ALL meetings in Victoria have been suspended indefinitely as tests are conducted on participants who may have been exposed to the Coronavirus.
Numerous Victorians travelled to New South Wales last week to contest various heats of the Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival.
Since then it has been revealed an the official who worked at the Penrith harness racing meeting last Thursday has tested positive to COVID-19.
Given the prospect of that person being contact with another individual, who would have then been in contact with a different person and so on, Harness Racing Victoria needs to be satisfied no trace contact has occurred with Victorians.
As such HRV has made the tough decision to cancel racing until those participants have been given the ‘all clear’.
“HRNSW has informed us today of the official’s positive test result for COVID-19,” HRV chief executive Dayle Brown said.
“We’ve been prudent and cautious to protect the health and wellbeing of our participants from the start.
“We suspended our race meeting yesterday as soon as we were informed that a New South Wales official had come into contact with a COVID-19 case. We don’t make those decisions lightly, but health is paramount.
“We have today suspended racing indefinitely as a precautionary measure and we’ll be advised by the Chief Health Officer as we work on the next steps.
“Victorian participants attended the Bathurst harness racing meeting on Friday March 20 and we are working to find out if there has been any subsequent contact between at-risk individuals and those people.
“We’re committed to advising industry participants of updates as soon as possible but for now racing in Victoria is suspended.”