Horse racing fixtures with fans include Cheltenham after Covid-19 tier announcement

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Cheltenham is one of the racecourses that has been given the green light to welcome back fans following the national lockdown.

The home of The Festival is in Tier 2 with a clutch of other tracks, which means up to 2,000 spectators can attend its International Meeting (December 11-12) next month.

When the current restrictions end next Wednesday, Ludlow, Lingfield, Kempton and Haydock will become the first venues to host a crowd.

Apart from a couple of pilot events, racegoers have not been able to attend meetings since March 16 – just days after the 2020 Cheltenham Festival concluded.

As well the two-day event at Prestbury Park, Sandown is another major weekend fixture which benefits, with its Betfair Tingle Creek Festival on December 4-5.

Only Cornwall, the Isle of Wight and the Isles of Scilly come under the lowest level of restrictions, Tier 1, but those areas do not have racecourses.

A small number of people watched the racing from the grandstand at Cheltenham Racecourse on October 23, 2020
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Warwick and Uttoxeter were among those that fared less well, as Tier 3 curbs prevent them from admitting customers.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said earlier that on the whole, national measures have "successfully turned the curve" and eased the pressure on the NHS.

Racecourses fans can visit in first two weeks of new tier rules

Aintree

Carlisle

Catterick

Chelmsford

Cheltenham

Exeter

Fontwell

Haydock

Hereford

Huntingdon

Lingfield

Ludlow

Kempton

Plumpton

Sandown

Taunton

Wincanton

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