Racing returns from Covid-19 shutdown in Germany at Hanover

GERMANY became the first major European racing nation to resume on Thursday.

After a two-month, coronavirus enforced shutdown, racing burst back into life at Hanover with a 12-race card. The scenes at the German track were caught on camera.

 A trainer watches the action in a face mask - all people on course in Germany must have a mask

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A trainer watches the action in a face mask – all people on course in Germany must have a maskCredit: Reuters
 Germany is the first major European racing nation to start up since mid-March

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Germany is the first major European racing nation to start up since mid-MarchCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 People watch on from an empty grandstand at Hanover

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People watch on from an empty grandstand at HanoverCredit: Reuters
 Jockeys must wear a face mask while riding

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Jockeys must wear a face mask while ridingCredit: Getty Images – Getty

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 Vive En Liberte (red and blue) won the fillies' maiden at 6-1 under Adrie de Vries

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Vive En Liberte (red and blue) won the fillies’ maiden at 6-1 under Adrie de VriesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 Jockeys must maintain social distancing between races

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Jockeys must maintain social distancing between racesCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 Some jockeys rode in plastic face guards

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Some jockeys rode in plastic face guardsCredit: Getty Images – Getty
 The grandstands will be empty on European racecourses for a prolonged period

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The grandstands will be empty on European racecourses for a prolonged periodCredit: Reuters
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