Current position on resumption of equestrian activity

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Further to the guidance released by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) on 13 May and British Equestrian’s subsequent statement on Friday 15 May, equestrian activity may resume in an outdoor environment only in England. Current lockdown restrictions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland restrict riding for exercise and preferably within the boundaries of where the horse is kept.

The current government position in England is as follows:

‘The government has announced that people can go outside more than once a day for exercise, alone, with members of their household, or with one person from outside of their household as long as they are following social distancing guidelines. You must still only exercise in groups of no more than two people, unless you are exercising exclusively with members of your household.

‘Outdoor sports courts and other outdoor sporting activities are permitted to reopen if those responsible for them are ready to do so and they can do so safely, following public health guidance. Indoor facilities such as clubhouses should be kept closed, apart from toilets and throughways. Clubhouse bars and restaurants can also offer take-away services.’

Indoor schools do not fall under outdoor facilities and as such should remain closed to the public and clients at present. An outdoor arena with a roof (but no sides/walls of any construction) is permissible. If access to an outdoor facility and/or toilets is via an indoor arena, this is permissible solely for access and two metre social distancing must be maintained.