Coronavirus ( Covid-19) guidance for animal activities businesses
COVID-19 guidance is changing regularly, and we would advise that you keep yourselves up to date with the latest information.
We wish to support businesses, but only in compliance with the latest government guidelines, police information and where safe to do so for yourselves, your customers and the wider public.
We are currently unable to undertake any inspections for new licences or licences due for renewal during the government restrictions.
If you have received a renewal reminder, please submit your application. Your current licence will continue in force until such time as restrictions are relaxed and we are able to carry out an inspection.
- Government advice for people with animals
- Canine & Feline Sector Group Business Guidance (updated 4 July 2020)
- British Horse Society
- British Veterinary Association
Boarding cats and dogs
Further to the latest government guidelines, boarding of animals should only be continued to support essential key workers (e.g. NHS staff) or vulnerable people unable to care for their animals.
You must implement all reasonable precautions to operate to the latest government guidelines. Examples of how you could do this may include:
- Restrict contact with the owner of the animal in line with social distancing guidelines
- Make sure you clean your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds at a time
- If you collect and drop off animals maintain social distancing, wash your hands regularly, clean your vehicle between collection/drop off
- Maintain social distancing when walking dogs, use your own leads that can be cleaned between use and don’t let off the lead.
- Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Thoroughly clean areas used by dogs/cats before another animal is introduced
When walking dogs, you should stay local and use open spaces near your home. Do not travel unnecessarily, adhere to the government’s advice on essential journeys to minimise your time outside of your home.