Curragh Given Go-Ahead Amidst Lockdown

The Curragh | Emma Berry

Sunday's G1 Keeneland Phoenix S. card at The Curragh has been given the green light to proceed despite lockdown measures being tightened in Kildare after a spike in coronavirus cases.

Brian Kavanagh, chief executive of Horse Racing Ireland, said, “We have had confirmation racing can continue behind closed doors, that was part of the government announcement. We have detailed safety procedures in place. The protocols are strong and they have been well-adhered to since racing resumed and it's important everyone keeps following them.”

For the next two weeks, restrictions in Kildare as well as Laois and Offaly will include limited movement with the exception of work purposes and essential journeys; closure of restaurants and pubs aside from takeaway services, deliveries and limited outdoor dining and the closure of indoor entertainment and sport venues such as cinemas, theatres, museums, galleries and bingo halls.

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