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Coronavirus Rules: BHA Temporarily Postpones Requirement for Riders to Produce Negative Lateral Flow Test Amid Shortage

Coronavirus Rules: BHA Temporarily Postpones Requirement for Riders to Produce Negative Lateral Flow Test Amid Shortage

The BHA had announced a protocol change that would go into effect on January 5, and each rider was required to show evidence of a negative lateral flow test; roll-out date on hold until trial supply issues improve

The British Horse Racing Authority (BHA) has been forced to delay the introduction of a new rule requiring riders to produce a negative lateral flow test, citing difficulties in ordering the tests.

On Thursday, the BHA announced that beginning January 5, riders would be required to provide proof of a negative lateral flow test before they are allowed to enter the weigh room.

The decision was made after increases in Covid-19 infection rates across the country over the past two weeks, but has now been «temporarily postponed» amid a national shortage of testing.

On the same day as BHA’s initial announcement, Sky News reported a widespread shortage of PCR and lateral flow tests for delivery on the government portal, with no PCR slots available across the UK.

In response, Health Secretary Sajid Javid said the government will triple the supply of lateral flow tests to 300 million per month in February, but added that as the current shortage persists, «we expect to have to restrict the system. at certain points during the next two weeks. » «.

A statement from the BHA on Saturday read: «Recognizing the difficulty some participants and officials have had in requesting lateral flow tests (LFTs), the racing industry COVID-19 Group has temporarily deferred the requirement, announced earlier. this week, to show a negative lateral flow test to access the Weighing Room, which was to take effect in all games from January 5.

«Existing requirements will remain in place, including the need for COVID status certification for all weigh room attendees at all facilities.

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