With the threat of the coronavirus outbreak, the Macau Jockey Club announced on Wednesday night that its next three meetings have been cancelled.
The statement read: Macau Jockey Club is greatly concerned about the risk of 2019-nCoV virus transmission in places where people gather. Having discussed with the relevant Government departments, the Club hereby cancel Macau races on 1,7 and 9 February 2020, in order to protect our horse owners, trainers, jockeys, employees and race goers.
The Club is fully aware that this decision will affect the majority of race goers, and will also cause horse owners, trainers and jockeys to lose the opportunity to race. However, the Club believes that public hygiene and health should be the top priority at this moment; we also need to cooperate with the Government and all the organizations in Macau to fight the disease.
In addition, the Club has also established a number of arrangements to fully implement the anti-epidemic work, including closing on-course and off-course betting centers, temperature screening, exempting employees from work according to latest Government policy, etc.
The Club will always keep an eye on the latest situation, cooperate with the Government in all strength against the infection