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Racing Queensland COVID-19 Response

Racing Queensland COVID-19 Response

Racing Queensland has developed a COVID-19 repository to assist clubs, participants and the general public with relevant information during the global pandemic.

During this time, RQ will post the latest information – and updates – to this page.

With the approval of Queensland’s Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young, the raceday restrictions limiting participants to their allocated regions have now been lifted.

Having sought and received approval through Queensland Health – click here to see the approved plan - a staged return to on-course activities will commence across the state from Monday, June 22.

In line with the Queensland Government’s Roadmap to easing restrictions, clubs who opt-in to the racing industry’s COVID Safe Plan will be permitted 20 patrons per designated area during stage two.

This will increase to 100 patrons per designated area during stage three.

In order to be compliant with the COVID Safe Plan, clubs will be required to meet a range of guidelines including the segregation of licensed participants from patrons and social distancing measures including no more than one person per 4 square metres in each designated area.

Importantly, each race club will need to conduct its own site assessment to determine how many designated areas it can make available to patrons. 

Clubs who elect not to opt-in to the racing industry’s COVID Safe Plan will be required to adhere to the conditions contained within the Queensland Government’s Roadmap to easing restrictions.

Presently, Queensland Health is urging all communities to be extra vigilant about health and hygiene including:

  • Vigorous hand washing with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rubs;
  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing or sneezing;
  • Avoiding contact with anyone who has flu-like symptoms; and
  • Maintaining appropriate social distancing.

If you or someone you know is suffering from COVID-19 symptoms or is otherwise unwell, please consult the Government’s latest health information via the links provided.

Last updated: July 10, 2020


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