Chester Racecourse Statement on COVID-19 | Chester Racecourse

Chester Racecourse Statement on COVID-19

The British Horseracing Authority have confirmed that racing will be suspended between Wednesday 18 March and Thursday 30 April 2020.

The formal decision was taken by the Board of the British Horseracing Authority following statements made by the government yesterday and after consultation with senior industry leaders. Medical Advisers to the RCA and the BHA, who have been advising an industry group on the response to the crisis, have also been consulted. The decision taken to protect essential emergency services and the health and welfare of staff working within the racing industry will be kept under constant review.

We will continue to prepare for the forthcoming season, beginning with the Boodles May Festival between Tuesday 5 – Thursday 7 May.

We would like to assure members of the public that the safety and wellbeing of visitors to the racecourse is of utmost importance. The racecourse will continue to ensure policies and procedures are kept current and up to date in line with UK Government and NHS advice and in relation to the ongoing development of COVID-19, to ensure employees and visitors are protected.

We all have a duty of care to ensure we collectively prevent the spread of the virus and in addition to closely monitoring the situation, we are adapting our plans, policies and procedures to remain vigilant.

The UK Chief Medical Officers have raised the risk to the public from moderate to high and members of the public are being asked to take simple, common-sense steps to avoid close contact with other people as much as possible, like they would with other flu viruses.

Please pay particular attention to the following guidance:

- wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds

- always wash your hands when you get home or into work

- use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available

- cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze

- put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards

- avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus

- only travel on public transport if you need to

- work from home, if you can

- avoid social activities, such as going to pubs, restaurants, theatres and cinemas

- avoid events with large groups of people

- use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

We will continue to take guidance from the UK Government, NHS, BHA and RCA.

Any changes to the current situation will result in an updated statement and guidance being issued by Chester Race Company via the official racecourse website.

For further information visit:

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

We thank all of our customers, visitors and supporters for their continued support.