Statement as from the 9th November 2020
All non-essential businesses can re-open eg tack shops, facility hire etc. with pre firebreak rules in place.
Organised Sports, Exercise and Educational Activities e.g. riding schools, riding clubs, freelance tuition
Inside - 15 people can meet for organised activity e.g. riding lessons, riding club events, fun rides, competitions, day camps etc
Outside - 30 people can meet for organised activity (as stated above).
IMPORTANT This number does not include any children aged under 11 or people who are working.
Children - The number of children aged under 11 who can legally participate is constrained only by the boundaries of the setting and the need for sufficient adults to be present to supervise, for under 11yrs it is less essential to rigidly maintain 2m social distancing you should still make the best efforts you can.
Collecting contact information - Businesses will still be required to collect contact information (Track and Trace). COVID risk assessments/protocols must be in place.
Face Coverings - continue to be mandatory in the indoor public spaces https://gov.wales/face-coverings-guidance-public
Social distancing - 2m physical distancing should be maintained https://gov.wales/coronavirus-social-distancing-guidance
All schools, further education colleges and universities are open, work-based learning (eg BHS training/apprenticeships) and adult learning will return to the same model of operation as before the firebreak.
People are permitted to travel from Wales into England, or from England into Wales for education. Teachers can also travel across the border to attend work.
People are still encouraged to work from home where possible. However, people who are not able to work from home (e.g. freelance coaches), but are able to work safely in their workplaces, can do so, provided their workplace remains open.
People on the borders can travel into England to work if they can’t work from home, likewise, people from England can travel into Wales to work.
For anyone still unable to work there is ongoing support for the self-employed; people may be eligible to claim financial support through the https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/self-employment-income-support-scheme-grant-extension
Daily Care - You can leave home to care for your horses. You should follow COVID protocol set by your livery yards, pre firebreak rules are still in place. People living on the Welsh borders can travel into England to care for their horses.
Hacking out - you can ride alone or in small groups the law states ‘away from private homes and gardens, you can meet other people, the maximum number of people who can gather together is four (not including any children aged under 11)’.
Travelling horses - There are no travel restrictions within Wales. If you need to travel across the border into England this should only be for ‘essential reasons’.
Vets, farrier, horse dentists, saddle fitters etc can work within Wales with pre firebreak rules in place.
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.
We’ll be available between 08.35 -17.00 Monday to Friday and between 10.00 – 16.00 Saturday and Sunday.
Call us on 02476 840517
If you are an APC please call 02476 840565 or an Approved Centre please call 02476 840509
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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