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COVID-19

DEFRA GUIDANCE: Updated 12th March 2021
(This guidance is subject to change depending on Government advice)

ENGLAND ONLY - CHANGES TO OPERATING GUIDANCE

ALL BULLDOG RESCUE VOLUNTEERS AND STAFF HAVE ACCESS TO TWICE WEEKLY COVID TESTING

Step 1A (8th March)

The rules are unchanged for the pet industry and the restrictions in place for lockdown remain.


Step 1B (target, but no earlier than 29th March)


• All activities requiring contact with the public should continue to be by appointment only so that only one person (household or support bubble) is on the premises at any time.
• Handover of animals should continue to follow the protocol and take place where possible outdoors.
• Training classes organised by a business, charity, public body or similar may take place for either up to six people or from two households in any place outdoors. The organisation should ensure the activity takes place in a COVID-secure manner to ensure there is no mixing. Trainer and clients should wear face coverings and maintain social distance.
• Government have not yet provided revised guidance for groomers. We propose welfare grooming only as in the current protocol until further information is available
• Puppies or kittens may be collected from the breeder at a private home with the handover outdoors. Where the pet is bred at a commercial premises handover may take place indoors in a COVID-secure manner wearing facecovering and maintaining social distance. Viewing prior to purchase should continue remotely.
• Adopters may attend a re-homing centre to collect an animal as a single household or support bubble. Where the re-homing organisation is not a private home, handover may take place indoors in a COVID-secure manner wearing facecovering and maintaining social distance. Otherwise handover should take place outside. When appropriate a dog may be taken by the re-homing organisation to a home to meet an existing dog outside.
• A person relinquishing a pet may visit a re-homing centre to do so by appointment but must hand over the pet outside if the centre is a private home. Otherwise handover may take place inside in a COVID-secure manner wearing facecovering and maintaining social distance.
• Boarding establishments were permitted to accept unvaccinated animals in the light of restricted availability of veterinary services. Establishments must now require animals to be vaccinated prior to boarding as if in normal circumstances.

Step 2 (target, but no earlier than 12th April)


• All activities requiring contact with the public should continue to be by appointment only so that numbers are limited following a risk assessment to maintain COVID-security to prevent indoor mixing of different households.
• Handover of animals should continue to follow the protocol and take place where possible outdoors.
• Adopters may attend a re-homing centre to meet an animal by appointment. Where the re-homing organisation is not a private home, the meeting may take place indoors in a COVID-secure manner wearing facecovering and maintaining social distance. Otherwise the meeting should take place outside.
• Training classes may take place for either up to six people or from two households in any place outdoors except a private dwelling. Where the training is organised by a business, charity, public body or similar, and there has been a risk assessment larger groups are permitted commensurate with the venue. The organisation should ensure the activity takes place in a COVID-secure manner to ensure there is no mixing. Trainer and clients should wear face coverings and maintain social distance and hand washing after handling dogs is advised.
• Grooming should follow guidance for non-essential retail (more information to come in due course)
• COVID restrictions on dog walkers cease.


Step 3 (target, but no earlier than 17th May)


• Numbers should be limited following a risk assessment to maintain COVID-security to prevent indoor mixing of more than six people or two households or bubbles.
• Handover of animals may take place indoors by appointment with up to six people or from two households or support bubble.
• Training classes may take place for either up to six people or from two households in any place indoors except a private dwelling or outdoors for up to 30 people. Where the training is organised by a business, charity, public body or similar, and there has been a risk assessment larger groups are permitted commensurate with the venue. The organisation should ensure the activity takes place in a COVID-secure manner to ensure there is no mixing. Trainer and clients should wear face coverings and maintain social distance and hand washing after handling dogs is advised.
• Breeders may allow in-person viewing of puppies and kittens from up to six people or two household or support bubbles
• Purchasers may collect a pet indoors from a private dwelling by appointment for up to six people or two households or support bubbles.
• Adopters may collect an animal from a rehoming centre indoors in a COVID-secure manner.

Step 4 (target, but no earlier than 21st June)


• All restrictions removed. The use of appointments and face coverings is likely to continue to be advised.

 

THE GOVENMENT ROADMAP OUT OF LOCKDOWN

STEP1

Although the schools have gone back, this restriction lift has no impact on rescues and Bulldog Rescue will continue to follow the above guidelines unless DEFRA release anything to the contrary in the meantime

STEP2

From this date it is hoped that our kennel at Midhurst can begin to allow adopters back on site by appointment and that use of volunteer dog walkers can resume within social distancing boundaries and use of face masks

STEP3

This is the date we hope to resume indoor appointments, home checks and home visits and hope to be able to reinstate our Rehome from Home scheme

STEP4

It is hoped that, assuming the rest of the lockdown restriction lift goes to plan that we can be back to something relatively normal by this date although it is expected that the use of face masks and social distances methods will still be required

THIS GUIDE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE ON THE RELEASE OF UP TO DATE DEFRA GUIDELINES OR CHANGES MADE TO THIS ROAD MAP BY THE UK GOVERNMENT