As Melburnians celebrate their first day of relative freedom after more than 100 days of lockdowns, the horse owners amongst them have been informed that even they won't be able to attend the city's iconic race.
Minister for Racing Martin Pakula issued a statement today about the event that is due to take place in front of empty stands on Tuesday, 3 November.
"I have today advised the Victoria Racing Club that connections of horses competing at the Melbourne Cup Carnival will not be permitted to attend the course," Minister Pakula said.
"The Government has determined that next week is not a suitable time for gatherings of that nature."
Minister Pakula described the decision as in the interests of all Victorians.
"The four days at Flemington will enthral racing fans and the Melbourne Cup will, as always, stop the nation," he said.
"We wish the Victoria Racing Club and owners all the best for the carnival."
Updated at 2:29pm AEDT on 28 October 2020.