Guide to the return of spectators

Features | 30th November 2020

Spectators will return to racecourses for the first time since March as part of the 'For The Love Of Racing' campaign. Here's what you need to know, including COVID safety measures across the English tier system.

Racing is part of a sport-wide initiative encouraging spectators to follow guidelines ‘For The Love Of Racing’. The campaign is being supported widely across racing to ensure that racing is demonstrating that it is fan-ready.

For The Love of Racing, please remember to wash your hands, wear a facemask and socially distance at all times should you be lucky enough to attend a fixture over the coming weeks.

Following government approval, racecourses will see spectators return and the unique atmosphere of live sport will again be felt across the country. 

Punters will return for the first time since March on Wednesday 2nd December. The first racecourses to permit access will be Haydock Park, Ludlow  and Lingfield Park.

All three racecourses are currently in Tier 2 which allows up to 2,000 spectators.

Here’s what you need to know in regards to the tiered system affecting the return of spectators to racecourses and COVID safety measures.

The Tiered system

COVID tiered system England 2
Credit: The Independent

The government has outlined the different regions in England which are in Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3. You can check out which region is in the corresponding tier and therefore the racecourses within those regions on the government’s website.

Wales and Scotland are not allowing the return of spectators to sporting venues. The tiered system in England:

Tier 1: There are no racecourses situated in Tier 1 (Tier 1 areas are Cornwall, Isle Of Wight, Isles Of Scilly)

Tier 2: Up to 2,000 spectators are allowed at racecourses or 50% venue capacity whichever is lower. There are currently 35 racecourses in Tier 2.

Tier 3: Racing will continue behind closed doors in these regions with only owners allowed to attend the 16 racecourses in Tier 3.

COVID secure safety measures

Spectators return - For the love of racing

There are a number of safety measures in place so spectators can enjoy the racing action knowing full well that everyone is completely COVID secure.

It’s important for all racegoers this week and the coming weeks to read and follow the full guidelines.

The principal government COVID guidelines of observing social distancing at all times, washing hands thoroughly and wearing face coverings remains in place at all venues. 

Where possible attendees will be asked to travel via private transport and are asked not to travel if showing COVID symptoms or living in a Tier 3 area.

Upon entry, spectators will be required to do health checks and possibly temperature checks. While on the racecourse, signage and instructions from staff and will denote which areas of the facilities are in-bounds. 

Stick to the safety measures, stay alert, stay safe and enjoy being back on a racecourse.

Sports unite to show the nation they are fan ready

Racing is part of the nationwide initiative called ‘We’re Fan Ready’ organised by the government to ensure fans are safely welcomed back to stadiums and venues. Racing is at the forefront of this initiative by being the first sport to allow spectators in.

Sport and government have come together to ensure safety guidelines are available and followed by fans so everyone feels COVID secure and able to enjoy sporting action without worry or concern.

Follow the safety guidelines, keep a safe distance, wash your hands, remember your face covering and do it for the love of racing. If we all work together, we can continue to progress and get back to larger crowds in the future.

We Are Fan Ready