Victoria's three racing codes - thoroughbred and standardbred horses, and greyhounds - are racing on.
Racing Victoria chief executive Giles Thompson confirmed on Monday that thoroughbred racing would continue across the state under strict protocols to combat the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
"Having considered all the relevant information, including the strict protocols in place across the industry, the latest government and health advice, the importance of protecting the livelihoods of the hardworking men and women of our industry and the ongoing care and welfare of our horses, we have determined that racing and training will continue in Victoria until otherwise advised," he said.
"We're acutely aware our horses require daily and appropriate hands-on management whether we are racing or not
"We equally know that they thrive upon exercise and the daily routine they are afforded in their training environments.
"This has been an important factor in our considerations.
"The decision to continue racing and training is not one that has been taken lightly, but we make it knowing that Victorian racing will continue to do everything to remain compliant with all the current directives, guidelines and advice," Thompson said.
Ballarat Turf Club is scheduled to race next on Monday, April 6.
HARNESS Racing Victoria has introduced temperature checks on all persons entering meetings, including participants and staff.
HRV also announced on Monday that from Thursday, race meetings would be programmed for eight races only with no more than eight horses in each race.
These measures are to minimise the number of people required to congregate at one time in any one venue, allowing HRV to spread participants out throughout the horse stall area.
Ballarat and District Trotting Club has trials on Tuesday and its next race meeting on Wednesday, May 8.
GREYHOUND Racing Victoria, in a statement on Monday, said on-track arrangements were being put in place to ensure compliance with new social distance arrangements.
"We are also examining ways to hold race meetings with skeleton staff and limiting participant numbers at tracks.
"The strict health protocols which apply at our tracks will continue and we urge all attending our tracks to work with us to keep our greyhounds racing."
Ballarat Greyhound Racing Club raced on Monday, with its next race meeting scheduled for Wednesday night.