ONE of my roles these days is looking after the public relations for Redcar Racecourse and I was there yesterday for a meeting ahead of the new season, starting with a fixture on Easter Monday.

The emphasis was all on safety. The first three meetings, at least, will be staged without spectators, and meticulous planning has gone in to keeping jockeys, trainers, owners, and racecourse officials safe.

An online safety course has to be passed in order to gain a certificate in Covid-19 awareness. Face masks have to be worn at all times. Social distancing signs are everywhere. Designated areas are clearly signposted. Hand sanitiser stations are positioned prominently. Nothing has been overlooked.

Hopefully, a limited number of spectators might be allowed back from the scheduled meeting on May 17 – but only if the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown continues to go to plan.

Then, after all that care and caution, you then see front pages like this, and it really makes you despair…