Monday, 16 March 2020 17:18

COVID-19 Update - Horse Racing Alberta Statement

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Horse Racing Alberta (HRA) is responsible for protecting the health, safety and well being of our fans, employees, racing officials, racing participants and horse people. Amid the ongoing growing concerns about COVID-19 we are providing the following update in recognition of this commitment.

An industry Working Group, comprised of Alberta horsemen associations, racetrack operators and HRA officials are conducting meetings and monitoring this situation daily as COVID-19 evolves. We take the evolving nature of this virus very seriously.

The Alberta horse racing and breeding industry has also implemented enhanced cleaning protocols at all facilities. These measures include increased cleaning throughout its complexes, enhanced sanitization and a focus on all high use areas.

A very thorough screening process for all licensed racing participants entering the backstretch is in place. Racehorse training is continuing at Century Downs (Balzac) and Century Mile (Leduc), however this will be monitored daily and developing circumstances may cause this to change. Training is scheduled to begin at Rocky Mountain Turf Club (Lethbridge) on March 25th, 2020.

We continue to follow the recommendations of Canada’s Public Health Agency and Alberta Health Services. We urge anyone to stay home if you are feeling ill and if you have any symptoms please call Alberta Health Link 811. You can keep informed through Alberta Health Services at www.albertahealthservices.ca

Our industry will continue to monitor and adopt COVID-19 recommendations in order to protect the health, safety, and well being of everyone.

To date, no racing events have been cancelled and we are proceeding with live racing with these precautionary measures in place. However, we ask that you take note this could change at any time. Please continue to monitor the HRA website www.thehorses.com and our social media platforms for further information. As this situation continues to develop, we will be sure to update you with any pertinent information.

We thank everyone in the industry for their dedication, hard work and understanding during this difficult time.

The Alberta Horse Racing and Breeding Industry… employing Albertans, contributing to the economy, caring for our horses.

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