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Several French Racetracks Face Second Shutdown

By Rebecca Latios - Contributor
2 years ago

The French government has withdrawn its approval to allow racing which was suspended amid the Coronavirus outbreak but only in certain parts of the country. The new suspension will affect races that were supposed to be held at tracks including ParisLongchamp, Auteuil, and Saint-Cloud, however, Normandy will be allowed to continue with racing.

French authorities classified different areas and divided the country into green and red zones, with the latter being reserved for COVID-19 hotspots. Due to this decision, France Galop has been forced to reorganize its fixture list. They are planning to reschedule meetings at alternate venues, including French 2000 and 1000 Guineas which could switch from Longchamp to Deauville in the north-west of France.

France Galop and Le Trot announced they will soon issue a revised racing program, but also that certain races might return to their original location once the authorities give the green light.

“The reinforced closed-door protocol and all sanitary measures have also been scrupulously respected since the resumption of racing on the 11th of May. Regular controls have been carried out and have not revealed any problems”, said French authorities, and added how all teams are working on rearranging their plans for May and June.