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Sydney’s Everest horse racing could return under the exemption plan

Sydney’s Everest horse racing could return under the exemption plan

The organizers of a major event in Sydney next month are pushing to get 15,000 guests to attend, whether NSW has started reopening or not.

NSW’s crisis cabinet is considering a plan to allow Everest horse racing to continue with a crowd of up to 15,000 people, regardless of whether the state has reached its 70 percent double-dose vaccination target.

Everest is set for October 16 in Randwick and is likely to be Sydney’s first major event since the variant of the variant began in June.

The Berechi government plans to reopen Greater Sydney and other restricted areas on Monday after NSW vaccinated 70 per cent of residents over the age of 16 – expected on 18 October or possibly 11 October.

The Australian Turf Club has filed an exception allowing The Everest to continue with as many as 15,000 fully vaccinated guests, even though the race falls back from a reopening date of 18 October.

It is understood that the plan will include other Covid-19 security measures, including social distance.

If the event goes ahead, it will mean a crowd three times as high as the ceiling on racetracks outlined in the government’s freedom roadmap with 70 percent vaccination, limiting large outdoor facilities to 5,000 people at a time.

NSW Jobs and Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres presented the plan for the crisis cabinet on Wednesday night, where the proposal has been controversial among some of the other ministers.

The NSW Government has not yet taken a decision on the request for exemption.

Deputy Prime Minister John Barilaro has said that any event running in the initial stages of the reopening of NSW is subject to the ceiling of the guests.

“If the state has opened under the 70 percent road map, the capacity is currently 5,000 people, so it should be below that,” he told reporters Thursday.

“There are processes for exceptions, but I have to be honest, I do not think it would be appropriate at a very early stage in the 70 per cent timetable.

“These organizers at The Everest will have to take into account that they may be running The Everest under today’s conditions.”

Everest is Australia’s richest grass court and the main event of Sydney’s Spring Race Carnival.

The Australian Turf Club has been contacted for comment.

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