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Talking Horses: Stable staff can stay away if concerned by Covid-19 danger

When racing resumes, possibly as soon as 1 June, staff will have temperatures checked on arrival but will not have to be tested

Members of stable staff will not be forced to go racing if they have concerns about possible infection when the sport resumes, possibly as soon as a week on Monday. An agreement in principle has been hammered out between the staff trade union and trainers, in case some are still concerned after the sport’s detailed protocols on safety are published next week.

Those protocols will not include a requirement for staff to take Covid-19 tests before attending the races, according to George McGrath, chief executive of the National Association of Racing Staff. Instead, there will be several precautions designed to reduce risk to a minimum, including online education and temperatures being taken on arrival at the track.

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