Victorian greyhound racing locks out public over Coronavirus
Greyhound Clubs Victoria's (GCV) thirteen clubs, in consultation with Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV), have today determined to immediately restrict attendance at race meetings to licensed trainers (or trainers' representatives) with runners engaged, catchers and essential staff.
Following on from today's announcement that a state of emergency has been declared in Victoria, the greyhound racing industry, in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 and protect the wellbeing of industry staff and participants, all greyhound race meetings will be off limits to the general public, effective immediately and ongoing, whilst ever a state of emergency is in place. Currently that date is up to and including April 13.
GCV and GRV are taking the matter seriously and are consulting on a daily basis as more information and medical advice is received. The decision to restrict access to meetings has not been taken lightly with significant off track promotions such as those planned for Shepparton Cup night and several major Easter promotions now cancelled, however GCV and GRV consider the action being taken as the right one for all concerned.
Racing will continue as scheduled at this point with reviews of the racing calendar taking place regularly as part of the ongoing management of the industry. Further, GCV and GRV encourage clubs to follow the personal hygiene guidelines as published by the Department of Health & Human Services: .