Summary of COVID-19 restrictions for equestrian activities - England

20/10/2020

The following information shows The British Horse Society and British Riding Clubs current interpretation of the most recent government guidance and is subject to change, as and when government advice is updated. Please bear with us while we make these changes.

The advice detailed below is applicable to ENGLAND only.

Information on areas with additional restrictions can be found here.

The new three tier system effects BHS and BRC activities as follows:

  • Areas in Tier 1 / Medium Risk = No effect on organised sporting activities
  • Areas in Tier 2 / High Risk = No effect on organised sporting activities (indoor schools are classed as covered arenas, not indoor facilities)
  • Areas in Tier 3 / Very High Risk = No-one should be travelling in or out of these areas for competitive or training activities as they are considered non-essential. Some areas may also have travel restrictions within the area, so this must be checked on an area-by-area basis.

To check which Tier a location is in, you can use this post code checker: https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions

General guidance for how many can meet OUTDOORS for un-organised activities / socials

Up to six people from any number of different households.

General guidance for how many can meet INDOORS for un-organised activities / socials

Up to six people from any number of different households.

Social distance

Social distance 2m or 1m plus additional measures i.e. PPE / screens

Group sizes for organised sporting activities (BHS & BRC activities)

Up to 30 people subject to conducting suitable risk assessments and implementing COVID-19 secure controls. Can be a rolling number of 30. Maximum occupancy of each indoor facility should be limited by providing a minimum of 100sqft per person.

Numbers permitted in warm-up arenas or rings

To be considered in the risk assessment and in-line with the numbers above.

Spectators permitted

No

Travel distance permitted

Unlimited unless in a local lockdown area or the Central Belt of Scotland.

Facility hire

Permitted

Locations

Indoor, covered arenas & outdoor.

Lessons / clinics

Permitted for groups of up to 30 at one time. No restriction on type of activity.

Training & education activities

Up to 30 people per group if suitably risk assessed.

Organised hacks

Permitted for groups of up to 30 at one time. No restriction on type of activity.

Fun rides

Permitted for groups of up to 30 at one time. No limit on the total number in a day if set off in groups of less than 30.

Day camps

Permitted for groups of up to 30 at one time. No restriction on type of activity.

Residential camps

Permitted for groups of up to 30 at one time. Accommodation permitted for up to six in one facility.

Social / evening activities at camp

Permitted but restricted to groups of six from any number of different households.

Competitions

Permitted for groups of up to 30 at one time. No restriction on type of activity. No limit on the total number in a day.

Site capacity limit

None

On-line competitions

Permitted. No restriction on type of activity.

Social & fundraising activities

Permitted but restricted to groups of six from any number of different households.

Unmounted competitive, training or education activities

Permitted for groups of up to 30 at one time.

Committee meetings / AGMs

Should only be held virtually at this time.

All other BHS & BRC activities

Permitted as long as social distancing can be maintained, in-line with above numbers.

CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) ADVICE & INFORMATION FOR EQUESTRIANS

Please read our information and advice for horse owners and business owners during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak

 

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