QRIC vow to keep Queensland greyhounds racing amid COVID-19 chaos

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) and Racing Queensland (RQ) will work together to support the continuation of race meetings in three codes around the state without patrons until further notice.

Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said the Commission is taking steps to isolate those staff members who are essential in the running of race meetings,” he said.

“QRIC stewards, veterinarians, integrity team, sample collection officers and licensing and registration staff are working from home as much as possible and will come into the office for essential tasks only.

“If we keep these staff members separated it gives them every chance of remaining well to continue the integrity functions for racing.”

The Commission’s Brisbane offices remain open for business albeit with some contact restrictions and it is recommended that participants communicate with QRIC staff on line or by telephone wherever possible.

Regional area stewards are working from home but can be contacted by telephone and email.

The QRIC Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) is still open for business to take greyhounds in from the industry and for adoptions to families.

The Commission is reviewing its response to the Coronavirus outbreak on a daily basis and will keep the racing community informed of any changes to this advice.

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