Greyhound Racing NSW has received new public health orders from the NSW Government that affect protocols for participants and workers seeking entry into NSW greyhound tracks.
Please be advised that under direction from NSW Government, the following protocols are to be followed until further notice:
· Unvaccinated individuals, including participants and workers, will not be permitted to attend any NSW greyhound racetracks.
· All individuals, including participants and workers, aged 16 and over who reside in Greater Sydney (which includes the Blue Mountains, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Central Coast) must have proof of both vaccinations to attend any NSW greyhound track.
· All participants and workers aged 16 and over who reside in regional areas of NSW will need to show proof of at least one vaccination, with a second vaccination required prior to 1 November 2021 to attend any NSW greyhound track.
· The only exception will be for participants and workers who have a medical exemption.
For those participants with greyhounds already drawn in race meetings over the coming days, who under the health orders cannot attend those meetings, they must either find a licensed person eligible to attend, to take their greyhound to the meeting, or scratch the greyhound from the meeting.
Today’s announcement comes after GRNSW some months ago undertook a lengthy exercise to consult with as many participants and Government stakeholders as possible and develop its COVID safety plan.
GRNSW were industry leaders in developing a plan that would suit the needs of the Government and still allow all participants to continue greyhound racing activities at our tracks.
Although the industry has been running throughout the pandemic with no greyhound track in NSW ever having been a venue which has had a positive case, the NSW Government has made the decision to significantly alter the way in which greyhound tracks are treated under COVID-19 Health Orders.
GRNSW is making all efforts to advocate that the health order can afford NSW greyhound participants and workers the same respect that has been provided to other industries that have had an effective mandate placed on them. Participants and workers will be updated in due course.