The UK government have urged racing fans to stay away from next week’s Cheltenham Festival if they are experiencing symptoms associated with coronavirus.
This year’s edition of the famous festival begins on Tuesday with plenty of fans expected to flock to the racecourse across the four days.
However, those that have travelled through high-risk countries or been in contact with anyone who has are being urged to not attend.
Coronavirus is spreading throughout the UK and has already stopped plenty of sporting events around the world.
A public health notice has been place on the British Horseracing Authority’s administration site.
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It reads: "Do not travel to the Festival if: – You have any of the following symptoms – a cough, a high temperature or shortness of breath AND – You have been to or transited through the high-risk countries, or been in contact with anyone that has, in the last 14 days.
"To protect yourself and others please do not travel and call NHS 111 (GB) or HSE 112 (Republic of Ireland) for expert advice.
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"These measures are being taken in order for us to safeguard everyone's health and well-being during the current public health situation.
"Thank you for your understanding. For more details, please visit gov.uk/coronavirus ."
Cheltenham have sourced extra paper towels and antiseptic gel while taking on extra staff to support cleaning efforts.
Ian Renton, regional director of Cheltenham Racecourse, said: "We're working closely with the Department of Health to maximise hygiene facilities at the course.
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“We are looking to improve it where we can and hygiene is at the centre of what we are doing.
“Otherwise it's full-steam ahead."
Cheltenham Festival takes place for four days, with Friday’s Gold Cup the most prestigious race of the week.
Race prize money comes second only to the Grand National with the Cheltenham Festival having originated back in 1860.
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