Update from the GRNZ team re Covid-19

This is the first of what will be regular briefings to ensure information is passed on to our stakeholders and participants in a timely fashion over the coming weeks. 

We are currently navigating largely uncharted waters as the country works to contain the spread of COVID-19. Accordingly, as of last Wednesday we introduced emergency regulations around the manner in which our race meetings would be conducted.

Throughout this event we have been working closely with the Thoroughbred and  Harness codes, along with TAB, and all were united in their decision to run closed door meetings.  

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has done their part to allow our race meetings to continue under what have been unusual circumstances.  The fact that so many of our people have immediately recognised the seriousness of the situation and adapted to help protect the future of our industry is greatly appreciated.

Following yesterday’s announcement by the Prime Minister regarding the introduction of a four-tier alert level GRNZ has been working with the other codes to see just how this might look for our industry. 

Tomorrow we will be  liaising with our fellow codes and the TAB, we are also monitoring advice from the government and factoring this into our decisions.

At this stage the regulations which are in place are allowing us to keep our industry working, however please be aware that we may have to introduce further changes over the coming days.  We ask for your patience, cooperation and understanding that any new regulations introduced will be brought in to ensure the continuation of racing.

The country is presently at Level Two and this includes the following advice:

  • Further restrictions on mass gatherings

  • Limit non-essential travel around New Zealand

  • Employers start alternative ways of working (shifts; working from home; physical distancing etc)

  • High risk people to remain at home (those over 70 or with other existing medical conditions)

From Greyhound's  perspective we have already implemented a travel ban on staff and have put in place the ability for our staff to work from home.   Accordingly we would ask stakeholders to, as much as possible, communicate via email during this time.

There are aspects of this alert level which may impact further on the way we continue to conduct our race meetings and these, along with the possible ramifications should we move to Level 3 or higher, will be advised to stakeholders as soon as they are determined. 

For now we thank owners for recognising the need to limit race day attendance to necessary personnel only; trainers and their staff for monitoring their own health and isolating themselves where and when needed; licenced persons  for being aware of their health and practising social distancing on and off course; and all industry participants for their on-going patience in trying times.

We realise that these are very anxious and uncertain times for everyone and encourage you to continue to take time to look after yourselves and your fellow industry participants.  Calmness, patience and care at the moment will go a long way.

The GRNZ Team


Posted on 22 March 2020

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