Many shoots have been preparing for the forthcoming game shooting season and have been able to do so safely in accordance with the relevant COVID-19 restrictions.
Guidance is changing all the time, but below is a summary of those areas that may be relevant for those preparing for the new season.
You are now allowed to meet in groups of up to 6 people from different households outdoors but certain measures will still be in place.
You do not always have to meet with the same household - you can meet with different households at different times. However, it remains the case - even inside someone’s home - that you should socially distance from anyone not in your household or bubble.
You should not gather outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than 6 should only take place if everyone is from just two households.
Please note, that at present, guidance states that it will be against the law to gather in groups larger than 30 people, except for a limited set of circumstances to be set out in law.
There is more information about the guidelines you should follow when meeting people you do not live with here.
If you are re-opening your business or you need the latest guidance from the Health and Safety Executive there is some specific information for those working outdoors.
Your business will need to translate the guidance into the specific actions it needs to take, depending on the nature of the business, including the size and type, how it is organised, operated, managed and regulated. You will also need to monitor these measures to make sure you continue to protect visitors and workers. For more information visit these pages.The NGO was recently part of a group of rural organisations who wrote to the Environment Secretary to highlight the significant importance and benefit that game shooting delivers to the well-being of the countryside. The letter summarised the issues for the shooting sector and can be read in full here.
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must: