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MONDAY 18 MAY 2020

Waipukurau is one of 14 racecourses around the country stripped of all its racing dates for the next season.

The Racing Industry Transition Agency announced a proposed draft calendar for the 2020-2021 racing season, beginning August 1st, on Friday.

The Waipukurau Jockey Club was one of those stripped of its pre-Covid allocated racing dates, and the club will not be issued a betting licence if the changes are adopted.

A draft calendar has been released to racing clubs with consultation closing on the 15th of June.

It is expected a final calendar will be released on 3rd of July, prior to the commencement of the new season on August 1.


The Hawke's Bay District Health Board has reviewed its visitor policy for its Emergency Department.

Last week the DHB relaxed some of its visitor restrictions, after the country moved to COVID Alert Level 2.

However, feedback from senior Emergency Department Clinicians, asked for the no visitor policy to remain in the department.

Clinicians said it would be impossible to maintain physical distancing of at least a metre between patients and staff if visitors were able to come in.

Dr Mark Barlow said until they are completely confident there is no risk of COVID infection in New Zealand, they need to protect everyone in the department.