Here you will find everything you need to know about who can attend.
How many people will be able to go to the Melbourne Cup this year?
The state government has announced that up to 10,000 people will be allowed to attend Flemington on the first Tuesday in November, even if Victoria has not reached the 80 percent double vaccination threshold. Race day is part of the state’s “vaccinated economy” test.
Will there be crowds on Derby Day (Oct 30), Oaks Day (Nov 4), or Stakes Day (Nov 6)?
There will definitely be no crowds on Derby day, the first day of Cup week. Whether there are crowds of up to 10,000 on Oaks Day and Stakes Day will depend on whether Victoria achieves an 80 percent vaccination rate for the November 4th. The state currently has a tip to reach that figure on or before November 5.
I am a member of VRC. Will I be able to get a Cup Day ticket?
VRC members are set up to get priority access to tickets on Melbourne Cup Day. Of the 10,000 people who will be allowed into Flemington, the majority are likely to be just members. The VRC has more than 30,000 members and the club will seek to serve as many of them as possible.
How can I get a ticket? Will it be a voting system? Or can members go to Cup day, Oaks day and Stakes day?
Members may be able to attend more than one of the three days. It has been noted that to serve the 30,000 VRC members, they may have to choose which day they want to attend. But VRC CEO Steve Rosich said Sunday that it was more likely to be a ticket-for-sale system for members, rather than a voting system. Details have yet to be finalized.
What if I am not a member?
Limited tickets, if any, are likely to be available to the general public on Melbourne Cup Day, but VRC President Neil Wilson did not rule out the possibility when asked on Sunday. The club has yet to finalize its plans and how the 10,000 will be divided.
Do I have to live within 15 miles of Flemington?
If Victoria has not reached the 80 percent double vaccination threshold for Melbourne Cup Day, only those who live within 25 kilometers of the racecourse will be able to attend. For Oaks Day and Stakes Day, if Victoria reaches the 80 percent threshold, the 25 kilometer radius will not apply. Currently, the state is inclined to reach that figure on or before November 5.
Do I need to be fully vaccinated?
Yes, only fully vaccinated race goers will be able to attend Flemington during Cup week. Those who can show proof of a medical exemption will also be allowed. Nevertheless, “Almost no one” is medically exempt, according to the director of the National Center for Immunization Research and Surveillance.