COVID-19

Advice to Hunts during Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak - updated 3rd November 2020

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 3rd November 2020

Further to the Government announcement on Saturday 31st October, the Hunting Office can confirm that Hunting activities in England should cease from the evening of Wednesday 4th November.

Hounds can be exercised from the kennels (or transported to an area to exercise safely), but this should be done by Hunt Staff only (or a small number of regular volunteers to ensure the safety of hounds on exercise) and only for the purposes of the routine daily care of the hounds. Horses can continue to be exercised, but only as part of their routine daily care and maintenance of fitness. Hunt Staff can continue mounted hound exercise if required, but only for the purposes of maintaining hound fitness.

As soon as we know more about the restrictions which could be in place after this date, we will inform all hunts.

The cessation of Hunting in Wales between Friday 23rd October and Monday 9th November currently remains in place. We will continue to update hunts should this situation change.

Hunting activities in Wales (update 20th October 2020)

Further to the recent announcement by the Welsh First Minister, the Hunting Office can confirm that Hunting activities in Wales should cease after 6pm on Friday 23rd October, until Monday 9th November.

Hounds can be exercised from the kennels (or transported to an area to exercise safely), but this should be done by Hunt Staff only (or a small number of regular volunteers to ensure the safety of hounds on exercise) and only for the purposes of the routine daily care of the hounds. Horses can continue to be exercised, but only as part of their routine daily care and maintenance of fitness. Hunt Staff can continue mounted hound exercise if required, but only for the purposes of maintaining hound fitness.

As soon as we know more about the restrictions that will be in place after Monday 9th November we will let you now. We appreciate that this is a difficult time for everyone, however please make sure this guidance is followed, so we can resume activities as soon as possible.

 Updated: 3rd November 2020