Shooting exempted from new COVID-19 restrictions in England
Following the latest article released this week by BASC (The British Association for Shooting & Conservation) many guns and gun dog handlers will by breathing a sigh of relief…
After substantial work by BASC and other organisations with government ministers and pro-shooting MPs, the government has announced exemptions, which cover shooting in England, to the rule of six which came into force (Monday, 14 September).
• Any outdoor physical activity which requires a licence issued by a public body for the activity itself, or for equipment used during the activity, will be exempt from the limits on numbers who may gather together
• For shooting, this means that where the organiser or a participant holds a valid shotgun or firearms certificate, there is no limit to the number of people who can gather for the purpose of the relevant activity while outdoors
• The organiser will be required to have undertaken a health and safety risk assessment and put in place all reasonable measures to limit transmission of COVID-19, including ‘test and trace’ protocols
• This exemption does not apply indoors where the gathering limit of six people will still apply
• Employees, such as beaters, pickers-up and loaders, are also exempt from gathering limits, both indoors and outdoors, where their gathering is necessary for work purposes.