Sports Information Services (SIS) has confirmed that it will be resuming a full greyhound schedule of 42 fixtures per week from 1 June.
The resumption of its schedule will cover races from eight UK greyhound tracks, including Central Park, Crayford, Doncaster, Harlow, Henlow, Hove, Monmore and Romford. In addition, SIS will reintroduce its service to Towcester.
Paul Witten, Product Director of SIS, said: “Our UK tracks have been undergoing trials for the last week and will continue through this week to ensure that all racing greyhounds will have completed at least two trials before racing resumes on 1st June. We’re very pleased to see a return to racing and would like to pay thanks to our tracks who have been very supportive of these new measures.
“We continue to liaise very closely also with the Irish Greyhound Board and are confident that we will be able to extend our service in due course to include Irish fixtures sometime in June.”
Fixtures will be held behind closed doors, and initially be limited to 10 races per fixture to comply with GBGB guidance on social distancing and ensure the safety of all participants.
It is expected that the number of fixtures will increase in due course, eventually returning back to normal service.
Initially, the fixtures will be spaced two in the morning, two in the afternoon and two in the evening which SIS emphasised will ‘satisfy the needs of digital customers’.
UK greyhound racing has been postponed since 18 March, following the UK government’s decision to implement Phase 1 of national lockdown procedures.
Earlier this month, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) published a five-phase approach to restarting the sport, which included the steps being taken to move from hosting trial meetings behind closed doors towards the sport returning to normality, subject to government guidance on social distancing and public gatherings.
Reviews of both social distancing and hygiene measures are also being carried out to ensure they remain in compliance with the most up to date government guidelines.