The British Horseracing Authority has confirmed that racing-albeit behind closed doors-will continue in areas deemed Tier 4 in terms of coronavirus threat. Tier 4 effectively shadows the national lockdown measures that all of England was under during November, and Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said that much of southeast England will enter Tier 4 on Sunday.
A BHA statement on Saturday evening read, “A Government official has confirmed to the BHA tonight that Tier 4 is equivalent to the restrictions that applied to elite sports in the second national lockdown in November. Racing will continue behind closed doors in Tier 4 in England, with no spectators and owners subjected to the same restrictions as in November, which limit attendance to a maximum of 45 on the course at any point. Owners attending must comply with the BHA's protocols as well as national guidance, and satisfy themselves that their travel to, and attendance at, race meetings is legitimately linked to their business involvement in British racing. Each individual racecourse will provide information specific to their events, which owners are asked to check before attending.”
“The BHA and racecourses will continue to liaise with Government, Public Health England and local Safety Advisory Groups and keep the situation under review. We will share any further relevant details as and when we have them.”