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Stringent regulations should allow for a smooth resumption

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On entrance, each attendee will have their temperature taken via a thermal camera system. Anyone with an elevated temperature will be refused admission. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

On entrance, each attendee will have their temperature taken via a thermal camera system. Anyone with an elevated temperature will be refused admission. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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On entrance, each attendee will have their temperature taken via a thermal camera system. Anyone with an elevated temperature will be refused admission. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Just how seriously horse racing is taking its health and safety responsibilities as it prepares for a return to action behind closed doors at Naas on June 8 was illustrated when Horse Racing Ireland (HRI) published its protocol document. To call it comprehensive is like saying Michael Jordan was a dedicated basketballer.

In all, it comprises 77 pages of dos and don'ts in a bid to minimise the risk of contracting or spreading Covid-19, and if that were insufficient, a number of webinars have been organised to provide further clarity to the industry groups that will go racing.

The protocols were compiled by HRI in conjunction with the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board, with the Department of Health and National Public Health Emergency Team providing ultimate approval.