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Lateral Flow tests required for weighing room from Tuesday

Jockeys will be required to provide proof of a negative lateral flow test before being allowed to enter the weighing room from next Tuesday.

The additional safeguard against Covid-19 should have brought in on Wednesday this week, but the measure was delayed temporarily by the British Horseracing Authority to give participants and officials planning to enter the weighing room an opportunity to obtain lateral flow testing kits.

The decision to implement the new testing requirements from Tuesday follows reports of an improvement in the availability of LFTs. Supplies will continue to be monitored, with participants and officials kept updated as to any further adjustments that may be required.

The introduction of mandatory testing builds on the existing infection control measures in place in the weighing-room complex, including social distancing and the use of face coverings.

The British Horseracing Authority announced the change in protocol after rises in Covid-19 infection rates across the country.

Lateral flow requirement for jockeys deferred

A nationwide shortage of lateral flow tests has prompted the British Horseracing Authority to “temporarily” defer the requirement for jockeys to show proof of a negative result before entering the weighing room.

The change in protocol was due to come into force on Wednesday, with everyone entering the weighing room complex on racedays asked to show evidence of a negative LFT.

However, a statement from the BHA on Saturday said: “Recognising the difficulty some participants and officials have had in ordering lateral flow tests (LFTs), the racing industry Covid-19 Group has temporarily deferred the requirement, announced earlier this week, to show a negative lateral flow test to gain entry to the weighing room, which was due to take effect at all fixtures from January 5.

“Existing requirements will remain in place, including the need for Covid status certification for all weighing room attendees at all fixtures. Anyone unable to provide evidence of vaccination status will continue to require proof of a negative PCR or LFT test.”

A new implementation date will be announced when “LFT supply issues improve”.