BHA confirms that the meeting in Leicester will continue on Tuesday, despite Covid-19 concerns in the city
BHA confirms meeting in Leicester will continue on Tuesday despite Covid-19 measures being re-imposed in the city
- Despite concerns over Covid-19, racing will take place in Leicester on Tuesday
- The track meeting took place last Tuesday despite criticisms and withdrawals
- The BHA has held talks with the authorities and has confirmed that they will continue
Tuesday’s meeting in Leicester will continue, the BHA have confirmed.
The meeting on the track last Tuesday had to be conducted without starting stables, as the majority of stable handlers refused to work on the fixture after the city of Leicester re-imposed COVID-19 restrictions following an increase in infection rate.
A number of trainers took out their horses and were critical of the upcoming meeting.
Racing continued in Leicester last Tuesday, despite most stall handlers refusing to work
RaceTech, which supplies the stable team, has confirmed that they will supply a team that is willing to work next week, but owners will not be allowed in, even though they are allowed on track from today (Saturday).
In a statement, the BHA said that the decision to organize the luminaire according to plan was taken after ‘discussions with relevant authorities’.
The statement added: “The sport’s detailed safety measures, including health screening of all participants and strict social distance protocols, will be in place on the fixture.
The BHA has said that strict meeting and screening protocols will be ensured during the meeting
“The focus of these measures is to protect civil servants, participants and local communities.”
A BHA spokesperson said, “We are grateful for the input of representative bodies in developing our protocols for responding to local lockdowns.
Everyone in the sport continues to agree that safety is a top priority while racing continues behind closed doors.
“The strict health screening and social distance protocols maintain the sport to ensure that racecourses are among the most controlled workplaces and that local communities are not affected by behind closed doors.”