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Update from The BHS - Monday 11th May

11 May 2020


We are encouraging our members and the wider equestrian community in England, Scotland and Wales to resume riding whilst maintaining social distancing and staying alert to control the virus. This is with immediate effect in Scotland and Wales (please check your nation’s advice) and with effect from Wednesday 13th May in England.

Northern Ireland will remain in lock-down and riding is not advised. The Republic of Ireland will remain in lock-down until Monday 18th May and further guidance will follow. 

The UK Government amended the COVID-19 lock-down restrictions for England as of Wednesday 13th May and, today, has produced its COVID-19 Recovery Strategy which provides further information and guidance which includes advice on: 

  • Taking unlimited outdoor exercise with members of your household
  • Meeting up or taking exercise with one person maximum from outside your household in an outdoor setting whilst maintaining social distancing
  • Returning to work if you cannot work from home

We have prepared the BHS’s guidance as to how best to adopt this guidance for all our equestrian stakeholders. However, we have been made aware that DCMS will be producing sport specific guidance within the next 48 hours and as such we have decided to review this information before we release our guidance to ensure that we are aligned with Sport England and the BEF Member Bodies.

Following a review of our guidance that we hope to share later in the week, a range of risk assessments and FAQs will be released to assist all our stakeholder groups through their return to riding and business.

Until then, we have provided some guidance on returning your horse to work and riding safely on the road on our website. There are also some useful FAQs on the website.


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



Coronavirus is threatening our riding centres, meaning thousands of horses face an uncertain future. Please consider donating to our Coronavirus (COVID-19) appeal to help support our riding centres and the incredible horses that live in them.

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