Bendigo Harness hope you, your family, friends are keeping safe in the current environment. Due to the rise in Covid19 cases across the region this week we remind everyone to please take care and if you develop symptoms you must not attend the club for training, trials or race day and please go and get tested.
A reminder Participants, Club Officials, staff and volunteers must immediately report to HRV any instances where you have:
This is a time for the industry to work together and we thank all participants, members and staff for their cooperation. Together we can give our industry the best shot at racing safely through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) wishes to thank participants for their ongoing vigilance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This virus looks set to be with us all for a while, but together we can look after one another and give ourselves the best chance to continue racing safely if we take all precautions.
HRV is encouraging all participants to be particularly vigilant around tracks in municipalities where COVID-19 is significantly active, such as within the local government areas of Hume, Casey and Melton.
All our racetracks have strict entry conditions and protocols to comply with government directives and keep you safe.
If participants are travelling through COVID-19 hotspots to attend the races we strongly recommend they not stop to visit shops and other businesses (i.e. restaurants, fast food outlets, supermarkets, petrol stations) in those areas.
We also recommend that participants bring their own food and refreshments to the track as there will be no serving of food on course at Tabcorp Park Melton, Cranbourne and Kilmore.
From Monday July 27, participants who leave the track at any stage during a race meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton, Cranbourne or Kilmore will not be permitted re-entry.
From Monday July 27 the wearing of face masks and face coverings will be mandatory at all harness racing tracks across Victoria. HRV has made this decision to further reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
From tomorrow night (Saturday July 25) all drivers will be required during post-race interviews to have a mask in their possession. Drivers are exempt from wearing a mask during a post-race interview, but must wear a mask immediately upon the conclusion of the interview.
In line with government directions, the wearing of a mask or face covering is not compulsory during a race or trial. However, HRV strongly encourages drivers to wear a face covering such as pulling up their skivvy or the wearing of a ski mask to cover the mouth and nose.
This is a time for the industry to work together and we thank all participants for their cooperation. Together we can give our industry the best shot at racing safely through the COVID-19 pandemic.
An important update for those that may have missed the recent COVID-19 return to regional racing news:
“We have been clear since March when we moved early to restrict attendances at our race meetings that flexibility is required during COVID-19. Our people’s health and wellbeing are always the top priorities" - Dayle Brown CEO HRV
The regions for the next six weeks will be known as Regional (consisting of Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton, Stawell, Terang), Melbourne and Surrounds (Cranbourne, Kilmore, Melton) and North-West (Mildura). HRV will continue to race only at the nine clubs that have been hosting race meetings since April. More information can be found at https://www.thetrots.com.au/
Whilst we would love to have everyone back at the track and a return to racing across all our friendly sister clubs the current environment simply doesn't allow this.
To find a positive in this situation has to be our club getting the chance to host METRO racing tomorrow night! A huge 9 race card welcoming some of the best horses and drivers across our region for a fantastic night of racing! Food (Pizza, Pies, Sausage Rolls) & Drinks will be available to purchase for those allowed to attend. To watch our meeting from the couch simply head to Trots Vision at https://www.thetrots.com.au/
Revised Racing Calendar Bendigo:
Saturday 11th – Night
Monday 13th – Day
Thursday 16th – Night
Sunday 19th – Morning Trials
Monday 20th – Day
Sunday 26th – Twilight
Tuesday 28th - Night