Business as normal at the races as the British Horseracing Authority says racing will continue despite coronavirus risk
- Racing in England will continue as normal despite the threat of coronavirus
- Stage meetings in Scotland will go ahead behind closed doors on Monday
- However, crowds will still be able to attend racing events in England
- It comes amid growing concerns about crowds at the Cheltenham festival
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Racing in England will continue as normal despite most other sports closing down because of the coronavirus risk.
The only limit so far is the decision to stage meetings in Scotland behind closed doors, starting at Kelso on Monday. The move follows Scottish Government advice.
It will be business as normal for horseracing in England with fans still free to attend
The British Horseracing Authority said: ‘British racing continues to be in close contact with the UK Government and has been following their advice to continue with business as usual, subject to public health guidance.
Racing’s leaders are monitoring the situation daily. ‘Contingency plans are ready as required.’
About 250,000 spectators attended the Cheltenham Festival. Running the Grand National behind closed doors at Aintree on April 4 is understood to be one of the options being considered.
It comes amid growing concerns over health with the coronavirus pandemic ever growing