Advice to Hunts during Coronavirus (Covid-19) Outbreak - updated 7th August 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.

England, Scotland and Wales
In line with the lifting of all restrictions, there will be no compulsory limits or restrictions on summer activities run by hunts.  There are no legal limits on numbers meeting outdoors or indoors.   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 be worn in indoor crowded public spaces.

Scotland - there are different requirements for wearing a facemask in certain public spaces.  Information can be found at

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

Updated: 7th August 2021