Horse racing events in France have moved away from COVID-19 hotspots after government decree placed them in green areas
The French government has decreed that racetracks in red coronavirus zones should be moved to courses in green zones, organizers said on Tuesday.
Parisian circuits such as Longchamp, those of the East or of Burgundy or of any region classified red, will be forbidden until further orders to mount race cards despite the reopening of May 11 behind closed doors.
The maps of Thursday and Sunday at Longchamp were transferred to Deauville on the Normandy coast.
Friday’s meeting at Fontainebleau was moved to Vichy while the same day the Compiègne steeplechase went to Dieppe.
The French racing leaders, France Galop and Letrot, said they were saddened by the race tracks in the red zones.
“If the return to racing was reinforced by this last decree, as it seems to have been the case, we can also say that we regret unfortunately that the racetracks in the red zones cannot function,” declared France Galop and Letrot in a joint press release.
Coaches and jockeys wore masks as French racing resumed under the shadow of COVID-19 at the legendary Longchamp racetrack on Monday.
He only restarted after last-minute lobbying convinced President Emmanuel Macron to give him the green light. However, strict rules have been established, including being held behind closed doors.