Further to the Prime Minister's announcement on Saturday 31st October, the Hunting Office has advised hunts that all hunting activities in England are to be suspended in line with the lockdown from Thursday 5th November until the restrictions are due to be lifted on Wednesday 2nd December.
Hunting in Wales is currently suspended, however the national rules published on 2nd November indicate that from Monday 9th November, up to 30 people may take part in organised outdoor activities. The Hunting Office will issue further advice to packs in Wales once the guidance has been clarified in relation to hunting activities.
In Scotland, the new five tier system came into force on 2nd November whereby hunting can be conducted under certain conditions in Tiers 0-3 with a maximum of 30 participants, however hunting cannot take place in Tier 4. There are, however, restrictions on travel and we recommend that travel to other areas, regardless of levels, should be avoided. The Hunting Office has issued specific advice to packs in Scotland who will have to continue to conduct their activities in a Covid-secure manner.
Those living in England should not travel to hunt with packs outside England.
Polly Portwin, Head of Hunting at the Countryside Alliance said: “There are difficult times ahead for everybody and we have to ensure, we appreciate the significance hunting plays in the lives of so many, which is why the Alliance will campaign for hunting to recommence as soon as the restrictions are lifted.”