Is Horse Racing cancelled? Will Horse Racing continue in lockdown?

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Britain is once more under lockdown restrictions, following a spike in cases of coronavirus in recent weeks. This means a drastic change to daily life, with a stay at home order in place and non-essential businesses closed. Schools and colleges are also closed with online learning taking place, and only nurseries are permitted to stay open.

Britons are only allowed to leave home for essential reasons such as buying groceries, caring for someone, attending work or for one portion of exercise per day.

The third lockdown in less than a year is due to a new strain of Covid-19 which is up to 70 percent more transmissible.

Announcing the lockdown on Monday Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned the number of Covid-19 patients in English hospitals is 40 percent higher than the first peak.

Announcing a third national lockdown last night, Mr Johnson said: “We now have a new variant of the virus and it has been both frustrating and alarming to see the speed with which it is spreading.

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“We need to do more, together, to bring this new variant under control.”

He later said: “As I speak to you tonight, our hospitals are under more pressure from Covid than at any time since the start of the pandemic.

“The weeks ahead will be the hardest yet but I really do believe that we’re entering the last phase of the struggle, because with every jab that goes into our arms we’re tilting the odds against Covid and in favour of the British people.”

But what does this mean for horse racing?

Is Horse Racing cancelled? Will Horse Racing continue in lockdown?

Under the lockdown rules, outdoor gyms and golf courses must close, and team sports are not permitted.

However, the Government has said elite sport can continue.

Premier League and other elite sports which already have strict testing regimes and their own bubbles are allowed to continue.

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Previously horse racing had taken place behind closed doors, with no one able to attend except for those involved in the race.

The first national lockdown in March ruled all professional sport should be suspended.

Racing was then able to resume on June 1 behind closed doors and with strict covid-safe restrictions.

Only essential personnel are permitted to attend race fixtures.

Now the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) confirmed this will continue.

A statement from the BHA read: “Following this evening’s broadcast, we can confirm racing will continue behind closed doors during the upcoming national lockdown.

“Attendance will be limited to those essential to the staging of fixtures and strict adherence to British racing’s Covid-19 protocols will continue to be required for all who attend.”

The next race is at 12.40pm today at Lingfield Park, followed by another at Wolverhampton at 4.10pm.

And the same is true of Scottish racing, with a return to Covid restrictions for future races.

A tweet from Scottish Racing read: “Following today’s announcement that Scotland is to re-enter full Covid restrictions, @ScotGov has confirmed that racing in Scotland can continue behind closed doors.

“Only individuals essential to staging the fixtures should attend race meetings and are required to continue to follow the strict protocols already in place.

“Unfortunately, no owners will be permitted to attend a racecourse until further notice.”

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