COVID 19 update 7th September7 Sep 2021

COVID-19 update as at 7th September 2021

UNDER ALERT LEVEL 2

The wellbeing of our customers and staff is our number one priority.

For more information and advice, visit the Ministry of Health website here - https://www.health.govt.nz/

THE OFFICE

All non-essential face to face meetings will be conducted via phone or video call until further notice. Drop in meetings and sales calls will not be accepted.
- Contractors & Suppliers may continue to carry out their roles that are essential to the day to day operations of the Waikato Racing Club.
- They must sign in, with full name, business and contact number at either the Main Office or Track Office, which ever is applicable to their role.
All visitors will be asked to sanitize their hands at the sign in location and masks must be worn


To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 we ask that those coming on site to Te Rapa Racecourse take the following steps:

- Do not come on site if you are feeling unwell
- Wear a mask
- Ensure you follow good hygiene practices such as:
covering coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or coughing/sneezing into your elbow disposing of used tissues appropriately in a bin, washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water and drying them thoroughly, or using hand sanitiser.

EVENT CENTRE

As always, the safety of our staff, and you as visitors is paramount.

We understand the effort, planning and cost that goes into organising events, but this does not diminish the responsibility we all have to provide a safe environment.
The Waikato Racing Club is following the Ministry of Health Guidelines currently in place relating to COVID 19 and are adapting our practices as are they are updated.

We recognize the importance of implementing preventative measures to reduce the potential of spreading this virus.

Therefore, to protect you & your fellow event attendees today we recommend that;
• If you feel unwell you leave the premises immediately
• If you have travelled outside of New Zealand in the past 14 days (excluding the Pacific Islands) you do not attend today’s event.
• Thoroughly wash your hands when you reach your designated room before your function commences. Toilets are located on each level, Enter the venue and turn right


Further to the above, no events with a patronage of over 50 may take place at this venue. If attendance numbers are deemed higher than 49 by a member of the Waikato Racing Club (WRC) staff, the event will cease immediately, and all patrons will be ordered to leave. WRC reserve the right to continually monitor attendance numbers throughout the course of any scheduled event.

To ensure we do the utmost to protect our staff and event attendees we have implemented the following;
• Signage reminding people to practice good hygiene (coughing, sneezing and hand hygiene)
• Provided additional equipment and facilities to support good hygiene practices
• Our cleaning contractor has increased the frequency of cleaning public surfaces particularly door handles, escalators, stairwells and lifts
• Advised all staff that if they feel unwell, they are to stay at home

If you have an Event planned that you want to postpone and haven't already spoken to a member of our team please get in contact [email protected] to discuss all options.


RACING CENTRE

The Waikato Racing Club (WRC) is set to race on Saturday 11th September .

A statement released by NZTR on Tuesday 7th September stated that "until Tuesday September 14, the NZTR Alert Level 3 protocols will continue to prevail". To read this article please head to https://loveracing.nz/RaceInfo/34276/Meeting-News-Article.aspx

We will be strictly following the Government and NZTR guidelines around racing as if we are still at Alert Level 3. The race meeting will be a CLOSED DOOR meeting with only essential staff and license holders on site.

Participants are reminded of their obligations.

STABLE STAFF
Please advise by 1pm on Friday 10th September the name and cell-phone number of your staff that are working on the day. If a stable staff member is not notified to the Club that person WILL NOT be admitted to the course. A stable hand licence on its own will not gain entry. Staff must be nominated by the trainer for whom they are working.

Please notify Charlotte Mooney via txt 0275 105 818 or [email protected]

QUESTIONNAIRE
Please also give them a copy of the COVID-19 Health Screening Questionnaire which needs to be filled in by you and your staff on race morning and handed in to our people at the Checkpoint on the gates. Doing this will speed up entry rather than having to complete the forms at the Checkpoint. This is particularly helpful if you are in a horse float otherwise it will have to stop whilst a questionnaire is completed. Please note that the Questionnaire is relevant to that particular raceday to ensure that the person is fit and healthy to attend the races. It is irrelevant if a form has been completed previously or at another race meeting.

LICENCE
MOST IMPORTANT. Make sure that you and your staff have their NZTR 2021/22 Licence with them. No licence no entry. It would be a good idea to have them on a lanyard so as to be easily visible.

ENTRY TO THE COURSE

Please use the Float Entrance on the Ken Browne Drive entrance. A reminder that the Sir Tristram entrance directly off Te Rapa straight is permanently closed

On arrival the Health Declaration Forms will be collected and you will be required to sign in via a security officer or scan the government QR code.

COLLECTING SADDLES & SADDLE CLOTHS
Trainers and staff are required to not enter the Weigh-In room unless essential.

Saddles & Saddle Cloths will be located for collection in the RACEDAY OFFICE

MASKS
• You are requested to source your own personal mask before coming.
• Masks must be worn at all areas in the racecourse.
• Failure to wear a mask according to the regulations will result in expulsion from the race meeting.

FOOD
• There will be limited food available from the Cubby Cafe next to the raceday office on the ground floor. Please respect that there will be a que at times, your patience will be appreciated. You are also welcome to bring your own food and drink.