After the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) reviewed its Five-Phase ‘COVID-19 Operational Policy’, it was announced that greyhound racing will start Phase Four from the 15th of June. During this phase, tracks will run unlimited races with 20-minute gaps. Greyhound races were the first sport to resume in the UK after COVID-19 lockdown.
Mark Bird, GBGB Managing Director, said: “We know that trainers, owners, and fans of our sport have been patiently waiting for an update regarding open racing and we are pleased to provide the green light for this.”
Bird also added he believes that their measures and the government’s guidance are enabling races to be held with minimum risk to health and safety.
GBGB has further commented that they will hold a meeting later this week to discuss the calendar for the return of open racing. The racing calendar will depend on tracks’ ability to maintain strict health and safety guidelines, including wearing face coverings in all enclosed spaces and on tracks.
Open racing will come back on the 29th of June, but individual tracks will be responsible for developing a schedule and managing operational capacities. This includes staging more races within a meeting and reducing waiting times.