Public to be banned at Lunar New Year’s Day horse race at Sha Tin Racecourse, other celebrations expected to be cancelled

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15th January 2022 – (Hong Kong) The government announced yesterday that the existing anti-epidemic measures will be extended until the third day of the Lunar New Year. During this period, a number of large-scale events will be cancelled, including the Chinese New Year parade and the Lunar New Year fireworks display, which were announced earlier by the HKTB and the LCSD. In addition, many traditional Lunar New Year festival activities may continue to be affected by the epidemic. Among them, the Lunar New Year’s Day horse race at Sha Tin Racecourse, the New Year praying ritual at Wong Tai Sin Temple on the 30th night of the Lunar New Year, and the Che Kung Festival on the second day of the Lunar New Year may be cancelled for the second consecutive year.

In response to the impact of the epidemic, the Jockey Club holds a New Year’s Eve horse race at Sha Tin Racecourse on the third day of the Lunar New Year. The race was held “semi-closed” for the first time two years ago. During this period, only about 8,000 members of the public who had made a reservation for a meal at the racecourse restaurant were allowed to enter. There was no public admission last year, only 609 people who made reservations including horse owners, relatives, friends or accompanying members were allowed to enter, which was the lowest record for the number of people entering the Lunar New Year horse racing.

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