|For Immediate Release, Monday 6 April 2020|
Racing industry ignores Stage 3 COVID-19 rules yet again putting employees and the wider public in danger
The Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) has been handed undercover footage of the races held today at Caulfield Racecourse showing flagrant breaches of the current stage 3 rules.
See the video here.
While the rest of Australia is playing its part to get through what is probably the most serious crisis in 100 years, the racing industry continues with business as usual.
CPR Campaign Director, Elio Celotto had this to say. “We’ve been monitoring the races for the last 2 weeks and have seen the racing industry behave like there’s no problem despite the latest level 3 restrictions that have been put in place.”
Further footage from previous race meets can be viewed here.
“Today we saw just about every employee visible on screen break the current rule of social distancing.”
“If it was happening in a park or on the side of the road the police could fine you, but yet again the racing industry receives special dispensation from laws that every other Australian must abide by. Being a non-essential service, horse racing should not be taking place at all.”
“Not only are they putting themselves at risk, but their families and every other person they come into contact with. The government must now act and immediately suspend horse racing if they are serious about putting an end to COVID-19.”
“It’s just not acceptable seeing jockeys, strappers and barrier attendants having no regard for the Stage 3 rules and putting the rest of the community at serious risk. It is simply not possible to run horse racing and maintain social distancing as the industry would have us believe” Mr Celotto said.
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