Yesterday (Tuesday), the HSE began preparations to use Cork Racecourse in Mallow as a much-needed testing centre for the virus and the centre will be operational from tomorrow.
"We have consistently said that racing's facilities are at the disposal of the Government".
Horse Racing Ireland, which was forced to abandon its programme of staging race meetings behind closed doors on Tuesday by new government restrictions on sporting events, also said in a statement on Wednesday that it is "working ... to identify other elements of racing's personnel and infrastructure that could be used in the co-ordinated reaction to the crisis".
The suspension of racing in Ireland until at least 19 April means that the popular Irish Grand National Festival at Fairyhouse over the Easter weekend has definitely been lost, but leaves at least a glimmer of hope that the Punchestown Festival, the finale of the Irish jumps season which is due to open on 28April, could be saved in some form.
The Board also noted the "potentially catastrophic impact of a sustained period without racing on all sectors of the industry" and agreed that a series of measures to support the financial, physical and mental wellbeing of industry participants was necessary. We will continue our engagement with Government around the supports that are available for the many people in our industry who have now lost their jobs and whose earning capacity has dramatically reduced.
"When racing went behind shut doors, lots of team consisting of bookies, Tote team, providing team as well as various other racecourse company quit gaining".
Horse Racing Ireland chairman Nicky Hartery confesses the sporting activity perhaps encounters its "greatest challenge" after the choice was required to put on hold racing till the center of April.
"In the long-term, a cessation of racing has significant monetary ramifications for racecourses, sales firms, dog breeders as well as wagering organisations such as the Tote". There is also considerable anxiety around the worsening economic situation. The safety of our staff, customers and partners remains our top priority and we have done everything possible to ensure our own employees are safely working from home.
"Irish racing is a durable field, as well as we have actually come with previous difficulties such as Foot as well as Mouth condition as well as Equine Influenza".