NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has approved an exemption for 10,000 punters to take part in The Everest raceday at Royal Randwick in the first major event since the end of Sydney’s lockdown.
The Australian Turf Club has been told that a detailed COVID-safe proposal to have one person for every four square meters has been given the green light by the NSW government for the $ 15 million race on Saturday.
Only 5,000 people are allowed to attend major events under the NSW Roadmap with the state’s vaccination rate of 70 percent double dose.
ATC will now redistribute tickets to members on the waiting list and make further use of outdoor areas for the event, which will require patrons to provide proof of full vaccination status when entering Royal Randwick.
Australian Turf Club CEO Jamie Barkley thanked the NSW Government for its support of racing and allowed additional spectators to Sydney’s first major event after the lockdown.
“The Australian Turf Club has been working closely with the NSW Government throughout the pandemic and we are excited to open the gates to more people this Saturday,” Barkley said.
“Sydney and our races are back open for businesses under $ 50 million at the Everest Carnival and for a race and event being seen around the world.
“Sydney Spring is ready to shine with spectators, and ATC is ready to take the lead in a COVID-safe reopening of the entire city.”