Posted on 21st March 2020

Protecting Yourself and Your Yard against Coronavirus

At this time of restriction across the UK, it is important to have a plan of action with regards to the wellbeing and management of animals in your care, as well as considerations for your own income and managing the needs of employees and clients.

Restrictions are in place and, should these follow the rest of Europe, will likely further tighten. This may mean equestrian establishments – including livery yards- will have to reduce visitors or close completely, even to owners of the horses.I would urge all Yard Owners to read this article giving helpful advice to plan for this time. It is better to have a plan and not use it than not have one at all:

Keeping Your Yard Safe During the Covid-19 Outbreak (Courtesy of Horsemart and LiveryList) 

Yard and horse owners MUST prepare for any eventuality. There is a lot of hearsay and I would advise everyone to ensure information is taken from, or verified by, official sources.

The BHS and BEF websites are being regularly updated with information:

BHS Corinavirus Information and Updates

British Equestrian Federation Coronavirus Information and Updates

Liveries should consider the position Yard Owners face given the current and potential restrictions and should do what they can to minimise the management of their horses and reduce the workload of yard owners.

The LiveryList hub remains open should yard owners want to use the resources for this time, or to take the coming weeks as an opportunity to review their yard procedures and paperwork:

Livery Yard Owners UK: Discussion and Advice

The way each business and individual chooses to deal with the outbreak is up to them, but it is inevitable that this will have a huge effect on businesses and the industry as a whole.

Currently, the UK government is putting in place provisions to help business owners, employees, and employers through these times by way of financial aid and business support. This includes deferring VAT and Income Tax payments, Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Relief Package, Business Rates Holiday, Business Interruption Loan Scheme and more.

More information can be found on this here:

Covid-19 Support for Businesses

Further information on the outbreak and updates on the current situation can be found on the following websites:

World Health Organisation (WHO)
National Health Service (NHS)
UK Government 

By clicking on the image below, you can also open a printable PDF version free for your use:

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