Masks mandatory at trial and race meetings

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing has updated its Level 2 and 3 directives to introduce a requirement for the wearing of face coverings at race or trial meetings.

Face masks are required to be worn at all times in the weigh-room, birdcage, and starting gates.

Riders are permitted to lower their mask during racing, after loading up in barriers and before re-entering the birdcage. 

NZTR said this change has been brought in line with updated Government advice, and specifically to help protect the wellbeing of jockeys, upon which the ongoing conduct of racing is vitally dependent. 

Whilst this requirement comes into force immediately, initial dispensation is provided to jockeys as NZTR is in the process of purchasing and distributing a face covering that is secure and suitable for riders.

NZTR also announced that while there is provision in the Level 2 Directive for attendance of owners, sponsors or other ticketed guests, provided that this is done in line with Government mandated requirements, NZTR has suspended this provision until further notice. 

This will be reviewed after the next Government announcement on Alert Levels. 

Aligned to this decision, there will be no provision for on-course wagering, except where self-service terminals are already on site.

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