Britain’s greyhound tracks believe they can continue to operate within Government demands following the recently revised Covid-19 requirements on gatherings of six or more people.

GBGB Managing Director Mark Bird said: “Following on from the Prime Minister’s speech on social distancing and restricting groups yesterday, we have today received advice that organised sporting events can continue as long as individual groups in attendance do not exceed six persons. I am aware that, where necessary, tracks are revising their table quotas and future bookings to meet this new restriction and would encourage them to do so.

“The Prime Minister has additionally stated that the opening up of stadia on 1st October would be reviewed and revised. I am confident that this means that stadia will still be able to open up more fully, but that the government will take more notice of the trial openings that are currently taking place. Of course, the new restrictions do not apply to a work context and for all those working at the track – including owners and trainers – the current protocol remains appropriate.

“It has been very encouraging to see more tracks able to open up to spectators over the past few weeks. I know that stadia and their staff have been working hard to ensure their premises remain COVID-secure and to liaise with their local authorities regarding reopening, where this has not yet been able to take place. This work would not be possible without the support and patience of owners and trainers across our sport, to whom we remain very grateful.

“Going forward, it is clear that we all need to continue to play our part and support tracks in their work to open up fully in line with the most up-to-date safety guidance.”