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Appendix 1: Considerations for events involving animals and show rings

While events, such as agricultural shows come under the banner of outdoor events, some of the regulations covering them may involve regulation from other sectors of industry.   This is very much the case in terms of agricultural shows, for example.

DEFRA Animal health licensing and regulations:    Organisers should consider how these requirements can be managed to maintain social distancing and the safety of those involved in handling animals.   Due to the biosecurity regulations for animal areas, disinfectant and hand washing points are already enhanced and the use of hand sanitizer in these areas is prohibited.

Ring Events and similar areas:    Consideration needs to be given to managing crowds gathering around rings where livestock are on show and displays take place.   It will be important to provide guidance on social distancing in these areas.   This may involve marking out spectator viewing points and creating tiered viewing points to help people see from further back.   Access to viewing points to maintain distancing needs to be considered.    It may be that some of these events will not be able to take place while social distancing is in place.

Small Animal Shows etc.:   A feature of many shows are the small animal marquees where visitors can walk round and see the animals that are being judged.   Social distancing rules need to be applied in these areas with clear signage directing people in one-way system around exhibits, much as they would follow signage in a supermarket.  The petting of the animals in these situations also needs to be assessed separately as it could provide a contact point for passing on the virus. 

Horses and Stabling:  All reasonable precautions need to be taken to avoid cross contamination where stables and other areas are used by more than one person.  

Non-cleanable surfaces:  Some materials used at events involving livestock, such as wood, are not disinfectable.   The erection of these areas should be managed to minimise cross-contact between workers and consideration should be given to using other materials at points (such as gates) that are likely to be touched by workers or the public.   Covering these areas with a disinfectable material might be considered.  See PHE guidance.

For green field events: 

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