Following the statement made by The Kennel Club at the beginning of July, The Kennel Club Board would like to continue to reassure competition organisers, exhibitors and competitors that our sports committees remain committed to working on solutions to help enable shows, competitions and other events to resume as and when they can and it is safe for them to do so.
All risk assessments are unique to each event and venue, taking this into account we can share a range of headings which must be considered within a risk assessment. The purpose of which is to ensure that all reasonable steps are taken to mitigate the risk of transmission of Covid-19 and to implement social distancing amongst participants. These include:
Be flexible and adaptable
One of the most important considerations is to think of the impact on financial planning, for example reduced capacity in respect of entries or spectators, local lockdowns and cancellation and the additional costs of signage, hygiene and cleaning measures required as well as all the pre financial costs in running an event.
The sorts of measure to take into account include:
- The social distancing parameters 2m/1m (with mitigation), 10m2 per person density, ‘last mile’ (zone around event venue) and the effect on its local amenities such as hotels, campsites, pubs etc
- Entrance/exit, queue management, pinch points – congestion, crowd density/capacity, ring management, touch points (shared equipment etc), ventilation (indoor venues), hygiene, catering, toilets, PPE masks
- Individuals you need to think about - competitors/exhibitors, veterinary cover (if applicable to the event), judges, stewards, visitors, and any trade stand holders
- Arrangements for ‘Test and Trace’
Tony Allcock OBE, Kennel Club Chairman, said: “The Board would like to acknowledge the tremendous efforts being made by Kennel Club staff, many of them working remotely due to the current pandemic which has generated a vast number of enquiries. Event management and planning also involves a huge amount of work including liaison with associated bodies, all of which has been dealt with in a very efficient way often under very challenging circumstances.
“The Board shares the anguish and frustrations of the dog world with this enforced halt of our beloved hobbies; the same sentiment is being expressed by many involved in other similar competitive leisure activities. However, the overriding concern for all at this time is to keep people safe. We have sympathy with those trying to arrange events, large or small, and cannot stress enough the importance of keeping abreast of the Government’s guidance which is regularly changing and Local Authority consultation is essential. We are continuing to liaise with Government but in the meantime there is a range of advice and guidance for clubs and societies on our website for those which are considering running a show or trial.”
Due to the pace of changing information we suggest that for current Government advice for all parts of the UK please visit the following websites:
- England – gov.uk/coronavirus
- Scotland – gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19
- Wales – wales/coronavirus
- Northern Ireland – nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19
To view The Kennel Club advice for shows and societies, please read more about resumption of licensed events.