COVID-19 IMPORTANT INFORMATION
An update from the Victoria Racing Club on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Current as at 30 March 2020
The global COVID-19 pandemic is a very confronting and unprecedented situation that has impacted everyone. Our thoughts remain with every person affected by COVID-19 and the VRC is determined to do its part by taking decisive action to help minimise the spread of the virus and its effect on the community.
In light of the pandemic and its impact on the sports, entertainment and events sector, the VRC has activated a business-wide sustainability model to support its workforce during these uncertain times while also ensuring the ongoing sustainability of the Club. Please read more here.
Victoria’s racing industry has collectively taken a number of actions to reduce the spread and impact of COVID-19, including conducting racing on closed courses and implementing strict quarantine requirements for all industry participants. The VRC strongly endorses the actions undertaken by Racing Victoria to keep our sport going to support the 25,000 full-time jobs that Victorian racing underpins.
For the safety of VRC staff and our horse trainers and animals, the VRC offices and Flemington Horse Training Facility including the tracks are currently closed to visitors until further notice and where possible, much of our business is operating remotely. However, our wetlands and surrounding parklands remain open for community use. Patrons are reminded that they must comply with social distancing requirements, and all pets must be on a leash and under the control of their owner at all timesd. The main track (the course proper) itself is off limits.
We have received queries regarding the impact on memberships, dining packages and upcoming events. We will continue to communicate with members and affected patrons regularly throughout this period and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this time of uncertainty.
With regards to the Melbourne Cup Carnival, although the effect of COVID-19 on all sectors has been severe, particularly for sporting and cultural events , we are hopeful that Australia’s premier sporting and social event will go ahead in some shape as it has done for almost 160 years.
We are planning at a very high-level for different scenarios in the belief that we can emerge from this crisis and stage one of the nation’s greatest events that bolsters not only Victoria’s tourism, hospitality and retail sectors, but the spirits of a nation.
Thank you for your continued support of the VRC and we look forward to welcoming you back to Flemington as soon as we can.