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Spectators back at Murray Bridge on Wednesday

Spectators have the chance to get ‘back to the races’ at Murray Bridge this Wednesday.

Under the latest coronavirus restrictions, the Gifford Hill-based Murray Bridge race track can cater for 174 member of the general public. To date, around 50 of those positions for this week’s meeting have been taken up by members and owners, meaning more than 100 spots are still available.

Anyone interested in attending Wednesday’s meeting, which starts at 12.10pm and features an eight-race card, should phone the Murray Bridge Racing Club to book a spot (8532 2310) and to be briefed about the on-course restrictions.

As racegoers gradually return to tracks statewide, essential staff required to conduct race days will continue to be temperature checked – at the cost of Thoroughbred Racing South Australia (TRSA) – but spectators will not require temperature testing.

TRSA chief executive officer Nick Redin said spectators would need to pre-book and prepay for their tickets with the club concerned and will need to provide their details – including full name and a phone number – to the club on booking so TRSA can act quickly with any tracing requirements if required.

“Spectators will only be allowed in the room they are booked into for their packages and will not be allowed into any official racing areas – and this includes mounting yards and the race-day horse stalls areas,” Mr Redin said.

“We have to keep segregated the people essential to put on the racing from those attending from a hospitality perspective and are asking patrons to respect this if they are on course.”

In accordance with the current direction in place, all food and drink must be consumed while seated. The trainers’ bars will remain closed and will not re-open until the official directions allow drinks to be consumed while standing.

Clubs will be in charge of ensuring patrons remain in their designated areas and stay within these areas, away from any official racing area. Clubs will also be responsible for ensuring patrons remain seated while drinking and provide their details for tracing protocols.

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