For specific enquiries related to Covid-19, please email covid-19@basc.org.uk

Outdoor recreational activities, including shooting, can take place and there are no restrictions on how far you can travel. Shooting activities include target shooting, recreational and essential pest control and recreational deer stalking.

All holiday accommodation is allowed to open as long as establishments follow appropriate guidance.

Non-essential retail businesses, including gun shops, are allowed to open.

Outdoor recreational activities can take place allowing up to 30 people to take part and social distancing applies. Click here for specific government guidance on this.

A guidance document has been produced by BASC to help those who run game shoots to identify and manage risks posed by Covid-19 on shoot days.

Click here to download BASC Covid-19 shoot guidance for England

Click here for the latest Government guidance for England.

Outdoor recreational activities, including shooting, can take place and there are no restrictions on how far you can travel. Shooting activities include target shooting, recreational and essential pest control and recreational deer stalking.

All holiday accommodation is allowed to open as long as establishments follow appropriate guidance.

Non-essential retail businesses, including gun shops, are allowed to open.

Outdoor recreational activities can take place allowing up to 30 people to take part and social distancing applies.

Click here to read more.

Travel restrictions in Scotland have been lifted and it is possible to travel anywhere in Scotland for outdoor recreation, including shooting activities such as target shooting, recreational pest control and recreational deer stalking. Travel into and out of Scotland is also allowed.

Non-essential retail businesses, including gun shops are allowed to open.

All holiday accommodation is now permitted to open as long as establishments follow appropriate guidance. Visitor attractions are also permitted to open.

Up to 15 people from five different households are permitted to meet up outdoors, providing social distancing is maintained.

Click here for the latest Government guidance for Scotland.

Travel restrictions in Wales have been lifted and it is possible to travel anywhere in Wales for outdoor recreation, including shooting activities such as target shooting, recreational pest control and recreational deer stalking. Travel into and out of Wales is also allowed.

Non-essential retail businesses, including gun shops, are allowed to open.

All holiday accommodation is allowed to open as long as establishments follow appropriate guidance.

From Monday 3 August up to 30 people will be able to meet outside, while social distancing, regardless of how many households they are from.

Click here for the latest Government guidance for Wales.

COVID-19 guidance visits for game shoots

It has been a year like no other and the Coronavirus pandemic has created uncertainty for shoots up and down the country. As restrictions begin to ease, the prospect of a shooting season is improving, but we need to stay safe. BASC is launching COVID-19 guidance visits to help ease this transition and secure opportunities for shooting this year.

We have pulled together a number of resources to help pass the time.
From fun activities for children to how to prepare your dog for the season, we have something for everyone.

Parliamentary response

The chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Shooting and Conservation, Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown, received an answer to his parliamentary question from the 13 May.

Q: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to enable the early resumption of (a) clay shooting and (b) target rifle shooting after the covid-19 outbreak.

It is vital that people continue to be active during the Covid-19 outbreak to support their physical and mental health.

On 11 May, Government published updated guidance on lockdown measures, including updates on how people can remain active. Since Wednesday 13 May, people have been allowed to go outside more than once a day for exercise as long as they are following social distancing guidelines, alone, with members of their household, or with one person from outside of their household. People must still only exercise in groups of no more than two people, unless they are exercising with their household.

All outdoor sports and physical activities are now permitted, without time limit, including outdoor shooting, with the exception of swimming in an open-air swimming pool. This does not apply to individuals’ private swimming pools within their own homes.

The Government has said people can now leave their homes for the purposes of open-air recreation in public open spaces to promote their physical or mental health or emotional wellbeing. What counts as “open-air recreation” is not defined in the regulations but would include shooting. The regulations define public open spaces as:

(a) Land laid out as a public garden or used for the purpose of recreation by members of the public;

(b) land which is "open country" as defined in section 59(2) of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act 1949, as that definition has been extended by section 16(1) of the Countryside Act 1968;

(c) land which is "access land" for the purposes of Part 1 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 (see section 1(1) of that Act)

The Government has published guidance on the phased return of outdoor sport and recreation. Outdoor sports courts and other outdoor sporting activities are permitted to reopen if those responsible for them are ready to do so and they can do so safely, following public health guidance. This can be found on the GOV.UK website here.

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