Latest News on Covid-19 - updated regularly

This news will be updated on a regular basis for trainers as the Covid-19 crisis evolves. Please know that we are doing everything we can to assist trainers. Things are changing constantly so whilst the situation evolves, be assured we will keep you updated.

Link to NZTR Covid Directive for Red Traffic Light (including transfer of saddles) 1st February 2022
Links to Directives for Traffic Lights - updated 6 December 21 

Employment compliance and Covid - see Business Hub for Trainers Employment & Immigration page for templates now available.

Masks available at corporate rates - see Business Hub for Trainers - Corporate Discounts

Most recent updates sent to members as follows:
COVID Case or Close Contacts (Phase 2)
The following is provided as high-level practical guidance to racing industry participants. 
The first rule: if you are experienced cold or flu symptoms, or any other COVID-19 symptoms, then please stay home and phone the dedicated COVID-19 Healthline on 0800 358 5453.
- Click here for full details including below:
Note - Close Contact Exemption Scheme: 
If an employer has registered a fully vaccinated employee under the ‘Close Contact Exemption Scheme’ for Animal Welfare purposes (eg. club staff required for maintenance of training or racing surfaces), and if notified as a close contact, then if asymptomatic, the person may leave their self-isolation to undertake work if they test negative to a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) on a daily basis.  During their period of self-isolation and RAT testing for work, such people should limit contact with other people while working (ideally as a ‘bubble of one’) and must not attend a race meeting.

COVID - Attendances at Race and Trial Meetings & other updates - click here for full details

NZTR COVID Directive has been updated to require (under RED) that clubs ‘Facilitate the transfer of saddles and associated gear by way of tables or rails where saddles and gear can be left and collected to ensure physical separation between Riders and Trainers and Stable staff’
 This reinstates the requirement that previously prevailed under the Level 3 settings of the protocols last year.  This has been reintroduced as a safety measure to ensure that people what have undergone Rapid Antigen Testing (Jockeys and officials in weigh-room areas) are not exposed to indoor risk of virus transmission from untested persons. 
This applies for all race meetings under RED.
Click here for full details of the NZTR Covid directive

NZTR Updated Protocols - January 26th 2022

Update sent 7th December

Update sent 24th November 

Update sent 2nd November 9.45am

Update sent 20th September 5.45pm 

Update sent 14th September 4.45pm

Update sent 13th September 6.30pm

Update sent 8th September 5pm

Update sent 7th September 5.30pm

Update sent 7th September 7.30am

Update sent 3rd September 5.00pm

Update sent 2nd September 6.00pm

Update sent 1st September 5.35pm

Update sent 31st August 5.45pm

Update sent 30th August 6pm

September Newsletter sent 27th August 6.00pm

Update sent 26th August at 5pm

Update sent 25th August 5.30pm - hopefully returning to racing this weekend..

Update sent 20th August 4.45pm - no racing this weekend! WEAR A MASK!

Update sent 19th August 5pm

Information sent out 18th August 5pm - link

UPDATE COVID LEVEL 4 - 18 August 2021 - 
Training of Racehorses
Movement to and from stables for general husbandry of horses is permissible, but Trainers and training venues must:
seek to minimise the numbers of staff on roster;
require the use of Government COVID Tracing QR Codes;
require or encourage the wearing of masks;
require social distancing where possible; and
encourage frequent use of soap or hand sanitisers.
Horses can be worked for animal welfare purposes if the Trainer considers that it is necessary for the horse’s wellbeing.
NZTR will update within the next 24 hours in accordance with Government updates and guidelines as these are released.
The race meetings at Cambridge on 18 August and at Oamaru on Friday 20 August are both abandoned.
NZTR will be conducting meetings with stakeholder groups and affected clubs, and will update participants tomorrow for upcoming meetings, including possible arrangements for rescheduling of the Cambridge JC and Oamaru JC meetings.
More updates posted as they come to hand.
Latest from the NZTR website:

BOOKING A VACCINE - 0800282926