BHA statement regarding Government roadmap announcement

05 Jul 2021 BHA Features Financial/Political

In response to today’s announcement which confirms the plans to move to Stage 4 of the Government’s coronavirus roadmap, BHA Chair Annamarie Phelps has issued the following comment:

“We are delighted to hear the Prime Minister’s announcement today. Monday 19th July will be a significant day for all sports, and very much so for British racing. This news comes as a huge boost to an industry which relies so heavily on its nearly six million racegoing fans each year. A day at the races with the wonderful atmosphere generated by our racegoers is an experience unlike any other. Everyone involved in our sport has been looking forward to this news for the last thirteen months, and worked tirelessly and with great patience to safely keep the show on the road in this time.

“While racing is perfectly suited to spectators enjoying a sporting experience in a safe environment, it may remain the case that some protocols around the operation of sporting events for participants and officials remain in place in order to protect sports from the potential impact of positive cases and close contact self-isolation requirements, and permit international competitors. We are currently working with our industry colleagues to consider how this might apply to racing and how our racedays will therefore operate from 19 July onwards, and we await further clarity from Government. We also look forward to spectators being permitted to return to sporting events in Scotland and Wales in greater numbers in due course, and continue to engage proactively with the Devolved Administrations on this issue.”