Riding Schools – is there a glimmer of hope as restrictions ease?


Monday 29 March 2021 is a date that many British Riding Schools will welcome: it’s the date they can resume some of their normal activities!

From 29 March 2021, outdoor sports and leisure facilities can open, and organised outdoor sport is allowed.  This is positive news for Riding Schools as so many have been struggling to survive during the pandemic and will no doubt continue to do so for some time to come; let’s find out how the lifting of some restrictions will impact on them today.

Riding Schools:

  • Riding schools can reopen to the public for lessons
  • Outdoor and covered arena and facility hire can resume
  • Only take-away food and drink can be sold
  • Organised competitions permitted for adults and children
  • There is no limit on the number who can gather for organised sport providing social distancing measures are in place.

Step two is planned from 12 April and will mean:

  • Indoor sports facilities can open
  • Self-contained accommodation
  • Outdoor hospitality

Riding Schools:

  • Indoor facilities in riding schools can re-open, e.g. gym or indoor horse simulator
  • Residential camps can resume where the accommodation is self-contained and restricted to one household e.g. staying overnight in a lorry
  • Food and drink can be sold to be eaten at an outdoor seated area

Step three is planned from 17 May (at the earliest and at least five weeks after Step two)

  • 30 person limit outdoors
  • Indoor hospitality
  • Accommodation
  • Large events, capacity limits apply

Riding Schools:

  • No more than 30 people to congregate together in a social setting e.g. barbeque
  • Food and drink can be purchased and consumed indoors
  • All accommodation reopens e.g. B&B and Horses Welcome
  • Spectators can return to events. Numbers restricted to 1,000 or 50% for indoor events and 4,000 or 50% for outdoor events

Step four is planned from 21 June 2021 (at the earliest and at least five weeks after Step three)

  • No legal limits on social contact

Riding Schools:

  • No restriction on the number of people who can congregate together
  • No restriction on the numbers of spectators

This information was gathered from the BHS website, to view:  Click here


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