Jumps racing in Britain will remain on hold until July, the British Horseracing Authority have announced.
The decision was made following an initial proposal from the National Trainers' Federation, with the aim being to provide clarity to the trainers and owners of jumps horses and to assist them in minimising any unnecessary expenditure.
The decision was taken in agreement with the Racehorse Owners' Association, Professional Jockeys' Association and Racecourse Association.
The BHA have already said the Resumption of Racing Group is working on detailed proposals for a resumption of racing from May 1, should that be possible, with fixtures to be held on the Flat and behind closed doors to minimise demands on emergency services.
The return to racing is also likely to be phased with a limited number of fixtures in the initial weeks, reflecting the likelihood that any easing of the Covid-19 situation, and any restrictions and pressures on medical services, will happen progressively.
With Flat racing usually entering its core season at this time of year, the focus in the early stages of the return to racing will be on providing opportunities to the Flat horse population.
Richard Wayman, chief operating officer of the BHA, said: "The decision to lose jump racing until July was not one which was taken lightly and we are very conscious of the impact this will have on many across our sport.
"We are working closely with the horsemen, racecourses and Levy Board to ensure the sport is ready for a resumption of racing at the earliest possible opportunity."