Mon. Aug 15th, 2022

On Sunday, the Victorian government announced that crowds of 10,000 fully vaccinated people would be allowed to take part in the Melbourne Cup.

Here is everything you need to know about who can participate.

How many people will be able to take part in this year’s Melbourne Cup?
The state government has announced that up to 10,000 people will be allowed to attend Flemington on the first Tuesday in November, even though Victoria has not reached the 80 percent double vaccination threshold. Race Day is part of the state’s “vaccinated economy” trial.

An amount of up to 10,000 will be allowed at the Melbourne Cup this year.

An amount of up to 10,000 will be allowed at the Melbourne Cup this year.Credit:Getty

Will there be any crowds on Derby Day (October 30), Oaks Day (November 4) or Stakes Day (November 6)?
There will certainly be no crowds on Derby Day, the first day of Cup week. Whether there are crowds of up to 10,000 on Oaks Day and Stakes Day will depend on whether Victoria reaches a vaccination rate of 80 per cent by 4 November. The state is currently tipped to reach this figure by November 5th.

I’m a member of VRC. Can I get a ticket for Cup Day?
VRC members are set to have priority access to tickets on Melbourne Cup Day. Of the 10,000 people allowed to enter Flemington, it is likely that most of them will only be members. VRC has over 30,000 members and the club will look to accommodate as many of them as possible.

How do I get a ticket? Will it be a voting system? Or can members go to Cup Day, Oaks day and Stakes day?
It is possible that members may attend more than one of the three days. It had been marked that in order to cater for all 30,000 VRC members, they may have to pick or choose which day they want to attend. But VRC CEO Steve Rosich said Sunday that it was more likely it would be a ticket system for sale to members rather than a voting system. Details still need to be finalized.

What if I am not a member?
There are probably limited – if any – tickets available to the public on Melbourne Cup Day, but VRC chairman Neil Wilson did not rule out the possibility when asked on Sunday. The club is still finalizing its plans and how the 10,000 can be shared.

Should I live within 25 miles of Flemington?
If Victoria has not reached the 80 per cent double vaccination threshold by Melbourne Cup Day, only those living within 25 kilometers of the racetrack will be allowed to take part. For Oaks Day and Effort Day, if Victoria reached the 80 percent threshold, the 25-mile radius does not apply. The state is currently tipped to reach this figure by November 5th.

Do I need to be vaccinated completely?
Yes, only fully vaccinated racers will be allowed to participate in Flemington during Cup week. Those who can present proof of a medical exemption will also be allowed. “Almost none,” however, are medically exempt, according to the director of the National Center for Immunization Research and Surveillance.

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