ATTENTION PARTICIPANTS - COVID-19 RACETRACK PROCEDURES

ATTENTION PARTICIPANTS - COVID-19 RACETRACK PROCEDURES

25/03/2020
GRNSW News

Please note the following procedures are a requirement of GRNSW and GWIC so that the conduct of race meetings can continue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On arrival at Track

Security/attendant has a list of trainers at the gate.

• Security/attendant record a ledger for each greyhound entering the track and who brings the greyhounds through the gate.

• Security/attendant once all greyhounds are through for kennelling to lock the gate and provide the list to stewards who will verify at race time.

• Security/attendant to let trainers out on departure no one to enter the track until at least 10 minutes after the last race for trials.

Pre-kennel sequence

All Stewards, kennel staff and vets to wash their hands and use hand sanitiser between each greyhound or wear gloves.

• Avoid touching your face at all times.

• Vet check (outside where practicable).

• ID (outside where practicable).

• Weigh in (outside where practicable).

• A designated club official will be responsible for taking the greyhound from the trainer/handler and presenting the greyhound to the vet/steward. As far as practicable the club official will keep 1.5m from the vet/steward. This official should not be within a vulnerable category, as specified by NSW Health.

• The trainer must be 2 metres away at all times witnessing this process.

• The greyhound will be returned to the trainer/handler, keeping 1.5m distance.

• Kennel allocated at race bay – new computerised ‘No Contact’ system.

• Greyhound placed in kennel.

• Trainer exits through back door.

Pre-race sequence

Greyhound trainers to wait 2 metres apart in kennelling walkway.

• Attendant calls kennel numbers furthest away to closest (like new boxing system).

• Trainer move directly to outdoor yard.

• Trainer to place rug on greyhound. Gloves to be worn by person providing rugs.

• ID takes place in yard, ID Stewards to approach greyhound from the front and maintain 1.5m distance, trainer to keep leash slack to allow distance.

• Those who do not require a stir to move inside.

• Trainers informed four (4) lines will be used to place greyhounds in the boxes.

• Starter calls the greyhounds one by one to move to the track keeping each trainer 2 metres – 4 metres apart.

• Starter moves all greyhounds to the back of the boxes one by one and in most cases to be moved through the exit gate to ensure space.

• Starter calls the trainers two (2) at a time for greyhounds to be placed in boxes until all are boxed and the green light is on.

Boxing Greyhounds to Race

Greyhounds are boxed in the following order:

* Box 1 and 5 together

* Box 3 and 7 together

* Box 2 and 6 together

* Box 4 and 8 together

• Trainers/handlers are to remain 1.5m from each other at all times.

Post-Race

Catching pen distance of 1.5m to be strictly maintained at all times, no ID in catching pen.

• Trainers remove rug upon exit at the track where an attendant who has gloves takes the rugs to be immediately placed in washer / dryer.

• Trainers wash greyhound keeping a 2 metre distance from each other, club attendant to monitor.

• If requested by a trainer, permission may be granted to leave the track after their greyhound has raced but waiting for at least 10 minutes for greyhounds to recover from race.

• If going back into the kennel, trainers place greyhounds / remove greyhounds from kennel block with an attendant to monitor and ensuring a strict minimum 1.5m distance.

• Designated club official to undertake decontamination of kennels and surrounding areas after each race.