British horseracing has been monitoring the development of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) and its potential implications for the racing industry.
The British Horseracing Authority has confirmed that all horseracing in Britain will be suspended with effect from Wednesday 18 March until the end of April.
The decision will be kept under constant review.
The formal decision was taken by Board of the British Horseracing Authority based on statements made by the government and after consultation with senior industry leaders. Medical Advisers to the RCA and the BHA, who have been advising an industry group on the response to the crisis, have also been consulted.
The BHA took the decision to protect essential emergency services and the health and welfare of staff working in the racing industry. Racecourses and racing have obligations to ensure the safety of participants and provide medical cover which clearly cannot be fulfilled in these circumstances. This follows the advice issued by government to combat the spread of the virus.
- Maintain social distancing
- Wash your hands often
- Stay at home