In preparing for a return to trialling activity and racing, it is imperative that the welfare of the greyhounds, the integrity of the sport and the health and safety of all those involved in the sport be placed to the forefront of any resumption of activity at Stadia in the current phase of the Covid-19 outbreak.

The GRI has developed a COVID-19 Owners and Trainers Protocol for attending Stadia for a phased resumption of activity in advance of greyhound racing behind closed doors. All consideration has been made to ensure the protocols and precautionary measures will deliver a responsible but effective return to trialling activity and racing.

The GRI will continue to respond swiftly and appropriately to any update from the government, the Health Service Executive, and its Chief Medical Officer(s) and, where necessary, will amend the strict controls as set out in this document. The safe and responsible resumption of trials and racing behind closed doors is entirely dependent on the long-established cooperation, sense of shared responsibility and compliance of all those involved in the sport.

Racing and trial activity will therefore be closely monitored by the GRI through its management structures and Stipendiary Stewards to ensure compliance with all elements of these COVID-19 Protocols and Precautionary Measures. All Authorised Stadium Racing Officials, Stadium Employees, Veterinary Practitioners, Licenced Trainers, Owners and Authorised Kennel Hands shall are required to comply with these operating procedures.

Read: GRI Return to Racing - Owner & Trainer Protocols when attending Stadia

Video: GRI COVID-19 Racing Guidelines & Protocol

Please note that following the production of this video, an amendment to the trap loading procedure was introduced. The change will see greyhounds loaded in the order 1 – 3 – 5, followed by traps 2 – 4 – 6 while maintaining distance from others, subject to those loading greyhounds wearing a suitable face covering. Please refer to the full protocol below for more. 

*Please note that this video contains stock racing footage recorded in November 2019 prior to the current Government restrictions on racing, social distancing and travel.