Punchestown racecourse will close its entire lands to the general public for a period of 10 days.
Its to facilitate holding of the Festival, and will be in effect from Friday, April 23rd to Monday, May 3rd.
In a statement this afternoon, the racecourse says "This closure is necessary for the health and safety of the public and participants involved in what is categorized as an elite sporting event. In addition, half of the famous Punchestown venue has been taken over by the HSE as both a Covid-19 testing and vaccination centre. Therefore the site is going to become increasingly busy in the coming weeks with people travelling to the HSE Covid-19 centres along with racecourse machinery in operation."
The gates of the privately owned lands were opened over a year ago, to enable people to available of a safe outdoor recreational space.
CEO, Conor O’Neill said: “Punchestown is a very special place and is close to the heart of so many people and we are glad to see so many members of the local community enjoy it as much as we do. We see it as a very beneficial asset to the local community and we want that to continue. The setting is beautiful and unique however we must remember that it is essentially a working site the very same as a farm or a factory campus. Over the coming weeks the track team will be extremely busy preparing what is an internationally renowned racecourse for one of the biggest sporting events in Ireland and the UK. Couple this with increased traffic flow to the HSE Covid-19 testing and vaccination centres and the Punchestown site becomes extremely active.
Image: Punchestown Racecourse