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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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 Read more…

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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