|For Immediate Release, Saturday 22 August 2020|
COVID-19 Hits Horse Racing in Victoria – Daniel Andrews plays Russian Roulette with the lives of Victorians
Racing has been the only sport allowed to continue in Victoria throughout the state’s Stage 4 lockdown and is now still being allowed to continue despite an employee at Richard Laming’s stable testing positive to Covid-19.
Racing Victoria has locked down stables and stood down jockeys. Some trainers and staff members have been asked to self isolate pending the outcome of test results which are expected tomorrow and that will determine if they are permitted to resume their involvement in horse racing. Tomorrow!
“Again, Daniel Andrews expects all Victorians to abide by strict quarantine rules while he allows the racing industry to make up their own” said an angry Elio Celotto, Campaign Director for the Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR).
“If this was in any other type of workplace, it would be immediately shut down for the required 2 weeks of quarantine to ensure the safety of all concerned. However, subject to a test that cannot be relied upon so soon after possible infection, Racing Victoria has continued racing today at Moonee Valley and is likely to run races in Moe and Ballarat tomorrow” Mr Celotto said.
“Once again we see the industry self-regulate, with stewards making vital decisions that should be left to the State Government”.
“Daniel Andrews is now playing Russian Roulette with the lives of all Victorians and is risking another potential outbreak like the one at the Rydges Hotel that caused the second wave of infection.”
“Daniel Andrews needs to stop hiding behind the excuse that horse racing is allowed to continue for animal welfare reasons. Horses can still be exercised and actually cared for much more safely without racing.”
“If another outbreak occurs in the racing industry, the Daniel Andrews government will have human blood on their hands, not just horses” said Mr Celotto.
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