Jockey evicted from Caymanas Park for breaching COVID-19 protocol
Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited (SVREL) evicted a jockey and a patron from Sunday’s race meet at Caymanas Park for refusing to wear masks as mandated by authorities, which allowed resumption of the sport with limited spectators after a three-month shutdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
“Two persons were escorted off the property by our security personnel on Sunday, July 5, as a result of the deliberate flouting of the rules,” said General Manager Lorna Gooden.
“SVREL is committed to ensuring adherence to the current protocols, established to protect the health and safety of the entire racing community. We will maintain a zero-tolerance approach to anyone who puts the community, the industry, and our stakeholders at risk by not following these protocols,” she added.
The 10-race programme was the first Sunday meet and third racecard promoted by SVREL since horse racing returned to Caymanas Park and its off-track betting parlours on Saturday, June 20. The first sport to resume locally, agreed COVID-19 protocols are rigidly enforced at the Portmore, St Catherine, racetrack.
“We wish to remind our valued stakeholders that our security personnel and marshals are hard at work, ensuring that each person follows the guidelines and protocols in order to protect everyone in the park,” Gooden implored.
“We have gone above and beyond to collaborate on developing a plan that has allowed us to reopen spectator racing, and we will not permit anyone to put the industry at risk for another closure, due to carelessness or lack of vigilance," she said.
Chief executive officer of McKay Security, Jason McKay, whose firm is tasked with general duties at the racetrack, said extra resources have been deployed to maintain the COVID-19 protocols.
“The measures that have been put in place were to ensure the safety of everyone and the continuation of the sport. No single person is more important than everyone’s safety. We will be evicting anyone not compliant with wearing a mask on the plant,” McKay pointed out, adding that the police will be called in to assist if necessary.