Racing Victoria investigating allegations of illegal luncheon

Racing Victoria is investigating allegations a group of horse trainers allegedly breached COVID-19 restrictions by attending a potentially illegal luncheon in regional Victoria.

It is alleged about a dozen attendees, including trainers, attended a long lunch near Ballarat last week ahead of the Spring Racing Carnival.

Racing Victoria confirmed to 9News today they were aware of the allegations that the number of restaurant attendees may have exceeded the indoor capacity limit for hospitality venues.

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"RV is aware of allegations that the number of attendees at a luncheon involving licensed participants at a regional restaurant may have been in excess of that permitted indoors at hospitality venues in regional Victoria under the current Government restrictions," the statement read.

"RV is continuing to investigate these allegations."

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When asked about rule-breakers in light of the potential breach, Victoria's Chief Health Officer Professor Brett Sutton said people had to "see the risk in every potential interaction".

"We don't make (the rules) up because we want to constrain people's lives in unnecessary ways," he said.

"We've had enough death and dying of COVID globally. We just need to minimise that to the fullest extent possible."

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