Coronavirus Advice


BASC advice for Monday 12 April onwards

  • All outdoor recreational shooting activities are permitted.
  • Up to six people are permitted to meet up outside whilst socially distancing.
  • Outdoor sports facilities (including shooting ranges) are permitted to open.
  • All shops (including gun shops) are permitted to open.
  • Self-contained accommodation  is permitted to open.
  • It is permissible for people to travel into and out of England to take part in outdoor recreational shooting activities.
  • Formally organised outdoor sports are permitted and are not be subject to gathering limits but should be compliant with guidance issued by national governing bodies. Please note that ‘hospitality’ services such as serving of food and drink for consumption on the premises are not permitted.  Access our guidance document for simulated game shooting here.
  • Indoor leisure facilities including indoor shooting venues, are permitted to open but should only be visited alone or with household groups.
  • Shooting venues offering hospitality are permitted to open for outdoor service. The requirement to order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’) will remain.

No earlier than 17 May

  • Subject to review, people will be able to meet indoors in groups up to a maximum of 6 people (‘rule of 6’) or with one other household.
  • People will be able to meet outside in groups up to a maximum of 30 people for shooting and conservation activities. People from different households will still be required to socially distance from each other.
  • Indoor hospitality will be permitted. The requirement to order, eat and drink while seated (‘table service’) will remain.
  • Other forms of accommodation, such as hotels, hostels and B&Bs will be able to reopen.
  • Adult indoor group sports, including indoor group shooting activities will be permitted in line with ‘rule of 6’ gathering limits.
  • 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.

No earlier than 21 June

  • All forms of shooting and conservation activities permitted, with 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.

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 firearm certificates.

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