QLD COVID-19 Protocols Update - including inter-state participants

06 July 2020

Inter-state Participants

Inter-state participants will no longer be required to complete a mandatory 14-day quarantine period before accessing licensed training and racing facilities in Queensland from this Friday.

In line with the Queensland Government’s border restrictions, inter-state participants will be permitted to access venues from midday on Friday, July 10, excluding Victorian participants or any participant who has entered Victoria in the past 14 days.

The updated protocols allow:

  • Licensed inter-state participants, other than those who reside in or who have returned from Victoria in the last 14 days, to enter Queensland to participate in their licensed code and to access ‘Core Racing Areas’ at race clubs;
  • Travel by road or commercial aircraft, however commercial air travel cannot occur on the day of the race meeting; and
  • Standardbreds will be permitted to enter Queensland from Victoria for racing purposes in accordance with the strict transport protocols detailed in the COVID-19 protocols linked below.

Inter-state participants intending to travel to Queensland for racing purposes are requested to familiarise themselves with the COVID-19 protocols linked below.

Race Colors

Additionally, following the Queensland Governments move to stage 3 restrictions, the requirements for drivers to wear the same set of colors for all engagements at a race meeting will no longer apply.  Thus, from this Friday's race meeting trainers and owners will be able to assign their colors to their horse.  Participants are reminded of the need to ensure a high level of hygiene continues which includes washing silks following each race meeting.

Core Racing Area Access

Access to Core Racing Areas including on-course stabling remains restricted to Essential Raceday Personnel only.    As such owners and children (unless licensed) are not permitted to access these areas.  A further update on owner access to Patron areas at race meetings will be provided later in the week.


Related News

23 November 2020
Preparing you and your horses for fire season
As another spring comes to an end and summer is fast approaching, the risk of fire danger is increased. Therefore, it is an important time to review and update your fire plan to adequately prepare for the months ahead. Remember that your management will change in the event of a fire and knowing your...
23 November 2020
Industry note: Updated COVID-19 protocols
As a result of State Government announcements on Sunday 22 November 2020, Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) advises changes to the current biosecurity protocols at all Victorian race meetings. These changes are effective immediately:
19 November 2020
HRV online declaration form to improve race-day sign-in process
Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) has developed a new online version of the declaration form attendees to race meetings must complete in line with Government contact tracing requirements. The new online system is designed to streamline the process and improve current race-day check-in procedures. CLICK HERE...
17 November 2020
Participant Dress Code – Qld Summer Carnival
As the TAB Summer Carnival approaches, it is a timely opportunity to remind participants of the required dress standard at Saturday night meetings. RQ in conjunction with the Albion Park Harness Racing Club are looking for participant support to assist raising the profile and image of the sport in Queensland....
4 November 2020
Change to Horse Naming Policy
Following a review of internal naming policies, the Harness Racing Australia (HRA) Executive have approved a change to the horse naming procedures. Effective immediately, horses may be now named at any stage from the time in which they are registered according to Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR)...
Click for more