York leads by example as lockdown enters home straight – The Yorkshire Post says

EVEN though York Racecourse’s season-opening Dante Festival will not be blessed by crowds, the fact that spectators will now be present on the Knavesmire for future meetings offers evidence that the country is in the Covid home straight.

Yet the iconic track – one of the great theatres of world racing – is also emblematic of the challenges facing all venues as Bridget Guerin becomes the racecourse’s first female chairman. Its losses during the pandemic, coupled with the legacy of social distancing, means it needs to utilise its facilities 365 days a year.

It is why hospitality boxes could be hired out as offices on non-race days while accommodation for stable staff, the best in Britain, can be booked by tourists looking to stay, or camp, in the city. Even the weighing room could become a mobile base for physios.

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However this is precisely the type of innovation that will be crucial as the whole county’s economy looks to get back on track – literally.

York's season-opening Dante meeting begins today. Photo: James Hardisty.

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Bridget Guerin is the first ever female chairman of York Racecourse. Photo: James Hardisty.