In Britain, ‘Jockeys Can Expect Things To Look Very Different’ When Racing Resumes

As the British racing industry makes preparations to resume the sport behind closed doors, Racing Post reports that everyone, including jockeys, will be making sacrifices.

Professional Jockeys Association chief executive Paul Struthers said riders will not have access to saunas or showers — even cold showers — for fear they could increase the amount of airborne particles circulating in the jockeys’ quarters, making transmission of respiratory illnesses like COVID-19 more likely.

As will be the case at Santa Anita Park, jockeys will be given a leg up on horses by track employees, rather than stable employees, to minimize the number of contacts between people in different workspaces. Social distancing will be emphasized for riders and others at the racecourse.

If someone does test positive for the coronavirus, Struthers said contact tracing will take place and anyone who had exposure to the person will be required to quarantine.

“Jockeys can expect things to look very different indeed,” said Struthers.

Read more at Racing Post

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