With effect from 5th November 2020 the UK will once again be in lockdown. This lockdown is a necessity in order to control the spread of Covid-19. The Horse Exchange understand that a UK lockdown has an impact on everyone, including horse owners as well as equine businesses.
BHS have released the following guidelines for horse owners and livery yards in England:
- Riding schools are not listed as business which are required to close in the Guidance for the National Restrictions for England.However Stables are identified as business that should close within the legislation which can be found here.
- Exercise outdoors is permitted and this includes horse riding. This can be undertaken with the people who you live with, your support bubble or one other person
- You can travel for exercise if you need to make a short journey to do so
- You are permitted to leave your home to care or exercise an animal or horse where they are not kept at home
- You can leave home to seek advice about the health or welfare of your horse including veterinary, farriery, dentistry and physiotherapy treatments
- Farriery, veterinary and physiotherapy treatments can continue
- When visiting a livery yard or stables you should avoid unnecessary social contact and gathering with people who you do not live with
- You should follow the Covid protocols which are in place and maintain social distancing
- You should not visit a livery yard if you have coronavirus symptoms, are awaiting a test result, if you live with anyone who is exhibiting symptoms or who has tested positive or if you have been notified to self-isolate via Track and Trace