Meetings to continue in Victoria
By Adam Hamilton
Victorian harness racing has dodged a bullet.
Despite losing three race meetings across Wednesday and yesterday, racing will resume with two meetings today (Friday) - Yarra Valley (day) and Mildura (night).
It's been a frantic couple of days for Harness Racing Victoria since it was notified very late Tuesday night that a participant had subsequently tested positive to COVID-19 after attending the Tabcorp Park Melton race meeting on August 2.
Crucially, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) downgraded Tabcorp Park Melton during that August 2 race meeting from a Tier 1 to a Tier 2 exposure site.
The exception is a handful of participants who have been deemed "close contacts" with the individual who subsequently tested positive.
Those individuals have to quarantine for 14 days (from the August 2 date) and test negative before leaving isolation.
In contrast, the other 60 or so participants only needed to isolate until they returned a negative test.
The impact of the huge scare has seen tomorrow (Saturday) night's marquee Melton meeting - which has two Group 3 races - moved to Ballarat.