Cheltenham Festival 2020 stepping up hygiene measures to combat coronavirus threat

Cheltenham has revealed a list of measures to combat the threat of new coronavirus at the four-day festival of next week.

The track has increased the amount of wash basins and toilet facilities on site and plans to form hand sanitizers readily available, also as putting up posters with the newest public health advice.

In addition to posters round the racecourse, an identical public health message will leave to all or any customers beforehand of the meeting.

A spokesperson for the racecourse said that they support the guidance of the government that all the business in the country should continue as usual and they adhere to the newest public health advice. He added that they have also increased staff numbers in order to make sure the facilities such as soap and drying facilities are always available.

Following the announcement of the new cases, Betfair’s exchange market on whether day one among the festival will plow ahead as planned was offering odds of 1.4 (2-5) for racing to travel ahead and three .5 (5-2) for it to be cancelled or postponed at 6pm with almost £2.2 million matched.

On Tuesday, the government also unveiled its coronavirus action plan, containing four phases: contain, delay, research, and mitigate. The government is within the contain phase, with the main target on detecting early cases and preventing an epidemic.

The delay phase starts as the virus starts spreading and might include restrictions on public gathering activitiesa such as sporting events for 12 weeks.

However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said there have been no immediate plans to launch such measures, heightening confidence that the Cheltenham Festival, which was planned to take place next Tuesday, will plow ahead as scheduled.

A market on whether Aintree’s Grand National festival will plow ahead from April 2 was added to the Betfair exchange, with odds of 1.75 (3-4) that the meeting won’t plow ahead and a couple of .25 (5-4) that it’ll , with over £800 matched at 6pm on Wednesday.