Goodwood Racecourse has asked members of the public to stay at home and avoid the Trundle Hill during the Qatar Goodwood Festival, July 28 – August 1.
Racing behind closed doors will take place at the Chichester venue between Tuesday, July 28 and Friday, July 31, with a government pilot event of racing in front of a crowd due to happen on Saturday, August 1.
Goodwood will be the first racecourse in the country to admit spectators back to the sport, although for the pilot it will be a considerably reduced number of 5,000 compared to the usual capacity of 25,000.
With this in mind, only Goodwood Horseracing Club members have been invited to attend, as a suitable group size from a primarily local catchment area.
All places have to be pre-booked, and under the strict guidance of the pilot, there will be no additional walk up admittance allowed on the day.
Goodwood Racecourse has been working closely with the Racecourse Association and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to deliver each of the five days on course in accordance with Government guidelines and social distancing measures.
Considerable safety measures have been put in place, including staggered arrival times, and a complete re-distribution of the enclosures to ensure all members have appropriately spaced along the course.
The area will be monitored closely, and for the safety of all public the viewing spaces are closed. The right of way remains open to through traffic only, so stopping on this route is not permitted.
Jon Barnett, general manager at Goodwood Racecourse said: “While we understand the public interest around the occasion, we are discouraging use of the area during the Qatar Goodwood Festival.
“We are all in this together and we will maximise our chances of returning to normality if we follow government guidance – sadly in our case that means we cannot accept crowds gathering on Trundle Hill. We are actively encouraging people to create their own Glorious Goodwood experience at home, dress for the occasion and enjoy the day.
“The pilot event on the fifth day with a limited crowd marks an important step for British Racing and is part of a road map for bringing an audience back in the future, so we ask everyone to respect this and stay at home.”
Five races from each day of the ‘Glorious Goodwood’ meeting will be televised on ITV1.
All members of the public are invited to get involved by sending in their pictures from the comfort of their own homes using #GloriousAtHome.