GRNSW Finalise Covid Vaccination Position

GREYHOUND Racing NSW will introduce Rapid Antigen Testing to ensure a COVID-safe environment when NSW begins opening back up next month.

Adam Dobbin

20 September 2021

GREYHOUND Racing NSW (GRNSW) will introduce Rapid Antigen Testing to ensure a COVID-safe environment when NSW begins opening back up during mid-October.

The three-minute test, imported from the US, will be used when industry participants have not received two Covid-19 vaccinations.

“Greyhound Racing NSW is today releasing its COVID-safe Protocol for those attending all NSW greyhound tracks, as well as GRNSW and Greyhounds As Pets NSW facilities,” a GRNSW statement read.

“This Protocol will be in place from October 12, 2021, and applies to all persons (GRNSW staff, race and club officials, participants, contractors, media, and public) attending any NSW greyhound track and all GRNSW and GAP facilities.

“GRNSW and all industry participants are committed to COVID-safe greyhound racing, and as such, from October 12, GRNSW will be implementing Rapid Antigen Testing on site at all NSW greyhound tracks, at the GRNSW offices and at our GAP facilities.

“The RAT testing will be free-of-charge. To enter any greyhound racetrack in NSW from 12 October all persons must show proof of complete COVID-19 Vaccination or take a Rapid Antigen Test at the track and receive a negative result prior to entry.

“This will be around a five minute process at the gate. Any person – vaccinated or not – who is experiencing even the mildest of flu-like symptoms must not attend any racetrack.”

Last week, Racing Victoria (RV) announced that it was mandating being fully vaccinated for Covid-19 as a condition to work within the industry.

Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) is yet form a final position saying: “GRV follows the Chief Health Officers advice in all matters related to COVID 19.

“At this stage, as a statutory entity which is the regulator and promoter, we are encouraging everyone, staff, clubs and participants to be vaccinated, and we are extremely grateful for those who have done so.”