Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has apologised for any concern caused by the decision to allow large crowds to attend the Cox Plate. The initial decision, which has now been reversed, saw up to 500 owners and connections of the horses to attend the race on Saturday. This would have meant that over 1000 people could attend the event legally.
The decision was met with significant backlash from the Victorian community, who are still under strict regulations. Currently, Victorian residents are only able to meet in groups of ten at the largest, with a maximum of two households together.
The reversal of the decision was announced over twitter by Racing Minister Martin Pakula who admitted it “was a mistake, given that other restrictions remain in place”.
The backflip on the decision calls into question how the government will address crowds at the Melbourne Cup Carnival, which starts on October 31.
Many Victorians are hoping that Premier Andrews will announce further restrictions this weekend after the state consistently recording low numbers of case transmission.