Coronavirus Advice


BASC advice for Monday 17 May onwards

England moved to step 3 of the Government’s ‘roadmap to recovery’ from the Covid pandemic. In combination with easing of restrictions at step 1 and step 2, we are able to advise the following:

·       All outdoor recreational shooting and conservation activities are permitted

·       It is permissible for people to travel into and out of England to take part in recreational shooting activities, and to stay overnight

·       Outdoor and indoor sports facilities (including shooting ranges) are permitted to open

·       All shops (including gun shops) are permitted to open

·       All forms of accommodation are permitted to open. Indoor and outdoor hospitality are permitted, subject to the requirement for ‘table service’ and the ‘rule of 6’ gathering limit

·       People can meet indoors, including for sports, in groups up to a maximum of 6 people (‘rule of 6’) or with one other household

·       People can meet outside, including for sports, in groups up to a maximum of 30 people

·       Formally organised outdoor sports are not be subject to gathering limits if they are compliant with guidance issued by the relevant national governing body. Please note that this does not apply to ‘hospitality services’ such as serving of food and drink which must follow the ‘rule of 6’.  Download our guidance document for simulated game shooting here.

·       Some large events, including conferences, theatre and concert performances and sports events will be permitted, subject to venue capacity and gathering limits.

·       Mitigations, including workforce testing and continued social distancing guidance will be required.

 Step 4, no earlier than 19 July

·       Subject to review, all remaining legal limits on social contact lifted.

·       Guidance will be published on the steps to take to limit transmission of the virus when social contact is no longer limited. 

Due to a rise in cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant, the Scottish government has (from 21st June 2021) imposed legal restrictions on non-essential travel between Scotland and the areas of Blackburn and Darwen. It is also advising against travel between Scotland and areas of the UK experiencing outbreaks of the COVID-19 Delta variant.

These latest restrictions are part of a wider measure put in place to prevent variants of concern being taken into Scotland from areas with high cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant.

Everyone shooting during the Covid-19 pandemic must consider the impact of their actions on the image and reputation of the sport. We all have a responsibility to comply with Government regulations and guidance, and failure to do so may place you at risk of a fine and jeopardise your shotgun and firearms certificate.

 Click here for the latest government guidance.