Key QRIC staff to work in isolation

Mark Oberhardt
Queensland Integrity boss Ross Barnett says the authority will continue to function

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission will isolate key staff on non-race days to ensure it can continue to operate effectively in coming months.

Racing will continue in Queensland in three codes around the state without patrons until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic.

QRIC boss Ross Barnett said the commission was taking steps to isolate those staff members who were essential in the running of race meetings.

"QRIC stewards, veterinarians, integrity team, sample collection officers and licensing and registration staff are working from home as much as possible and will come into the office for essential tasks only," Barnett said in a statement.

"If we keep these staff members separated it gives them every chance of remaining well to continue the integrity functions for racing."

Barnett said the commission's Brisbane offices would remain open for business albeit with contact restrictions.

The QRIC Greyhound Adoption Program is still open for business to take greyhounds in from the industry for adoptions.

The multi-million dollar Queensland winter carnival is scheduled to get underway next month.