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

From Saturday 10th April 2021

Moving Wales into Alert Level 3



Riding schools – should contact their licencing authority/insurance provider for further guidance.

Freelance coaching
– Is permitted outdoors within the 6 people/2 household rule (the coach being classed as 1 household/excluding children under 11 from either household). Coaches can also offer outdoor organised activities for children from the 27th March (under 18s) and from Monday 12th April coaches/clients will be permitted to travel into and out of Wales from the rest of the UK.

Venue Hires – Outdoor sports facilities are open. 

In addition - freelance coaches, riding schools, venue hires (subject to the public health situation remaining favourable) 

  • From Monday, 26th April - organised outdoor activities will be permitted for up to 30 adults.
  • From Monday 3rd May - indoor fitness facilities will be allowed to reopen for one-to-one training.
  • From Monday 17th May - children's indoor activities and organised indoor activities for adults (maximum of 15 people).

Education – From Monday 12th April students can return to face-to-face education

Equine Tourism - From Saturday 27th March self-contained holiday accommodation can re-open

Essential and Non-essential shops - From Monday 12th April all shops will be permitted to reopen

Vets, farriers, saddlers etc continue to work. 

Yard owners Should continue implementing appropriate COVID measures e.g. social distancing.

Travelling horses - From Monday 12th April travel into and out of Wales from the rest of the UK is permitted. Up until Monday 12th April you cannot leave Wales without reasonable excuse.

The Welsh borders - People are permitted to cross the border to care for their horses/work whilst in England they will need to follow English rules.

NB These are indicative dates – decisions will be made nearer the time, once the impact of other relaxations have been assessed and subject to the health situation allowing the relaxations to go ahead.



The BHS Helpline

The BHS Welfare Helpline is here to offer you advice and support with any questions or concerns you may have.

We are here for all our members and supporters and we have extended our working hours to provide a Coronavirus Helpline during these difficult times to help answer your additional queries relating to Coronavirus lockdown.

 Call us on 02476 840517

If you are an APC please call 02476 840565 or an Approved Centre please call 02476 840509



Further Resources

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


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