may then refer you to the on course medical staff on duty if deemed necessary.

We will continue to take regular advice from UK Government and the World Health Organisation (WHO) regarding any safety precautions related to COVID-19. The situation will continue to be monitored, with the relevant health and safety precautions being exercised where appropriate to ensure our commitment to everybody’s safety whilst at the Racecourse.

Please be advised that we have appropriate measures in place at Wetherby Racecourse.

Hygiene practices, such as regularly washing hands especially before handling food or after every use of the toileting facilities and always sneezing into a tissue are the best way to prevent the spread of almost all germs, This includes the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, and we ask all persons to please make frequent use of the washing facilities throughout the race day.

We are discouraging handshaking or other forms of physical greeting/contact at this time, and encourage alternative non-contact greetings. We ask that persons are not offended if others decline to accept standard greetings such as handshakes.

We have increased awareness and training of all our staff for personal preventative hygiene measures and from the qualified first aid staff present who may then refer you to the on course medical staff on duty if deemed necessary.

We will continue to monitor the situation on a daily basis and keep racegoers and other attendees informed of any changes where appropriate, with the latest information available via the


IRM Racecourse Safety Manager

For and on Behalf of Wetherby Racecourse