20th January 2022 – (Hong Kong) The government recently announced to extend the existing anti-epidemic measures until the third day of the Lunar New Year (3rd February), during which a number of large-scale events will be cancelled, including the previously announced cancellation of the Lunar New Year float parade and the Lunar New Year fireworks display.
The New Year’s Eve horse racing on the third day of the new year will also be affected, and it will be held behind closed doors. Some citizens lamented that the Chinese New Year activities are no longer lively.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club said it has obtained government permission to hold race days under certain conditions on the 23rd, 26th, 30th of this month and the 3rd of next month. The club announces that for the races held on the above days, only staff, club officers, licensed persons and those who have to work on-site for the race will be allowed to enter the racecourse. Other persons, including horse owners, members, media and the public, will not be allowed to enter the racecourse. In addition, there are no two-track betting on the above race days. It is worth mentioning that the last 3 events have already started behind closed doors. This is the first time in history that horse owners and the public are not allowed to enter the racecourse to watch the race during Lunar New Year.