View our latest statement regarding attendances at the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival.


COVID-19 Update - Attendance at 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival


Current as at 21st October 2020


We made a very detailed and comprehensive submission regarding attendance for the 2020 Melbourne Cup Carnival to the Victorian Government, which covered a number of scenarios utilising Flemington’s expansive outdoor spaces and lawns. We await a decision from them based on public health advice, and what is in step with broader community restrictions.  

We are organised, COVID safe and ready, and would love to play a part in the broader re-opening of Melbourne.  Public safety has always been, and will always be, our absolute priority.  

Melbourne and Victoria’s recovery is important to Australia, and while there has been a very cautious roadmap to recovery, we are very much hoping that Sunday’s announcement from the Victorian Government will provide clarity and hopefully easing of the current restrictions. 

Cup Week is part of Melbourne’s cultural fabric – its original major event.  It can provide a platform for the safe and responsible broader easing of restrictions across all industries. Each year the Melbourne Cup Carnival generates over $450 million of economic activity for Victoria, predominantly in the hospitality, tourism and retail sectors, that have been hit so hard by this pandemic. We know that our economic contribution won’t be as great this year, but we very much hope to play our part in Victoria’s recovery.  

Regardless of the decision on the number of people, Cup Week will go ahead with viewing audiences watching from across Australia and around the world. The spirit of Cup Week, the quality of racing and the 160th running of the Cup will be enjoyed by millions. 

For most of 2020, the VRC has focussed on developing an innovative and exciting broadcast and digital experience, ensuring everyone can share in the magic and excitement of Cup Week no matter where they are.