COVID-19 UPDATE
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AN OPEN LETTER TO PARTICIPANTS IN THE
AUSTRALIAN THOROUGHBRED RACING INDUSTRY
27 APRIL 2020

 

Dear Racing Participants,

Racing Australia would like to thank everyone involved in our sport for their commitment and support during these testing times. Australian racing has lead the way in deploying the best bio-security protocols which has ensured the continuation of racing throughout Australia with the exclusion of Tasmania.
 
When faced with the potential consequences of COVID-19, Racing Australia set out three clear objectives;

  • To keep racing going,
  • To maintain employment of the 74,000 participants who comprise our workforce, 
  • To ensure equine welfare is maintained at the highest level.
  • Collectively we have accomplished all three.  

The next step for racing is to build on our successes. Last night the National Cabinet introduced a COVIDSafe App to aid all Australians in fighting this global pandemic. On behalf of Racing Australia, I strongly encourage you to join in and download the App (https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app). By doing this you will complement the outstanding initiatives and efforts achieved to date by Principal Racing Authorities in keeping everyone safe and it will reinforce in the eyes of the Government Australian racing’s leadership during this public health crisis. I urge you to do this as soon as possible to give every Australian the best chance to stay healthy and safe.
 
Greg Nichols
Chairman
Racing Australia