GRNSW & GWIC COVID-19 PROTOCOLS (Updated July 29)

GRNSW & GWIC COVID-19 PROTOCOLS (Updated July 29)

15/07/2021
GRNSW News

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Greyhound Racing NSW and the Greyhound Welfare and Integrity Commission is acting to ensure that the industry is safe, and that we can operate safely and efficiently within the requirements of the COVID-19 Health Orders. We remain agile to changed government requirements, and we will amend our protocols as and when required.

We are doing this in consultation with government and the cooperation of clubs and participants.

We seek to ensure that the industry can continue to operate safely, whilst ensuring the commercial viability of the whole NSW greyhound industry.

In consultation with GRNSW, GWIC and GBOTA, we have cancelled all race meetings at Wentworth Park until further notice. We have taken that step because we want to provide no necessity for participants, officials and other staff to travel into inner Sydney. We have scheduled race meetings in other locations, with increased prizemoney, to maintain earnings for participants.

Greater Sydney Area Restrictions

Greater Sydney Area comprise all of these Local Government Areas: Bayside; Blacktown City; Blue Mountains City; Burwood; Camden; Campbelltown City; Canada Bay City; Canterbury-Bankstown; Central Coast; Cumberland; Fairfield City; Georges River; Gosford; Hawkesbury City; Hornsby Shire; Hunter’s Hill Municipality; Inner West; Ku-ring-gai; Lane Cove Municipality; Liverpool City; Mosman Municipality; North Sydney; Northern Beaches; Parramatta City; Penrith City; Randwick City; Ryde City; Shellharbour City; Strathfield Municipality; Sutherland Shire; Sydney City; The Hills Shire; Waverley; Willoughby City; Wollondilly Shire; Wollongong City; Woollahra City.

If you reside in Greater Sydney Area, we will not accept any nominations from trainers/owners from Zone 1 to attend race meetings outside Greater Sydney Area.

UPDATED PROTOCOLS FOR PARTICIPANTS IN FAIRFIELD, LIVERPOOL, CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN, BLACKTOWN, CUMBERLAND, PARRAMATTA, GEORGES RIVER and CAMPBELLTOWN  LGAs (Updated July 29):

RACING:

1.      ALL Participants domiciled in the Cumberland, Liverpool, Blacktown, Canterbury-Bankstown and Fairfield LGA’s can nominate their greyhounds for any race meeting in the Greater Sydney Region (Zone 1) on the proviso that they are transported to the track by an approved transport company in compliance with NSW Health Orders.

2.      No participant from within the five LGA’s is permitted to attend ANY race meetings.

3.      A participant who has a greyhound engaged at a race meeting and is located within the five LGA’s must have a GWIC registered participant in attendance at said race meeting to facilitate the kennelling and racing of the greyhound and then return to approved transporter. This participant must reside outside of the five LGA’s.

4.      The participant in charge of the greyhounds at the race meeting must have the appropriate form for care and custody. GWIC has a process in place to ensure this.

5.      An approved transport company will pick up the greyhounds from the trainer’s premises. This will be done in accordance with the current protocols. The pick-up schedule will be formulated once fields are drawn.

6.      The approved transport company will drop off greyhounds to trainers premises when racing is complete, again in accordance with the current protocols.

7.    As these updated protocols will now give all participants in the five LGAs - both fulltime and hobbyists - the opportunity to race their greyhounds, compensation payments to those previously unable to race, will now cease.

For the full list of protocols which apply to trainers that have approval to use an Authorised Worker to trasnport greyhoudns for racing prurpose, click here.

To access a Greyhound Transportation Notification from, click here.

TRIALLING

1.     Under the NSW Health orders and based on animal welfare grounds, participants domiciled ONLY in the five LGA’s (Cumberland, Liverpool, Canterbury Bankstown, Blacktown and Fairfield) will be able to trial their greyhounds at the Potts Park facility only.

2.       The trialling will be conducted under the following strict rules:

(a)    Dedicated sessions

(b)    Masks are mandatory

(c)     QR is code mandatory  

(d)    One participant at a time and no assistants unless from the same household and they must travel together. No car-pooling for people who are not from the same household.

(e)    Participants can only travel directly to the venue and then directly home. No stopping on the trip, either way.

3.   GRNSW will provide further details of times and dates for trialling as soon as these are locked in.

GRNSW and GWIC are continuing to monitor the situation in the locked down LGAs in the Central West of Cabonne, Orange and Blayney, and will provide further advice for participants as the situation evolves this week.

All participants, particularly those in the Greater Sydney Area, are requested to limit their movements during the lockdown period to avoid being exposed to COVID-19 and risking the industry. The vigilance of NSW greyhound participants will help us to stop the COVID-19 virus from infiltrating the greyhound racing industry.

You can help the industry and your family by regularly checking the list of exposure sites at this link: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/nsw-covid-19-case-locations

Racing Protocols

  1. All NSW Health Orders are to be strictly complied with.
  2. Exercise caution and good judgement. Wash hands, wear a good quality facemask, limit travel, limit exposure to fellow participants and officials at tracks. Try not to stop on your journey.
  3. Only essential personnel are to attend race meetings. Do not turn up to race meetings with any non-essential people, as they will be turned away at the gate.
  4. No travel from Greater Sydney to Regional Areas for any greyhound racing or trialling purposes.
  5. No travel from Regional Areas to Greater Sydney for any greyhound racing or trialling purposes.
  6. Proper face masks (not mere cloth ones) are to be worn by all persons everywhere at all NSW greyhound racetracks across NSW.
  7. Temperature testing in Greater Sydney of all attendees at racecourses is mandatory.
  8. Any participant that resides in a Regional Area but attends or has attended the Greater Sydney Area on or after 21 June 2021 are subject to NSW Health Stay at Home orders. If you fall into that category, you obviously must not attend a racecourse, trial track or any greyhound facility other than your own.
  9. All participants and essential personnel are required to use QR codes at every racecourse and venue. If you do not check in voluntarily, you will be turned away.
  10. Do not attend a racetrack, club, trial track, other participant’s place or any other greyhound-related place if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 at all, such as fever, cough or tiredness. Instead, get tested and self-isolate until you get a negative result.
  11. Any participant that returns a positive COVID test please immediately report the result to Greyhound Racing NSW.
  12. The one person per four square metres applied to all indoor and outdoor settings.

We are confident that the industry’s actions last year prove our ability to run a safe and totally compliant operation, whilst preserving the livelihood of participants and the commerciality of the industry. I ask for all of you help in ensuring that is the case.

We thank you for your support in doing all that is necessary to keep our industry operating.

Safe racing!

Tony Mestrov and Steve Griffin

CEO GRNSW and CEO GWIC