Scottish racetrack welcome’s back fans for the first time in over a year

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MUSSELBURGH Racecourse has been given the go ahead to welcome back fans as lockdown restrictions start to ease.

In a carefully managed event, the East Lothian race track will admit 250 racing fans to enjoy the sport again on the 25th of May.

The racecourse has worked closely with the East Lothian Safety Advisory Group to establishing a raceday protocol, which can be amended as further restrictions are relaxed.

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Musselburgh Racecourse will welcome spectators for the first time in more than a year at its next race meeting on Tuesday 25 May (Photo Gene Devine on Unsplash)

Racing fans will be able to have food and alcohol, which must be consumed at tables in a designate picnic area with a two-metre distancing rule in place.

However visitors will not be allowed to enter the grounds with their own picnics. 

Musselburgh Racecourse general manager, Bill Farnsworth, said: “It has been a very challenging year for Musselburgh and all Scottish racecourses, and while our instinct is to welcome back as many racing fans as possible, we are erring on the side of caution by opting to admit only 250 visitors are our next meeting.

“The measures we have put in place underlines that the safety of our guests, racing industry personnel and our staff must come first, but we will use the meeting on 25 May as a template for going forward.”

Musselburgh also confirmed its Stobo Castle Ladies Day event has been moved from 6 August to Friday 20 August to maximise the enhanced safety benefits from the Government’s objective of having every adult vaccinated by the end of July.

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A crowd limit for what is traditionally a sell-out even will be set once it becomes clear what restrictions, if, any may be in place in August (Photo by Julia Joppien on unsplash)

Tickets for the race meetings on 25 May and 5 June go on sale on Thursday 13 May at 10am.