Caution : On the decision of the administrative authorities, no backpacks are allowed when entering the hippodrome on the day of Waregem Koerse. This is due to the fact that measures against the terrorist threat are still in place.
Waregem Koerse and security
This year Waregem Koerse will continue for the 171st time. The usually beautiful weather and the massive rise of the public make every edition a real celebration.
The safety approach during the event used to be split up into small incidents and/or accidents, in which a quick and accurate intervention quickly put an end to these "inconveniences".
For a number of years now, the world has been regularly shocked by major attacks, some of which have claimed many victims. Our country, too, was not spared from these cowardly crimes of the past. Although the threat level -terrorism was reduced by the government from 3 to 2 at the beginning of this year, the administrative authority of the city of Waregem, in consultation with the police, decided to maintain the security measures - level 3.
This means that every organisation that organises an event that attracts a large number of people must take measures on the basis of statutory provisions in order to avoid, as far as possible, that such facts could occur during an event, whatever Waregem Koerse may be.
Together with a number of partners, such as the administrative authorities, the police, the fire brigade and a security company, we strive together and transparently to guarantee the safety of those present at our event as well as possible. On this basis, mainly a number of organisational and technical means were developed, which already knew their application last year and will be used again this year.
In addition, all employees of Waregem Koerse will also be properly instructed to keep their alertness in the context, as described above, sharp on 28/08/2018.
All measures taken by the organization to ensure security will be recorded and managed "behind the scenes" with the aim of not creating panic or suspicion among the public. Together with the partners mentioned earlier, we as an organisation will discreetly watch over and deal with the safe conduct of the big party.
At the public entrances one may be asked to show the contents of the handbags for a moment. We know from experience that this is always professional and is done correctly with the necessary courtesy. We recommend that you do not bring any backpacks to the event, as they may be prohibited when entering the hippodrome.
The organisation hopes, of course, that no evacuation will have to take place. However, this cannot be ruled out with certainty. We have therefore prepared ourselves thoroughly for this to happen in a structured manner and as efficiently as possible.
In case of a possible evacuation, we ask for :
- Follow the signs for the evacuation routes .
- use the outputs, which will be projected onto screens.
- remain calm and disciplined.
- strictly follow the instructions of the stewards and security personnel.
- not to return to the hippodrome after evacuation without permission.
By cooperating in this process, we can also regard you as a partner in the safety approach at Waregem Koerse, in which we very much hope and are almost convinced that all this will not be necessary.
Finally, we ask you, as a visitor, to be alert for suspicious persons and / or persons. You should preferably report such findings as soon as possible to the nearest steward (recognisable clothing) or private security officer. Together we must ensure the safe and festive functioning of the biggest feast of Waregem.