'Rule of six' applied to Owner Zones on British racecourses

14 September 2020

‘Rule of six’ applied to Owner Zones on British racecourses

From Monday 14 September, owners attending British race meetings will be asked to gather in groups of no more than six people, following changes to government coronavirus requirements.

The ‘rule of six’ will apply to all indoor and outdoor areas of the Owner Zone. Where owners / syndicates with multiple runners are offered more than six badges for the raceday, they will need to ensure that they remain in groups of no more than six people.

To further reduce the risk of transmitting the virus, owners and guests should continue to observe social distancing guidelines and wear face coverings on arrival at the racecourse and when indoors (if not eating or drinking).

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

The updated guidelines will be supported by effective on-course stewarding and signage, which will help ensure that attendees understand and adhere to the requirements.

We understand that the Rule of Six may mean that owners and their guests cannot all gather together, but we must ensure that British racing continues to comply with government guidance and takes every necessary precaution to help keep everyone safe. This is essential to maintaining government support for our current approach.

At the same time, we will continue to work with industry colleagues to ensure that the owner experience on raceday is as enjoyable and rewarding as possible within the current Government guidance, with racecourses continually refining and improving provision and sharing best practice to deliver greater consistency. 

Read more about the owner experience and what owners and guests can expect when attending race meetings behind closed doors.

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