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Advice for equestrians in England during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak

Please note, while the guidance is current at the point of publication, it may quickly be superseded following further government updates, or changes to the situation. 

The advice detailed below is applicable to ENGLAND only.
This advice and information is to help support horse owners and those who care for horses during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Covid Update: Step 4– 19 July

The latest government announcement sees the end of most restrictions that have been imposed during the pandemic. This is great news for riding schools, livery yards, competition centres and horse owners. The BHS advice is to follow a cautious but sensible approach to the easing of restrictions and recommend the following guidance.

Covid-19 Risk Assessments
All centres are still required to carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment for all activities.

Numbers at Events
There are no restrictions on the number of participants that can take part in a competition or activity.

Spectators at Events
There are no restrictions on the number of spectators that can attend a competition or activity, unless indicated in your own risk assessment. This means that riding schools can now allow parents and spectators to watch lessons.

Recording Attendees
Centres are no longer required to record details of participants, spectators or helpers. However, all attendees should be encouraged to “check in” with the NHS QR code to assist in tracing close contact in the event of a positive case.

Enhanced Cleaning Centres
should continue with enhanced cleaning procedures and ensure hand washing/hand sanitisation stations are available.

Face Masks
Although face masks are no longer mandatory, centres should consider their use to help keep employees, volunteers and participants safe. If you have any indoor areas such as clubhouses, classrooms etc. then facemasks should be encouraged. Centres may wish to make the wearing of facemasks mandatory in specific settings as indicated in the centre risk assessment.

Social Distancing
Centres can continue to encourage social distancing, especially in an indoor setting.


Follow the NHS & Government advice

Ensure you have sufficient hand washing facilities. After using shared yard equipment, such as wheelbarrows or the hose, wash your hands. All shared equipment will need to be disinfected.

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