There has long been a fear that Coronavirus would result in the Cheltenham Festival being cancelled, however racegoers and punters have breathed a collective sigh of relief following the announcement that the government’s planned restriction on public events – which could last up to twelve weeks – aren’t going to be implemented in the immediate future.
Nevertheless, while the four-day Cheltenham Festival is almost certain to go ahead, the government’s proposed restrictions could impact upon the 2020 Randox Health Grand National and possibly the Derby and Royal Ascot.
The government’s action plan reads: “Action that would be considered could include population distancing strategies (such as school closures, encouraging greater home working, reducing the number of large scale gatherings) to slow the spread of the disease throughout the population, whilst ensuring the country’s ability to continue to run as normally as possible.”
The 2020 Randox Health Grand National Festival gets underway on April 2nd while Royal Ascot takes place between Tuesday 16th June and Saturday 20th June.
This latest news comes following the announcement that several overseas race meetings are to be held behind closed doors. There have been 51 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in the UK with two of these being in Gloucestershire.
None of the above has had any effect on ticket sales for the Grand National and the last few remaining tickets for the event continue to be snapped up. All the main grandstands and terraces have sold out with the only availability being The Embankment and Hospitality options.
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