BEF Guidance 26th November 2020

Posted on 26th November 2020

The government announced details of the revised three tier alert system for England earlier today and which areas would fall into each tier. The positive news is that equestrian activity can largely continue within number and setting restrictions based on the area’s tier level. Current lockdown restrictions remain in place until 00.01 on Wednesday 2 December and should be followed until then.

Overview of the tiers and how it relates to equestrianism

Tier 1 – Medium alert

Tier 2 – High alert

Tier 3 – Very High alert

Please note, the use of indoor/covered arenas for equestrian activity has previously been classified as outdoor activity in England and Scotland.

In all tiers, all equestrian facilities, yards and centres can open for lessons, hire and competitions. Horse owners and guardians can travel to care and exercise horses without restriction including travelling horses away from the yard for exercise, training/lessons, hire or competition. Hacking on a social basis should only be done within the rule of six. Where possible, travel into and out of tier three should be avoided.

In all tiers, coaches and equestrian practitioners can continue to operate within COVID protocols and risk assessments for the provision of a safe workplace. Travel is permitted between tiers but please observe the requirements of the tier you live in.

Check what tier your area has been placed in by postcode here. Link:

BEF Chief Executive Iain Graham commented; “While coming out of lockdown in England will enable much of our activity to continue, we must continue to remain vigilant and strictly follow all COVID protocols and guidance in place at venues, in the workplace, on yards and in any areas you visit and at home.

“There’s light at the end of the tunnel but we must all continue to play our part across the United Kingdom. So, be it in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, please enjoy your horses, carry out your work and open your businesses and centres of learning but please do it safely  we can avoid any further lockdowns in any areas.”

We published a guide to the help available for the self-employed and freelancers today to help this group who may have suffered under the restrictions hampering their ability to work.

Useful links

GOV.UK – local restriction tiers: what you need to know

GOV.UK – meeting others safely

GOV.UK – local restriction post code checker

The summary of this guidance is below:

The rules are available for each tier in these handy PDF’s –

Tier One

Tier Two

Tier Three


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