Following the announcement of a lockdown in the UK by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday evening, greyhound racing is to be suspended across the water.
They had been running behind doors, much like ourselves, but these latest measures introduced to combat the Coronavirus mean that those involved in UK greyhound racing will have to sit on their hands for a while.
Mark Bird of the GBGB issued the following statement following Johnson’s announcement:
COVID-19 Update: Greyhound racing suspended
“In responding to tonight’s PM’s announcement we have to suspend all racing tomorrow as this is the responsible thing to do however there remains a need to clarify the government position in terms of ‘gatherings’ and ‘work’. I have contacted our contacts in Defra and DCMS and await their urgent clarification on these points. The GBGB has planned for this eventuality and we are ready to meet it head on. I firmly believe that the UK racing greyhound community are of the same stoic mind. Let’s remain calm and we will carry on”.
– Mark Bird
Managing Director, Greyhound Board of Great Britain