Racing Queensland has set a date when all people involved with racing will need to be vaccinated for Covid-19 if they are to attend a racetrack.
All racing participants in Queensland will need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 in order to attend race meetings after Racing Queensland announced their policy on the matter on Friday afternoon.
On top of participants, patrons, employees and volunteers will need to also be fully vaccinated in order to attend a race meeting from December 17, when Queensland opens its borders to the rest of Australia.
It will sit with individual clubs and government to determine what and what does not make up “non-race day activities” in order to work out when non-vaccinated people can attend race tracks.
Venue restrictions will come into effect three hours prior to the first race at any meeting and will conclude two hours after the last race.
Queensland is the last state to announce a stance on the matter after health bureaucrats were left scrambling to work out where racing stood in their overarching rules.
Data collected by Racing Queensland last month showed that around 70 per cent of eligible licensed participants were fully vaccinated, while 85 per cent had received at least one dose.
It is expected that number has grown significantly since then.
In anticipating a potential move towards mandatory vaccinations, Racing Queensland has been in the midst of strong vaccination drive to encourage participants to get jabbed.
Originally published as Racing Queensland mandates Covid-19 vaccinations for participants