Posted on 24th February 2021
The UK Prime Minister and Scotland’s First Minister have outlined their plans for the taking England and Scotland out of the current ‘stay at home’ restriction. Both leaders have given indicative timeframes, which give the equestrian sector a guide for when activity can resume, businesses can open and competitions can recommence.
Wales and Northern Ireland
Lockdown restrictions continue with the next review due on 12 March, while a lockdown extension until 1 April was recently announced in Northern Ireland, with a review scheduled for 18 March.
The key dates and headlines are:
From 8 March: Riding Schools that provide formal courses (CIEC, BHS Stages, etc) may commence the provision of associated training and lessons.
From 29 March: Riding Schools may open for one-to-one and group lessons which must be provided under Covid-secure arrangements. Travel with horses outside the local area is permitted but distances should be kept to a minimum. The equine disciplines will put out specific guidance associated with their interest areas. Arena and other facilities may be hired out.
From 12 April: Self-contained accommodation hire permitted.
From 21 June: All legal limits on social contact removed.
Indicative dates and key milestones:
From 15 March (anticipated): Riding Schools may provide group lessons for 12-17 year olds (this is already permitted for under 12s) and for three people from the same household (with the coach as the fourth person from a second household). Four people from two households can meet for outdoor sport (for example hacking).
From 5 April (anticipated): Riding Schools may provide group lessons for five people from the same household (with the coach as the sixth person from a second household). Six people from two households can meet for outdoor sport (for example hacking).
From 26 April (anticipated): All of Scotland return to Level system of restriction. Initially the intention is that mainland Scotland will move to level 3. The islands currently at level 3 may drop to level 2, based on data. Further advice on what will be permitted will be provided in mid-March.