UK Spectator Guidelines Released by BHA


An owner on an English racecourse | BHA

A limited number of spectators will be allowed on certain English racecourses as of Dec. 2, the British Horseracing Authority announced. Spectators are permitted in some areas of England, according to the latest guidelines revealed by the UK government. Owners are able to attend fixtures across all three tiers, while regular spectators are allowed only in Tiers 1 and 2. Spectators and owners are both permitted in the Amber Zone (formerly the Owner Zone) at racecourses, but there will be specific areas reserved for owners only. Pre-registration is essential for all, and owners will receive an automatic email with details of how to register once their horse is entered to run. In addition, the owner's email will contain information regarding badges available, food and beverage options and any screening arrangements in place at that fixture. The racecourses have produced a briefing document which outlines arrangements for owners under the tier system. Owners are also responsible for following the Owners' Code. There is an updated version of the Owner Protocols to reflect the new tier system, as well.

The Racecourse Owners Association (ROA), Racecourse Association (RCA) and British Horseracing Authority (BHA) are continuing to work with racecourses to ensure that the raceday is as enjoyable and rewarding as possible, as the tier system enables an easing of restrictions guarding against the coronavirus. Please note that Scotland and Wales are awaiting guidance on the return of spectators. For more information, go to

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