As part of Gladys Berejiklian’s NSW roadmap out of lockdown once the state reaches 70 per cent double dose vaccination – which is forecast to be around mid-October – outdoor sporting events will be allowed to host crowds of up to 5,000 fans.
Despite the restrictions the ATC has been campaigning for crowds of up to 15,000 to attend The Everest which is Australia’s richest horse race, scheduled for October 16.
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NSW jobs and tourism minister Stuart Ayres reportedly took the ATC’s request to the NSW crisis cabinet before it was denied at their meeting late on Monday night.
Despite the request being denied it is expected that the 70 per cent vaccination rate will be reached before the race meaning up to 5,000 fully vaccinated fans will be able to attend.
Last Thursday NSW deputy premier John Barillaro had previously said the crowds of 15,000 would be unlikely. 
“The Everest will be running on that date if the state has opened under the 70 per cent road map. The capacity at the moment is 5000 people” he said.
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“Whilst people can seek exemptions, I’ve got to be honest, I don’t think that would be appropriate at the very early stage of the 70 per cent road map,
“Those organisers of the Everest will have to take into account that they may be running the Everest under today’s conditions.”
The race was run under crowd restrictions last year with only 11,000 fans in attendance after the event was granted an exemption from the NSW government.
In previous years the race regularly attracts around 40,000 fans with the Daily Telegraph estimating the 2017 race would produce $100 million for Sydney’s economy with the race itself boasting a whopping $15 million in prize money.
The Australian Turf Club and Stuart Ayres office were contacted for comment but have not responded. 

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