BHA confirm meeting at Leicester on Tuesday WILL go ahead despite Covid-19 measures being re-imposed in city
- Racing will take place at Leicester on Tuesday despite concerns over Covid-19
- The track meeting last Tuesday took place despite criticism and withdrawals
- The BHA has held discussions with authorities and confirmed they will proceed
Tuesday’s meeting at Leicester will go ahead, the BHA have confirmed.
The meeting at the track last Tuesday had to be run without starting stalls because the majority of stalls handlers refused to work at the fixture after the city of Leicester had COVID-19 restrictions re-imposed after a surge in the infection rate.
A number of trainers pulled their horses out and were critical of the meeting going ahead.
Racing went ahead at Leicester last Tuesday despite the refusal of most stall handlers to work
RaceTech, who provide the stalls team, have confirmed that they will supply a team prepared to work next week but there will be no admittance for owners even though they are being allowed into tracks from today (Saturday).
In a statement the BHA said that the decision to stage the fixture as planned had been taken after ‘discussions with relevant authorities’.
The statement added: ‘The sport’s detailed safety measures, which include health screening of all attendees and strict social distancing protocols, will be in place at the fixture.
The BHA has said that strict screening and distancing protocols will be ensured at the meeting
‘The focus of these measures is to safeguard officials, participants and local communities.’
A BHA spokesman said: “We are grateful for the input of representative bodies in developing our protocols for responding to local lockdowns.
‘Everyone in the sport remains in agreement that safety is the number one priority while racing’s behind closed doors resumption continues.
“The sport’s strict health screening and social distancing protocols continue to ensure that racecourses are amongst the most controlled of workplaces, and that local communities are not affected by behind closed doors fixtures.”