Owners - returning to the racecourse

Like other elite sport, racing continues to operate behind closed doors, with strict infection control measures in place to the risk of the virus being transmitted on course. Therefore, owners will be asked to follow the BHA’s COVID-19 requirements and the specific Owner Protocols.

Unless agreed otherwise with local authorities, from 29 March to 12 April, access to the racecourse will be limited to a maximum of two owners per horse, as was the case initially when owners returned in July 2020. Racecourses are not able to provide hospitality at this stage, due to government restrictions, but light refreshments will be available and there will be no time limit on how long owners are able to remain on course.

We aim to increase access to a maximum of six owners per horse from 12 April, following the further easing in government restrictions. At this point, racecourses will also be permitted to reintroduce outdoor hospitality.

Specific arrangements remain subject not only to government guidance, but also local authority decision-making and therefore conditions may vary according to racecourse area. Racecourse officials are currently liaising with their local authorities and will contact owners directly ahead of each fixture with further details of any local requirements.

As ever, pre-registration is essential, and owners will be emailed automatically with details of how to register once their horse is entered to run. Please also see the Racecourse Association’s guide for owners, which outlines important information on returning to the racecourse.

Racecourses in Wales are awaiting guidance on the return of owners, so please check with the racecourse in question as to the current arrangements.

We would also like to thank those owners who have attended behind closed doors fixtures and co-operated fully with the infection control measures in place. These are designed to keep everyone safe and protect racing from the risk of COVID-related disruption.

Thank you again for your support – and we look forward to seeing you back on the racecourse.

 

HOW TO RESERVE YOUR TICKETS WHEN YOU HAVE A RUNNER:

Prior to your horse being entered

Ensure your email address is up to date at Racing Admin and PASS websites.

Step 1: 

  • Upon entry of your horse a confirmation email will be sent by the racecourse outlining the PASS weblink to register the nominated names who will be attending the racecourse. In the case of horses owned by a racing syndicate or racing club, these emails will be sent to the syndicate manager or racing club manager.
  • Please check your spam / junk mail filter in case the email has gone into these areas.
  • For more information on how to use PASS or to set yourself up on the PASS system please visit: https://www.roa.co.uk/raceday/pass.html
  • The RCA have produced a number of "How To" videos which will guide you through the PASS process and website. These can be found here: https://racecourseassociation.co.uk/experiences/owners/

Step 2: 

  • Once your horse has been declared a further confirmation of declaration email will be sent by the course along with the PASS link https://www.rcapass.com/, providing another opportunity to register the nominated names who will be attending the racecourse. 
  • This email will be after 2pm on the day of declaration.        
  • For any PASS queries please contact the PASS helpdesk on 01933 270333 or by email pass@weatherbys.co.uk
  • Details on using the PASS system can also be found on our PASScard page: https://www.roa.co.uk/raceday/pass.html

Step 3: 

  • Owners will have until 4pm on the day before the race meeting to nominate the attendees names 
  • Please note badges will not be sent in advance and owners will receive wristbands/badges upon arrival at the racecourse.

Step 4

Before arrival, owners are asked to:

A) Complete a short online COVID-19 learning module: 

https://www.roa.co.uk/raceday/covid19/return/elearning.html

  • Please watch the videos, fill in the online form, and confirm that you have understood the information provided
  • If you have any problems with the learning, please contact: info@roa.co.uk, or call us on 01183 385680
  • You will receive a confirmation email when you have completed the learning, but you are not required to present this on arrival at the racecourse
  • This only needs to be completed once – before your first visit to the racecourse

B ) Assess your own health using the personal health assessment questions: 

https://www.roa.co.uk/raceday/covid19/return/health-questionnaire.html

  • Please do this before each visit to the racecourse, to help minimise the risk for you and other owners

C) Familiarise yourself with the guidance for owners attending a behind closed door race meeting below.

  • This is updated regularly and provides important information to help support you in preparing for and attending the racecourse, so please read this short document before each racecourse visit

Step 5:

  • Upon arrival at the racecourse owners will be asked a series of health questions and will be required to complete a temperature check.
  • You will also need to show photo ID to gain admittance. This could be driving licence, passport etc.

Step 6:

  • Once admitted owners will have a designated entrance to the racecourse, along with designated areas on course.

 

INDUSTRY GUIDES:

For all further information and access to the FAQ’s please see below:

Protocols - March 2021

 

Owner Protocols: Guide for owners attending an elite sporting competition

Published: June 2020 Last updated: March 2021

Section A: General guidance................................................................................................... 2

  1. Overview [UPDATED]...................................................................................................... 2
  2. Government guidance and local restrictions [UPDATED].................................................. 3
  3. Medical explanatory note – screening, social distancing, and face coverings [UPDATED] 3 4. Owners’ responsibilities......................................................................................................................... 4

Section B: Prior to arrival at the racecourse........................................................................... 4

  1. Registering to attend a race meeting [UPDATED]............................................................. 4
  2. Online COVID-19 learning module................................................................................... 5
  3. Personal health assessment [UPDATED]......................................................................... 6
  4. What to bring................................................................................................................... 6
  5. Travelling to the racecourse............................................................................................. 6

Section C: Arrival at the racecourse........................................................................................ 7

  1. Attendance list.............................................................................................................. 7
  2. Entry screening............................................................................................................ 7

Section D: On the racecourse.................................................................................................. 8

  1. The Amber Zones......................................................................................................... 8
  2. Briefing areas............................................................................................................... 8
  3. Food & Beverage [UPDATED]...................................................................................... 8
  4. Face coverings............................................................................................................. 8
  5. Betting facilities............................................................................................................. 9

Section E: Leaving the racecourse.......................................................................................... 9

  1. Departure process......................................................................................................... 9

 

 

 

Version

Date of revision

Details of amendments (by section)

Version 1

29 June

 

Version 2

2 July

1, 2 (a), 13, 16

Version 3

9 July

2 (b), 5, 6, 10

Version 4

28 July

1, 2 (b), 5, 7, 12, 15, 16, 18

Version 5

17 August

1, 5, 17

Version 6

11 September

1, 5, 12, 13, 17

Version 7

26 October

1, 2, 6, 13, 17

Version 8

3 December

1, 2 (a), 3, 4 (b), 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14

Version 9

20 December

1, 2 (a)

Version 10

29 December

1, 2 (a), 9

Version 11

22 March

1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 14

 

 

Section A: General guidance

    1. Overview [UPDATED]

This document outlines the protocols that must be followed by all owners attending race meetings held behind closed doors to help safeguard the health and wellbeing of all attendees. Where ‘owner’ is used throughout this document, it refers to both owners and their guests or representative.

To minimise risk for owners attending fixtures, and prioritise the safety and wellbeing of all attendees, the following measures will be in place until further notice:

 

  • Unless agreed otherwise with local health authorities, there will be a maximum of two owners (or representatives) per horse from 29 March. We aim to increase this (up to a maximum of six owners/representatives per horse) from 12 April.
  • Pre-registration by the agreed deadline is essential. This process will be administered by the RCA’s Privilege Access Swipe System (PASS) (or via direct contact for racecourses without PASS) and only confirmed attendees will be granted access to the racecourse. Owners will be emailed automatically with details of how to register once their horse is entered to run.
  • All owners attending a fixture are asked to sign up to the Owners’ Code and should complete the owner health screening process. This includes an online learning module and personally administered health assessment to be completed in advance of raceday followed by health questions and a temperature check on arrival at the racecourse.
  • All owners will be asked to provide their contact details to support NHS Test and Trace requirements and British racing’s contact tracing system.
  • Owners have access to the Amber Zone, which is physically separated from the ‘Green Zone’ used by raceday workers (trainers, stable staff, jockeys, officials, media etc.) by at least two metres. For infection control purposes, crossing between the zones is restricted to essential racecourse (e.g. medical) staff only Owners must remain in the Amber Zone, with designated briefing areas enabling owners to speak to trainers and jockeys.
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times, unless specific exemptions apply. Face coverings should be triple layered (in line with specifications set out here by the World Health Organisation) to provide maximum protection.
  • All racecourses remain subject to local authority clearance and if a racecourse is unable to accommodate owners, or has additional screening or capacity requirements, owners will be notified in advance.

 

All owners attending a race meeting must ensure that they have read and understood this document, together with the relevant sections of the British Horseracing Authority’s (BHA) Guidelines and Operating Procedures on COVID-19 for participants. Owners should also familiarise themselves with current government advice on COVID-19 (see 2, below).

This owner-specific document falls under the BHA guidelines and operating procedures. Unless otherwise stated below, the wider industry protocols take precedence.

This document will be updated periodically, in line with changes to government guidance.

  • For information on the return of owners, please visit the ROA website or contact the ROA directly on 01183 385680 or via: info@roa.co.uk. The ROA is contactable 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.
 
  • For specific questions about the RCA’s PASS please contact the PASS Helpdesk on 01933 270333 or via pass@weatherbys.co.uk. The PASS helpdesk is contactable 9am- 5pm Monday to Friday.

 

  • For more information on the arrangements for owners, the RCA Racecourse Guidance can be access here.

 

 

    1. Government guidance and local restrictions [UPDATED]

 

This document has been developed in line with the latest government guidance, and all owners must ensure they have read and are familiar with basic public health advice on COVID-19 before attending the racecourse.

Before registering for, or travelling to attend, a race meeting, owners should check the specific arrangements with each individual racecourse, together with the government restrictions in their local area, and follow the guidance provided. Owners should also satisfy themselves that their travel to, and attendance at, race meetings is legitimately linked to their business involvement in British racing.

Under current plans, these protocols will apply to meetings in England and Scotland from 29 March with an update provided on racecourses in Wales when available. Owners should, however, bear in mind that racecourses in Scotland and Wales are subject to separate government advice and owners should check with the racecourse as to the current arrangements.

All attendees at fixtures should follow government guidelines and racing’s protocols to protect their own safety and local communities. Government guidance in England, Scotland and Wales may vary at any time, so attendees should be aware of any differences.

All racecourses remain subject to local authority clearance and if a racecourse is unable to accommodate owners, or has additional screening requirements, you will be notified in advance. It may also be necessary to minimise the number of individuals on course to reduce risk of transmission and manage infection control.

 

 

    1. Medical explanatory note – screening, social distancing, and face coverings [UPDATED]

As part of British racing’s commitment to return safely in line with the government guidance outlined above, screening, developed in consultation with government and public health officials, to ensure owners can continue to access all racecourses are in place to safeguard their health and wellbeing.

Racing is a predominantly rural sport, which takes place in outdoor locations where the risk of virus transmission is recognised to be lower. It is also a non-contact sport, which enables social distancing at two metres to be delivered more consistently than other sports.

In the early stages of resumption, the number of attendees at the racecourse was kept to an absolute minimum, to mitigate risk even further. However, as the number of people on the racecourse increases, the ability to maintain social distancing is diminished and the likelihood of

 

 

attendees who are not trainers, stable staff or jockeys being from more urban areas where COVID-19 cases have been higher, is increased.

To reduce the potential of an interruption to racing because of a case of COVID-19 causing quarantine of racecourse contacts, the decision has been made to:

  • physically separate owners coming onto a racecourse from other raceday workers by using a zoning approach;
  • require all owners to undergo a health screening process, which comprises an online learning module and personal health assessment prior to raceday, and entry screening (health questions and temperature checks) on arrival at the racecourse;
  • require all owners to wear face coverings at all times while at the racecourse. This is an additional layer of protection, which must be followed alongside other infection control measures like social distancing and frequent handwashing (see 17 below).

 

    1. Owners’ responsibilities
  1. COVID-19 Rules

Owners should be aware the BHA has made a number of changes to the Rules of Racing to cover the new and revised protocols in place following resumption. All owners entering a racecourse should be aware of the COVID-19 specific requirements that sit within the Rules of Racing and which are outlined here.

Please also be aware that by attending a racecourse, owners acknowledge and agree that notwithstanding the risk mitigation strategies employed by the BHA and other industry bodies in accordance with Government guidance, it is impossible to eliminate all risk and there remains the potential for unintended transmission of COVID-19 between attendees.

All attendees must play their part in minimising the risk to themselves and others by complying with these guidelines, racecourse terms and conditions of entry, and the COVID-19 requirements as set out in the Rules of Racing.

 

 

  1. Owners’ Code

All owners attending any fixture will be asked to sign up to the Owners’ Code. The Code is for your safety and the safety of others and all owners must ensure they observe its terms while on the racecourse.

 

 

Section B: Prior to arrival at the racecourse

 

    1. Registering to attend a race meeting [UPDATED]

Unless agreed otherwise with local health authorities, there will be a maximum of two owners (or representatives) per horse. We aim to increase this up to a maximum of six owners (or representatives) per horse from 12 April.

Pre-registration by the agreed deadline is essential, and anyone not registered to attend will not be granted access.

Only owners with horses racing that day – either individually owned or through a syndicate – are permitted to attend. Owners may not pass their unused badges to owners without horses competing that day or to other racegoers. This is a breach of the current restriction imposed by the UK, Wales and Scottish governments on spectators attending all sport events behind closed doors (see Government guidance, above).

 

 

Owners planning to attend to watch their horse(s) run must register their attendance using the RCA’s Privilege Access Swipe System (PASS) – an existing system which manages the complimentary access into racecourses for owners.

This should be completed as early as possible in advance of the race meeting. The deadline to register to attend is 4pm the day before the fixture.

Once a horse is entered to run, registered owners will receive a confirmation email inviting them to register those who will be attending the race meeting.

To register your attendees, please log into PASS (https://www.rcapass.com/) and submit the names of the individuals who will attend the racecourse. As explained above, all names must be submitted by 4pm the day before the fixture. Changes after that time will not be possible.

  • Owners with a runner at Cheltenham, Kelso or Hexham will be contacted directly regarding their arrangements as these courses do not use PASS and badges cannot be requested through the system.

For the avoidance of doubt, for Syndicates and Racing Clubs, it will be the responsibility of the Syndicator/Club Manager to submit the names of those individuals attending the fixture. In all other instances it will be the responsibility of the owner, and any requests for badges by a third party (e.g. your trainer) will not be accepted.

Internationally based owners who are not registered in the UK, should contact the racecourse directly to register attendance. This should be completed 4pm the day before the fixture. For Racing Managers who require assistance registering attendance on behalf of owners please contact the PASS helpdesk.

Children can attend as one of the owners/representatives if pre-registered. All children attending will undergo the entry screening process as standard.

If you have reduced mobility or a disability of any kind and require additional assistance on raceday, please notify the racecourse directly once you have registered your attendance through PASS, and they will assist you further.

Please note that if a horse is declared a non-runner, the owner should not attend the fixture.

For assistance with the PASS system, please contact the PASS helpdesk on 01933 270333 or by email: pass@weatherbys.co.uk.

 

 

    1. Online COVID-19 learning module

To allow access to racecourses, all owners (and guests) attending a fixture should complete an owner-specific online COVID-19 learning module prior to raceday.

This will ensure owners have a baseline understanding of COVID-19, social distancing, and hand and respiratory hygiene, to help keep you and other safe on the racecourse.

The online learning can be accessed here. Please watch the videos and complete the online form, confirming that you have understood the information provided.

The online module only needs to be completed once (before your first racecourse attendance) and owners do not need to produce proof of completion on arrival at the racecourse.

For support, please contact the ROA on 01183 385680 or via: info@roa.co.uk. The ROA is contactable 9am-5pm Monday to Friday.

 

 

    1. Personal health assessment [UPDATED]

To minimise risk for yourself and others, we ask that all owners (and guests) attending a fixture assess their own heath ahead of attending

 

To do this, owners should ask themselves five questions:

  1. Are you in a vulnerable person category, as defined by NHS guidance?

If yes, please consider carefully whether you should attend a race-meeting. If you need further advice, please contact your GP.

  1. Do you have a fever, cough, and/or a loss of sense of smell or taste? These are symptoms of COVID-19 infection.

If yes, you cannot attend a racecourse until you have contacted NHS 111 and completed any testing or quarantine period.

  1. Have you had a positive COVID-19 test or been contacted by NHS Test and Trace within the last 10 days and advised to self-isolate?

If yes, you cannot attend a racecourse until you have contacted NHS 111 and completed any testing or quarantine period.

  1. Have you travelled from a country not on the UK Government exempt list in the last 10 days?

If yes, you cannot attend a racecourse until you have either completed quarantine from the date of your return to the UK or have received a negative test result under Test to Release, unless in a specified exempt job.

  1. In the past 10 days have you had contact with any laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 patients when you were NOT wearing the appropriate PPE or in the past 10 days have any of your close contacts (household or workplace) had symptoms of COVID- 19 and/or tested positive for COVID-19?

If yes, you cannot attend a racecourse until you have contacted NHS 111 and completed any testing or quarantine period.

Owners are not required to submit their responses but must answer the questions truthfully and stay away from all racecourses if required.

 

 

    1. What to bring

Please make sure you arrive at the racecourse with your:

  • A face covering (See 15 below)
  • Photographic ID (a copy on your phone is acceptable) – you will require this to gain entry to the racecourse.
  • Your RCA PASS card - if you have been allocated one as a registered owner. You may also wish to consider bringing your own alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

 

    1. Travelling to the racecourse

Owners attending fixtures should travel to, and arrive at, the racecourse alone or in household bubbles and follow government guidance. If, on arrival, one person does not pass the any screening checks, everyone in the vehicle will be requested to leave the site. This is to help protect the health and wellbeing of other raceday attendees.

 

 

We also ask that owners and trainers do not travel to the racecourse in the same vehicle, as they will be entering different infection control zones on arrival at the racecourse. We know that the more interactions between different people from different households (and particularly from different areas of the country), the greater the risk of transmitting the virus.

By travelling separately, owners and trainers can reduce the risk of infection in their respective racecourse zones.

 

Section C: Arrival at the racecourse

 

    1. Attendance list

Only owners who have registered their attendance using the RCA’s PASS should travel to the racecourse. The deadline to register to attend is 4pm the day before the fixture.

Owners who are not registered to attend will not be granted access to the racecourse and should not attend the fixture. If a horse is declared a non-runner the attached owners should also not attend the fixture.

Please note that all owners badge schemes are suspended at present and all attendees must be attached to a runner.

 

 

    1. Entry screening

Owners are asked to make their way to the Amber Zone entrance, which will be clearly signposted. This will be staffed from one hour before the first race, unless advised otherwise by the individual racecourse, so no entry will be permitted before this time.

On arrival, all owners will be asked to provide photo ID as proof of identity before answering three further questions about their current health. This will be followed by a temperature check. Your temperature will be taken twice in quick succession. If on both occasions this temperature exceeds 37.8°C, owners will not be granted access to the racecourse and will be advised to travel home.

Any individual that fails the on-course screening will be required to either:

  • provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test, which can be booked on the NHS website.
  • or complete a minimum of 10 days of isolation depending on advice received from NHS Test and Trace before re-admittance to a racecourse.

Owners are reminded that if any member of the same vehicle fails to clear the entry screening process all those travelling together will be denied entry onto the racecourse. Individuals will be re-admitted to the racecourse once the individual with the raised temperature has either had a negative test or if positive all contacts have followed the advice received from NHS Test and Trace.

On successful completion of the entry screening process, owners will be able to gain access to the racecourse and will be provided appropriate accreditation.

All owners and their guests will be asked to provide their contact details on arrival at the racecourse, to support NHS Test and Trace requirements and British racing’s reporting and contact tracing system.

For more information about the PASS data protection policy and how your information will be managed, please visit https://www.rcapass.com

 

 

Section D: On the racecourse

 

    1. The Amber Zones

To mitigate the risk of the transmitting COVID-19, owners on course will have access to a dedicated Amber Zone, which will be separated from raceday workers (trainers, stable staff, jockeys, officials, media etc.). For infection control purposes, crossing between the zones is restricted to essential racecourse (e.g. medical) staff only.

The Amber Zones may consist of both outside and indoor space and will include access to toilets. It will not allow access to the parade ring, the Winners’ Enclosure, or winning connections.

At all points on the racecourse, irrespective of whether inside or outside, owners should ensure they adhere to government guidance and strict social distancing measures.

 

 

    1. Briefing areas

Where possible, racecourses have established briefing areas, where owners will have the opportunity to speak to their trainers and / or jockeys before and after the race, while continuing to maintain social distancing and adhering to other infection control measures. Briefing areas will not be accessible to spectators.

Provision may vary depending on the racecourse, and owners will be advised as to how the briefing area will operate on arrival at the fixture.

 

 

    1. Food & Beverage [UPDATED]

Racecourses will not be able to provide hospitality until 12 April at the earliest, in line with the government restrictions in relation to hospitality settings, including restaurants, cafes and bars.

 

 

    1. Face coverings

Face coverings (i.e. “non-medical” face coverings) should be worn at all times, other than when specific exemptions apply (see below).

The mandatory use of face coverings adds an additional layer of protection for everyone on the racecourse – further reducing the risk of transmitting COVID-19. Used alongside other essential measures like frequent handwashing and strict social distancing, face coverings can help racing reduce our risk of transmission and safeguard our industry from the virus.

All face coverings should be triple layered (in line with specifications set out here by the World Health Organisation) to provide maximum protection.

Face coverings should be worn in all indoor and outdoor areas of the Amber Zone, from the point of arrival at the racecourse and throughout the day until departure, apart from where specific exemptions apply.

When you don’t need to wear a face covering

For most people, face coverings can be worn throughout the day and only removed in certain scenarios. Situations where face coverings do not need to be worn include:

  • Eating or drinking
  • Taking medication
  • If asked to remove your face covering for ID checks or to receive medical treatment
 

 

There may also be circumstances where attendees are not able to wear a face covering and are exempt from doing so e.g. due to physical or mental health reasons or disability.

    1. Betting facilities

Where permitted, owners will have access to betting facilities at racecourses, via both pool operators and on course bookmakers. Owners are asked to bet with a debit card where possible.

 

 

Section E: Leaving the racecourse

 

    1. Departure process

Most racecourses will have one-way systems in place, so owners can return to their vehicle without crossing paths with others and hand hygiene stations will be provided on exit.

Upon leaving the racecourse, accreditation (such as owners’ badges) for the raceday should be removed by the owner and disposed of by racecourse staff.

Owner Code

Owners Code 

 

For your safety and the safety of others, please make sure to observe the following whilst at our Racecourse:

• Where possible, please travel to the racecourse in private transport.

• Observe all 2m social distancing protocols at all times, whether inside or outside the racecourse.

• Face coverings MUST be worn, at all times whether inside or outside, except when eating or drinking.

• Please comply with any health checks that may be required on entering the racecourse.

• Be aware, your temperature may be taken on entry.

• Some racecourses may choose to operate a cashless event. On-course bookmakers/pool betting operators may accept cash.

• Please use only the designated smoking areas on-course for cigarettes and e-cigarettes. 

• Regularly wash your hands, use hand sanitizer and avoid touching your face and dispose of any used tissues appropriately.

• Do not remove hand sanitizer or other personal hygiene products from their locations.

• Do not congregate in specific areas of the racecourse (for example, along the rail or by the Winning Post).

• Make sure all walkways, corridors and doorways etc are clear before you walk through.

• Avoid face to face contact with other spectators and avoid hugs, high fives and any contact with people not in your social bubble.

• Follow all signage and the instructions of staff, officials or any emergency service personnel present at the racecourse.

• Do not try to access areas of the racecourse apart the area detailed on your ticket.

• Make sure other members of your group have read and understood these guidelines also.

Thank you so much for your support and co-operation.  Stay alert and stay safe!

Recent Questions from Members

YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED


With spectators now on course this has prompted some new queries from members. We endeavour to answer your questions here, however if you have any further queries please call 01183 385680 or email info@roa.co.uk
 
Do I have to book in advance?
Yes – whether you are attending the races as an owner with a runner or as a spectator, everyone is required to book in advance for NHS Test and Trace purposes.

  • Owners with a runner should do so via the PASS system – rcapass.com or by calling the PASS helpdesk on 01933 270333. This must be done by 4pm the day before the race.
  • If you do not have a runner at the fixture, but intend to attend as a spectator, please book via the racecourse, either online or by calling the racecourse directly

I live in a Tier 3 area – can I go racing?
If you are going as an owner with a runner you can attend Tier 1, 2 and 3 racecourses. Owners from Tier 3 areas will be able attend fixtures on the basis that they are travelling for purposes of their business involvement in British racing. 
If you do not have a runner you cannot visit Tier 1 and 2 racecourses.
 
Do I still need to undertake the COVID eLearning module?
Yes if attending as an owner with a runner at a Tier 3 racecourse. This can be found here: https://www.roa.co.uk/raceday/covid19/return/elearning.html
We also strongly encourage owners attending racecourses in Tiers 1 and 2 to complete the learning module, as this will ensure access to all courses across all three tiers.
The module only needs to be completed once, before your first racecourse visit.

What do I need to bring with me on raceday?
Please make sure you arrive at the racecourse with:

  • A face covering which must be worn at all times on course. More information here.
  • Photographic ID (a copy on your phone is acceptable) – you will require this to gain entry to the racecourse.
  • Your RCA PASScard - if you have been allocated one as a registered owner.
  • You may also wish to consider bringing your own alcohol-based hand sanitiser.

Can I get travel to the races with other people?
You must only travel with people who are within your support bubble, household or on your own. You must not socialise with anyone you do not live with or who is not in your support bubble when indoors.
If any member of the same vehicle fails to clear the entry screening process all those travelling together will be denied entry onto the racecourse.
 
Does the rule of six apply on the racecourse?
Yes. Owners must adhere to the “rule of six”, and all other relevant government guidance, at all racecourses and must not socialise with anyone they do not live with or who is not within their support bubble when indoors.
 
Will I be able to eat and get a drink on course?
In most cases, yes a limited range of food and drink will be available on the racecourse. However, please ensure when booking in advance and also on the day you keep within your bubble and do not share tables with anyone outside your bubble. You also need to keep within the “rule of six”.
 
Can I access the Paddock?
Unfortunately, not. The green zone is still restricted to raceday staff only and owners must adhere to the strict guidelines by keeping within the Amber/Owner Zone.
Debrief areas continue to be available within the Amber/Owner Zone to speak with your Trainer and Jockey after the race. 

If you need assistance in using or setting up your PASS access online, please contact the PASS helpdesk on 01933 270333 or via pass@weatherbys.co.uk.

For further information on the return of owners to racecourses, please contact the ROA on 01183 385680 or via: info@roa.co.uk

It is encouraging to see so many of you taking the opportunity to go to the races under these protocols and we encourage you to get in contact at info@roa.co.uk with any suggestions as to how racecourses might be able to improve the owner experience.

 

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