Perrottet grants exemption for Everest crowd to be lifted to 10,000

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NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has approved an exemption for 10,000 punters to attend The Everest raceday at Royal Randwick in the first major event since the end of Sydney’s lockdown.

The Australian Turf Club has been told a detailed COVID-safe proposal to have one person for every four square metres has been given the green light by the NSW government for the $15 million race on Saturday.

A crowd of 10,000 will be allowed at The Everest.Credit:Getty

Only 5000 people are allowed to attend major events under the NSW roadmap with the state’s vaccination rate at 70 per cent double dose.

The ATC will now reallocate tickets to members on a waiting list and make further use of outdoor spaces for the event, which will require patrons to provide proof of full vaccination status upon entering Royal Randwick.

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Racing NSW will still have strict protocols for industry participants, including rapid antigen testing for trainers and jockeys arriving at the course, and separate bubbles which will prevent even the owners of horses in the world’s richest turf race from visiting the raceday stalls.

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