British Equestrian Covid-19 Update

Posted on 18th July 2021

Imminent relaxation in COVID restrictions across the nations

This week we’ve had updates from the ministers across Great Britain of forthcoming relaxations of a number of COVID restrictions from today, Saturday 17 July in Wales, and Monday 19 July in England and Scotland. Northern Ireland will review their current situation on 22 July.

While a number of restrictions are being removed or reduced, British Equestrian recommends all stakeholders in the industry to remain vigilant, respect others, and follow hygiene measures to keep everyone safe and reduce the chances of transmission of the virus.


As of Monday 19 July, England will move into Step 4 of the COVID response roadmap, which in practice means:

Helpful links

Sport Englandcoronavirus restrictions FAQs

Northern Ireland

Current measures include:

There has been an indicative date for further relaxing of restrictions of 26 July, subject to a review on 22 July.


All remaining local authorities will move to Level 0 on Monday 19 July, which means:

The following restrictions will continue in place:

The government has indicated most of the remaining restrictions will be lifted on 9 August.

Helpful links

Horsescotland – Covid-19 | Horsescotland

Sportscotland Coronavirus (COVID-19) information and resources (


The country completes the move to Alert level 1 on Saturday 17 July, which brings in the following:

From Saturday 7 August, Wales will move to Alert level 0 (if conditions allow), where restrictions will relax further:

Jim Eyre, British Equestrian’s Chief Executive said; “This is welcome news for our industry, which has truly felt the full impact of the pandemic. The changes will allow businesses to operate more completely, events can welcome competitors and spectators in larger numbers, and we can all begin to move towards a sense of normality. However, I’d urge everyone to remain vigilant, respect others and continue to act with a degree of caution – now is not the time to undo the progress we’ve collectively made.”


The ABRS+ are pleased to be able to provide a range of resources to help our members and non-members exit lockdown safely and ensure the continued safety of their staff, clients and volunteers. As equestrian businesses enter the transition phase it is important for centres and yards to reassure clients that their facilities are a safe place to visit and that the correct measures and protocols are in place.

You can find details of our Covid Resources (available to members and non-members) here: Covid-19 Resources and Exiting Lockdown Safely


Government Links:

GOV.UK – Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support – GOV.UK (

GOV.NI – Coronavirus (COVID-19) | nidirect

GOV.SCOT – Coronavirus in Scotland – (

GOV.WALES – Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Topic | GOV.WALES


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