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Advice for horse owners in Scotland during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak

10 July Update

Scottish Government has today issued further guidance on Phase 3: staying safe and protecting others

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-framework-decision-making-scotlands-route-map-through-out-crisis-phase-3-update/

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-3-staying-safe-and-protecting-others/

Please note that this is a summary of the Scottish Government advice.

From Friday 10 July 2020:

Outdoors - a household can meet up to 4 other households at a time – up to 15 people in total.

Which means:
Riders – can ride out in larger groups;
Hire facilities (arena hire and xc hire) – can be done in larger groups; and 
Coaches - can coach up to 4 different households a day up to 15 people in total.

A household can meet up to 4 other households per day in total.

The advice is to remain two metres distant from people in households other than your own.

Children aged 11 or under no longer need to physically distance indoors (or outdoors). Young people aged 12-17 must continue to physically distance.

The limit on the number of other households you can meet per day (indoor or outdoor) does not apply to young people who are under 18.

Mandatory face coverings in shops and other retail.

From Monday 13 July 2020:

Organised outdoor contact sports, play and physical activity can resume for children and young people under 18 (subject to guidance). 
This would allow for coaches to coach pony club groups and other junior groups under the age of 18 with the appropriate risk assessment completed.

From Wednesday 15 July 2020:

All holiday accommodation permitted (following relevant guidance).  
This would allow for some smaller residential events to go ahead with the appropriate risk assessment completed.

Not Before 31 July 2020:

Live events (outdoors) – with physical distancing and restricted numbers. 
Note: this broad category is under review to determine which types of events are safe to resume slightly earlier.

Live events (indoors) – with physical distancing and restricted numbers.
This means that no live events (indoors and outdoors) before the 31 July 2020.  BHS Scotland is working with Scottish Government to determine which type of events will be safe to go ahead. 

FACTS Scotland 

 

Sports, culture and leisure activities

  • You may meet outdoors with members of up to four other households at a time for exercise or activity.
  • This means that events such as organised races, walking club trips and cycle club rides that would involve people from more than five households are not permitted. This would mean that equestrian related events cannot currently go ahead that would involve people from more than 5 households.
  • If meeting people from another household outdoors, you should meet only in small groups - no more than 15 people in total at a time, and you should not meet people from more than four other households each day.
  • Use your judgement and only take part in an activity if you can do so safely, maintain physical distancing and not put yourself or otherPersonal training/coachings at risk.
  • Plan in advance and do not take unnecessary risks that may result in the need for medical care or emergency services support. You should also consult the safety guidance for each individual activity before taking part. This can be found on the sportscotland website.
  • When taking part in activity outside, where possible, avoid touching surfaces with your hands, sharing equipment and touching your mouth and face. Follow advice on the NHS Inform website about hygiene and wash your hands as soon as you get home.

 

Personal training/coaching

  • One on one personal training or coaching is permitted if it is outdoors, physical distancing can be maintained, and is with members of your household and/or members of up to four other households.
  • A coach or personal trainer should not deliver training to more than four households at any one time or provide training to more than four households per day.
  • When participating in training or coaching, where possible, avoid touching surfaces and sharing equipment and touching your mouth and face.

 

When you meet outdoors, you should:

  • stay 2 at least metres away from other people apart from members of your household
  • maintain hand and cough hygiene
  • avoid touching with your hands hard surfaces such as gates, walls, fences and park benches
  • follow advice on the NHS Inform website about physical distancing and hygiene and wash your hands as soon as you get home
  • take an alcohol-based hand rub (hand sanitiser) with you and use it often, especially before eating or after touching surfaces
  • do not share food or utensils – if eating, each household should bring, prepare and eat their own food separately

Use your judgement. If somewhere is likely to be busy you should avoid going there. If you arrive somewhere and it is busy, change your plans and go somewhere quieter. You should think carefully before you travel to places for exercise or recreation where you would need use public transport.

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If you do choose to take your horse to another locality please bear in mind the two most important things are staying safe and showing respect.

Look after the places you visit and be mindful of your impact on local communities. Take your litter home, remove dung in car parks and kick it to the side on paths and tracks. Plan ahead and check your intended parking is open and has space, as the countryside is much busier than normal. Park with consideration and if it looks too busy it is too busy - support the new BHS Scotland campaign for hacking out this summer; “Leave no trace- leave space” be an ambassador for responsible horsemanship.

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