The oldest operating racecourse in the world is today planning to become the first in the UK to welcome back visitors and it promises to be a unique and new experience for everyone attending its famous Boodles May Festival.
Chester Race Company Ltd is utilizing the latest technological advancements and currently working on a mass Covid-19 testing program, in anticipation of crowds returning to the Roodee once again. This would see everyone attending the three-day festival from May 5th to the 7th, receiving a lateral flow test upon entry, and enjoying fully socially distanced race-day experiences throughout the day.
Chester is hoping to become the first racecourse in the country to welcome back race-goers for the May festival – and if Government guidelines allow – it is hoping up to 5,000 guests will be able to attend on each of the three days.
With the safety and well-being of all guests of paramount importance, Chester Race Company is currently drawing up a series of plans in preparation for the Government’s road-map announcement.
The racecourse plans are revealed as the site becomes the first NHS large-scale Covid-19 mass vaccination center in the borough, from today. (Monday, February 15th).
The center is expected to deliver thousands of Covid-19 vaccines every week to residents across the area in key priority groups as part of the national vaccination program. It will operate seven days a week by appointment.
“Meanwhile, in anticipation of the Government’s road map announcement, we have been working very hard with local authorities to build a clear operation procedure plan that hopefully could allow us to safely welcome back a limited number of spectators for the Boodles May Festival.
The delivery of mass on-site testing is at the core of our stringent health and safety measures. Chester Racecourse could provide on-site testing facilities for 5,000 attendees per day with results expected in less than 20 minutes.
If Government allows the festival to go-ahead, all race-goers would receive food and drink table service.
We will of course be operating within all Government guidelines and hope the new experience which we are offering will be something which is welcomed by those attending whom we hope will feel safe and secure but also able to enjoy the best possible time at the racing.”
Chester is the oldest operating racecourse in the world.
Racing started in Chester on Shrove Tuesday in 1539 and in nearly 500 years there have only been three major stoppages; the English Civil War, World War 1, and World War 2. When racing was reinstated in 1946, the pent-up demand resulted in a record attendance of 103,993 racegoers on Cup Day.
“It will certainly be a “different” racing experience this year – but it will be a very special one with absolute attention to detail to ensure our race-goers have the best experience possible – something we pride ourselves on always delivering here at Chester Racecourse.
Information about ticket prices and on sale available in due course!
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