Special Policy for Racing Under Covid Alert Level 3, updated Mon 30 Aug 2021
BEFORE LEAVING HOME
Anybody who is feeling unwell must remain at home.
Anybody over the age of 70, or suffering from an underlying illness is strongly encouraged to
remain at home.
Bring your own food and drink bottle with you.
Handlers to bring their own coat/wet-weather gear.
Make sure Everyone travelling to the track with you has a Face Covering and have the NZ Covid
Tracer App downloaded on their mobile phone.
Arrange care for children, the racetrack is a Work Site ONLY.
Plan to arrive at track and remain on site until you are finished. i.e. once you leave the track you
will Not be welcome to return.
WHO CAN ENTER TO THE SAFE WORK SITE (Ascot Park)
Access to meeting limited to essential staff such as licensed trainers (or trainers’ reps) with dogs
at the meeting, licensed handlers, stewards, vets, club and TAB NZ employees with race day
No tote operators.
No owners, other than those with other roles already listed.
ON ENTERING THE SAFE WORK SITE (Ascot Park)
Scan the QR code as you enter the track or provide your name and contact details.
Once out of your vehicle, a Face Covering must be worn at all times
Maintain 2m spacing whilst in queue for kennelling (as you would at a supermarket).
Pre-kennelling veterinarian exams will be conducted in open air when possible.
Pre-kennelling veterinarian to use hand sanitiser between “bubbles”.
Greyhound ID process limited to microchip scanning, ear brand check as a last resort only.
Gate to scales to be operated by Handler, then disinfected between dogs..
Only handlers of Greyhounds and essential kennel staff to be in kennel block when required to
Handler to operate door to their dog’s kennel.
Prior to handling another dog or commencing any other task, head to a bathroom thoroughly
wash your hands with soap.
WALK FROM KENNEL TO BOXES
All Handlers Must wear their Face Covering.
Maintain 2m spacing retrieving your greyhound from the kennel area, fitting of their rug, through
stir-up, and the walk to boxes.
Aim to reach boxes ‘Just in Time’ for loading.
Split into Groups of Box First, Odd Numbers, Even Numbers maintaining at least 1m spacing
BOXING: 2 LINES OF 4 DOGS
Box First Dogs will continue to Box First
Two line model for loading:
Odd Numbers followed by Even numbers as normal, Maintain 1m spacing – which may require #1
& #5 slightly ahead of #3 & #7, and #2 and #6 slightly ahead of #4 and #8.
After Boxing their Dog, Handlers to maintain 2m spacing.
Box lids to be disinfected after the race.
Maintain 2m spacing until lure stops.
One catcher per dog.
Catchers from same bubble should move in to catch first.
Maintain 1m spacing whilst catching.
Return to 2m spacing once your dog is under control.
WALK OFF THE TRACK / NO DAIS / WASH DOWN
Maintain 2m spacing on walk back.
Maintain 2m spacing at wash down.
Return rug, and return dog to van/trailer or swab kennel.
Prior to handling another dog or commencing any other task, head to a bathroom thoroughly wash your hands with soap.