COVID-19: Updated restrictions across the home nations from the BEF

Posted on 20th December 2020

We have received the following update from British Equestrian:

The nations of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will all have tightening of COVID-19 restrictions, either with immediate effect or in the coming days, so members of equestrian industry are urged to familiarise themselves with the changes.

From all leaders, the overriding message is to observe:

The following is a summary of changes across the home nations, but please visit government websites for full details.

England

Action: Tier 4 introduced in areas of the south east, east and all of London, including:

Find out what tier you’re in using the post code checker online.

https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions

Time frame: Review 30 December

Guidance:

TIER 4 – STAY AT HOME

Link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home

As a reminder, the tier ratings for the remainder of England are:

TIER 1 – MEDIUM ALERT

TIER 2 – HIGH ALERT

TIER 3 – VERY HIGH ALERT

Scotland

Action: Country moved to level four from 00.01hrs on 26 December.

Time frame: Restrictions remain until level four is lifted.

Guidance:

The government advice outlines the overall requirements while horsescotland has specific guidance for the equestrian community.

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/pages/protection-level-4/

horsescotland guidance – https://www.horsescotland.org/covid-19support

Wales

Action: Country moved to level four from 20 December

Time frame: Reviewed in three weeks

Guidance:

Link: https://gov.wales/alert-level-4

Link – level four FAQs https://gov.wales/alert-level-4-frequently-asked-questions#section-58322

Northern Ireland

Action: A set of stricter measures are being introduced from 26 December to 2 January, then further regulations from 2 January.

Time frame: Six weeks with a review after four weeks

Guidance (from 2 January):

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/coronavirus-covid-19-regulations-guidance-what-restrictions-mean-you

The BEF coronavirus hub has further information

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