Victoria Racing Club (VCR) advised the two infected people were fully vaccinated and are not linked to each other.
“The VCR is working closely with the Department of Health which has been very supportive of the Club’s COVIDSafe Event Plan and management of the two cases and the conduct of the COVIDSafe event of the Melbourne Cup Carnival,” they said in a statement on Friday.
“The safety of all patrons, staff, racing participants and horses is the VCR’s top priority.”
A contract worker and a patron who attended the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday tested positive to coronavirus. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
The contractor worked two full days in The Arbour in the Purple Zone on the ground floor of Club Stand.
Patrons and staff who visited the area on Cup Day have been deemed as low risk by Victoria’s Department of Health.
They have been advised to monitor for symptoms and immediately get tested if they experience any flu-like symptoms.
Melbourne Cup to kick off with COVID-safe protocols
The racegoer visited the deck bar in the Green Zone on Cup Day.
Health officials are in contact with the punter and his two social close contacts who are also double dosed.
Patrons who visited the area will be contacted directly with a text message by the VCR and all staff working at the time have been notified.
Up to 10,000 patrons were allowed into the race that stops the nation under the state government’s latest restrictions. Picture: Diego Fedele/Getty Images
Both venues have been deep cleaned and will be ready for Stakes Day this weekend.
Those who have not been contacted by SMS are not considered to be at risk.
Up to 10,000 punters were welcomed through the gates for the race that stops the nation under the state government’s latest restrictions.

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