Much to the relief of many punters, Stakes Day at Flemington Racecourse will be staged on Saturday – despite two Covid cases emerging from the Melbourne Cup venue this week.
On Friday, the Victoria Racing Club confirmed a contractor and patron who were trackside on Tuesday have since tested positive for coronavirus.
Both cases were fully vaccinated and not linked to one another.
The now infected contractor worked on Derby Derby last Saturday and during the Cup on Tuesday in The Arbour of the Club Stand, with the patron based in the deck bar green zone during the race that stops a nation.
Both venues have been deep-cleaned and will be ready to host eager racing enthusiasts on Saturday – the final day of the Melbourne Cup carnival.
Stakes Day at Flemington Racecourse will be staged on Saturday – despite two Covid cases emerging from the Melbourne Cup venue this week (pictured, punters trackside on Tuesday)
Despite the two positive cases, Victorian health minister Martin Foley has assured punters will be ‘safe’ at Flemington on Saturday for Stakes Day (pictured, revellers enjoying the Cup this week)
A crowd of close to 10,000 spectators has been anticipated, mirroring figures from Tuesday.
It comes after Victoria’s public health restrictions were recently eased after months of lockdown for major events.
Health Minister Martin Foley said the two cases showed Victoria’s vaccinated economy system was working and punters should be confident Saturday’s meeting will be ‘safe’.
On Saturday, Victoria recorded 1268 new cases and seven deaths.
On Saturday, Victoria recorded 1268 new cases and seven deaths (pictured, a woman getting a vaccine in Carlton recently)
The health department confirmed the state is now managing 16,662 active cases.
The figures also show 651 residents across the state hospitalised with Covid-19 are in hospital, down from the seven-day average of 667.
There are 106 people in intensive care, 70 of whom require ventilators.
More than 82 per cent of Victorians aged over 12 are now fully vaccinated.