18 Mar 2020

ABRS official statement regarding Coronavirus (COVID 19)

ABRS official statement regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, issued 18/03/2020.

“This is a concerning time for employers, employees and clients of riding schools and trekking centres.  We advise that all of our centres have strict biosecurity protocols in place in line with government guidance on health, hygiene and self-isolation.

We support approved centres to operate with caution, but to remain operational with restrictions on group numbers and direct contact, with social distancing procedures in place to protect the vulnerable. Horse riding is an outdoor activity but with the correct biosecurity measures in place and maintained, horse riding can continue, where it is safe to do so.

We recommend that in line with Government guidance that all social gatherings within centres are postponed. We are here to provide support to our members through this challenging time.”

Useful information

NHS Guide to Coronavirus https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Moral and Legal Obligations as an Employer (from the Equestrian Employers Association) https://equestrianemployers.org.uk/news/433/advice-for-employers-on-coronavirus

Advice for employers on paying staff and reducing hours (from the Equestrian Employers Association) https://equestrianemployers.org.uk/news/435/advice-for-employers-regarding-their-business-and-employees

BEF Official statement https://www.bef.co.uk/News-Detail.aspx?news=coronavirus-update-180320

BHS help for schools https://www.bhs.org.uk/our-charity/press-centre/news/2020/march/bhs-centres-covid-19

HMRC Coronavirus helpline 0800 0159 559

The Government advice page for businesses is currently being updated at 2pm each day and can be found here. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19