Advice to Hunts during Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak - updated 26th March 2021

The Hunting Office’ priority is to continue to provide support and advice for hunts and their members during this ever evolving Covid-19 crisis, especially with updates on Government guidance and schemes. We will continue to provide the necessary administrative service, care and support for all hunts, hunt staff and hunt officials.

The Hunting Office is monitoring the Government advice and will update guidance to hunts as applicable or if any changes occur that affect the running of Hunts, Hunt Kennels or Hunt Stables.

The Hunting Office urges all Hunts, their Members and Staff, to continue to follow the Governments Guidance and Restrictions regarding Coronavirus (especially with respect to Washing Hands, Social Distancing and Self-Isolation).

Hound and Horse welfare is of critical importance, and we therefore advise that those required in the day to day care of the Hounds and Horses should prioritise work as necessary so standards of care are maintained, whilst still following the Government advice on social distancing, self-isolation and regularly washing hands.

Update 5th January

Further to the recent announcements from the Government and the escalating national situation, all Hunting is suspended (across all tiers) with immediate effect.

Hounds should be exercised from the kennels, but this should be done by Hunt Staff only (or regular volunteers genuinely needed for the safety of the hounds) and for the purposes of the routine daily care of the hounds. Horses can continue to be exercised from the stables, but only as part of their routine daily care and maintenance of fitness.

Update: 22nd February 

The Hunting Office has advised registered hunts that hunting activities will not resume before 29th March.  We will keep all hunts updated regarding the evolving restrictions which will be in place after that date.  

Update: 26th March 2021

England: as of 29th March formally organised outdoor sports activities can resume.   Activities organised by Hunts must be run in line with the following restrictions:

  • Covid Secure manner which includes undertaking a Risk Assessment, Event Delivery Plan, Track and Trace and ensuring Social Distancing at all times. 
  • The Government are still advising people to stay local, therefore activies should cater for the local community and travel should be minimised as much as possible.
  • Those taking part in activities should form groups of no more than 6 (or 2 households). 

Wales: as of 27th March groups of no more than 6 from 2 households (excluding any carers or children aged under 11 from either household) can meet outdoors for exercise.  Travel into or out of Wales is still prohibited unless for essential purposes. 

Scotland: Non-contact outdoor group sport/exercise permitted in groups of up to 15 people.  Stay local rules apply therefore activies should cater for the local community and travel should be minimised as much as possible.

Please let us know if you have any queries and contact the Hunting Office should you have any questions about specific organised activities.

Updated: 26th March 2021