25 March 2020
In light of the government’s announcement that the country will move to COVID-19 alert level 4 at midnight tonight (25 March) only “essential services” are permitted to operate. Our advice from the Ministry for Primary Industries confirms that training centres, training stables, agistment properties and stud farms where horses are in containment are businesses that may register as an essential service under animal welfare considerations. Businesses with more than five people (including the owner) working at each business site, or who cannot achieve social distancing between staff, are required to register. The criteria and registration form can be found here. The businesses will need to answer 11 questions to provide assurance they have a plan and process to manage infection risks. Much of this will be covered in the NZTR protocols which will be distributed later today. In addition to this NZTR, the NZ Trainers’ Association and the NZ Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association will be providing a template to assist with completing the paperwork in a further communication later today. MPI has requested that all businesses which need to register do so by 5pm on Friday, 27 March 2020. Businesses will be able to continue operating while going through the registration process.
The Wanganui Jockey Club will remain available for track work and training only on a reduced scale. See following memorandum from NZTR for details.
You MUST complete the registration form in the link below, which directly goes to MPI in order to use the facilities by Friday or you will NOT be able to access the course.
Please note due to minimum staffing Trackwork will proceed under the following restrictions:
- Available tracks will be number 3, number 4, the middle and the plough ONLY.
- Which means number 1, number 2 and course proper are CLOSED.
- During this time there will be no water applied to the plough.
- Two metre distancing must apply at all times.
- If you have cold/flu like symptoms stay home!
If you have any questions please call Craig Osman on 021 234 8576