I manage a shooting related business and I have closed my business during the coronavirus outbreak following government guidance. What government support is available to me and similar businesses during this time?

England For advice on specific business support in England and an overview visit here. Wales For advice on specific business support in Wales visit here. Northern Ireland For advice on specific business support in Northern Ireland visit here. Scotland All shops in Scotland, including gun shops, are classified as a retail business and are therefore eligible to apply for a £25,000 retail, hospitality and leisure support grant. Shooting ranges, such as clay grounds, are also eligible. Grants can be applied for via local authority websites. Other rated businesses which are not registered to premises defined as ‘shootings’, ‘deer forests’ or ‘game larders’ should apply for the small business support grant, also available via local authority websites. For advice on specific business support in Scotland visit here.

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I have questions about Coronavirus for BASC. How do I contact you?

Although our staff are currently working from home as per the government’s social distancing advice, our experts are on hand to answer questions relevant to their department. If you email covid-19@basc.org.uk in the first instance, your query will be forwarded to the relevant person and they will get on touch with you.

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Because of social distancing measures, I will now be undertaking essential pest control alone. Should I be taking any additional safety measures?

It is good practice when working alone to put some additional safety measures in place. As a minimum you should inform someone of where you are going, and your return time. (What3words.com is a useful website to give someone an accurate location). A ‘buddy system’ of regular ‘check in’ phone calls with a family member or colleague may also be appropriate if you are working alone for extended periods. In the event that you fail to get in contact, then your contact should know the steps to take in order to locate you or if necessary raise the alarm with the emergency services.

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Can I travel to my shoot and undertake recreational shooting such as getting the clay trap out or doing some repairs to the pen?

In Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales non-essential travel should not be undertaken and the above would not be following the latest government Coronavirus guidance. Clay shooting and other recreational shooting activities are now permitted in England and there is no restriction on the distance that you can travel. You can also carry out these activities with someone from your household or with one person who is not. BUT you must follow government guidelines around self-distancing and gatherings.

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Is my BASC liability and personal accident insurance valid while I am providing pest control for farmers, for instance to protect vulnerable crops from pigeon or deer and to protect lambs from fox predation?

Yes, provided it is legitimate activity in accordance with BASC’s insurance policy. However, we would stress that members should operate within the Governments Covid-19 guidelines as failing to do so could leave them with no insurance cover but still liable to pay compensation to a third party.

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I work on a game farm. Am I allowed to travel to work as I need to care for animals?

Yes, essential travel to work is permitted if you are unable to work from home but again whilst at work you must follow government coronavirus guidance around social distancing. You may also wish to get a letter from your employer advising of your need to travel to work to show the police, should you be stopped Click here to read the government’s latest advice on this.

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I am a gamekeeper and live on the shoot where I am employed, am I still allowed to undertake my normal tasks away from the house?

Yes, if you follow government coronavirus guidance around social distancing. It would also be a good idea to make arrangements for someone to provide cover for specific work areas such as trap checking should you be unable to check them.

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