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Racing at Leicester GOES AHEAD after BHA receive government clearance despite city lockdown

RACING at Leicester GOES AHEAD this evening despite a citywide Covid-19 lockdown.

Track officials received the green light from the BHA after local health authorities said the meeting should go ahead as planned.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced on Monday evening that all non-essential businesses would have to close in the city, with schools also closing from Thursday.

The planned nationwide lifting of restrictions from July 4 will have to stay in place in Leicester for at least another fortnight.

Hancock said: “It’s so important that we get a grip on this spike that has happened in Leicester.

“We will be closing the shops by law and will be changing the law in the next day or two to do that.”

He also advised that people should not travel “in, out or within Leicester” unless it was essential, but that would not be enforced by law as yet.

Leicester clerk of the course Jimmy Stevenson said this morning: “I haven’t heard anything as yet. Obviously it is a BHA decision and they are talking with people.

“Everything is in place for us to race, all our protocols are in place, but it is out of our hands.”

The first of nine races is scheduled for 4.40pm.

More to follow…

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