The British Deer Society is closely monitoring the situation since the Government announced over the weekend that there will be new national lockdown restrictions.
From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, the Government has issued the following restrictions for England:
- Stay at home, except for specific purposes.
- Avoid meeting people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
- Closure of certain businesses and venues.
We have noted in the Governments update that you can leave home for specific purposes. Some key ones to be aware of include:
Work and volunteering
You can leave home for work purposes, or to provide voluntary or charitable services, where you cannot do this from home. This includes professional based culling – see below.
You can leave home for education (formal provision, rather than extracurricular classes such as music or drama tuition), and training. However, some BDS courses will be postponed due to accommodation difficulties or vulnerability as designated by the NHS and PHE, of course candidates.
In addition, you can exercise or visit outdoor public places with:
- the people you live with
- your support bubble
- when on your own, 1 person from another household.
If you live in England, you cannot travel overseas or within the UK, unless for work, education, or other legally permitted reasons.
Overnight stays and holidays away from primary residences in most cases are not allowed - including holidays in the UK and abroad. This includes staying in a second home or caravan, if you own one, or staying with anyone you do not live with or are in a support bubble with.
However, it is worth noting that stays overnight away from home are allowed if you are unable to return to your main residence and if you require accommodation for work purposes or to provide voluntary services.
The new rules indicate that working professional stalkers and deer managers can continue to work in line with Covid safety procedures. Other deer management may also take place as long as the guidelines for outdoor recreational activities are fully complied with.
Those covered by BDS Stalking Insurance are reminded that their actions must always remain lawful and not wilfully negligent.
Please remember that everyone’s circumstances will be different and that currently the restrictions and guidance for Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland differ from England. Updates from Government are frequent which may lead to changes in both restrictions and guidance and so we would recommend you check the current Government guidance for your area on a regular basis.
We will continue to monitor the situation, but Government advice is clear to stay at home as much as possible from Thursday 5 November.