Advice to Hunts during Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak - updated 19th July 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.

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.  

Update: 19th July 2021

As of 19th July, the Government in England has lifted all legal restrictions on social contact.

In line with the lifting of all restrictions, there will be no compulsory limits or restrictions on summer activities run by hunts.  However, the risks of transmission should still be considered and caution should be taken to limit any spread.

The key advice remains as follows:

  • Test and Self Isolate - you should get tested should you have symptoms of Covid-19 and self isolate for 10 days if tested positive.
  • Fresh air and outdoor activities - the Government advises that the risk of infection outside or with ample fresh air is significantly lower than inside or in areas with little air flow.
  • Face coverings should still be worn in indoor crowded public spaces.

In Scotland, all areas move to Level 0 on 19th July. Outdoor sports and exercise (such as Fun Rides) are permitted in Level 0 with a maximum group size of 500 people. All activities should still take place in a Covid Secure manner, which includes undertaking a Risk Assessment, Event Delivery Plan, Track and Trace and ensuring Social Distancing at all times.

Outdoor Freestanding Events (such as Puppy Shows and Hound Shows) are also permitted in Level 0 with a maximum attendance of 1000 people. Capacity limits may differ for larger shows classed as Open Space Events where people are moving freely in an open space, rather than gathering in one place.

People can meet outdoors socially in groups of up to 15 people (excluding children under 12); and indoors in groups up to 8 people from 4 households.

Wales moved to alert Level 1 on Saturday 17th July. There are no legal limits on numbers meeting outdoors.

Organised indoor events can take place but should be conducted in a Covid Secure manner (Track and Trace, Event Delivery Plan, Risk Assessment, Social Distancing).  People can meet indoors socially in groups of up to 6 people.

Please contact the Hunting Office should you need advice about a specific activity or event.

Updated: 19th July 2021