The sporting body banned crowds, including owners, from attending its heavily-marketed All-Star Mile meeting earlier this month despite a federal government ban on crowds of 500 people not being enforced until the following Monday, and then banned all print media from attending the races from last Wednesday.
On Sunday it also began segregating jockeys, with 25 of the state’s best riders separated from their peers in their own changerooms and allocated a second set of scales to weigh in and out of.
Jockeys travelling between Melbourne and Sydney have also been taking private chartered flights between states under the new policy in an attempt to keep the riding ranks healthy, however Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday announced a ban on all non-essential travel between states.
Racing Victoria will be a lot clearer on Monday whether it can continue despite the increased measures.
“We note that the National Cabinet is meeting [Sunday] evening to further discuss domestic measures in the battle against the COVID-19 coronavirus,” a Racing Victoria statement said.
“We’ll be seeking further guidance from Government and our medical experts following tonight’s meeting as to what any new measures, including recommendations around domestic travel, mean for Victorian racing and our stakeholders.”
The Victorian thoroughbred industry generates nearly $3.2 billion in value for the state’s economy, while horses would still need to be cared for during any shutdowns.