Covid-19 Delta epidemic: the decision on the week of the Cup is expected this morning
Almost a million dollars a day that is expected to be pumped into Canterbury’s local economy is at stake during Cup and Show Week if three major events don’t go as planned. Photo / Photosport
A decision on whether Canterbury’s biggest horse racing week will go without an audience will be made this morning.
Last month it was announced that Addington Cup week would take place, but the public would be completely shut out unless the region was brought back to Tier 1 restrictions.
A press release is expected today at 9 a.m. with details on what the event will look like.
In September, CEO Brian Thompson said the races will continue, but while the country is still subject to mass gathering restrictions, it will not be possible to host Cup Week as a publicly accessible event.
“We are planning an Alert Level 2 event, where we can safely accommodate the racing industry in groups of 100 people in different parts of our facilities, with the ability to scale up if we upgrade. alert 1 without restrictions on mass gatherings, before October 19, “he said.
At alert level 2, events can take place but with restrictions.
Events and event facilities – for example, stadiums, cinemas and casinos can accommodate a maximum of 100 people in any defined indoor or outdoor space.
It would be the first time in 117 years that the event did not reach its full public capacity.
Thompson said if a Tier 1 change was announced after today, there wouldn’t be enough time to prepare for a full-scale Cup Week event.
“At this point, under the current restrictions, all hospitality packages, tickets for The Edge Public Village, Lindauer Lawn and Punters Lounge, as well as Show Day tickets for Spectators Bar have been suspended,” he said. -he explains.
“The Crossing Fashion Starts Here contest will be held online this year, with details available in mid-October.”
Tickets were also delayed for the Canterbury Jockey Club Riccarton Park Cup week in November, including the traditional Saturday race meeting.
“The club will monitor the situation and release the ticket when it is realistic to expect that we are operating at Level 1 in November, as we were last season when a limit of 15,000 attended New Zealand. Cup Day. “
Addington Cup Week 2021 kicks off with IRT New Zealand Trotting Cup Day on Tuesday 9 November.
Show Day races are scheduled for Friday November 12.