Different regulations apply to certain parts of the UK. Get familiar with the guidelines in your area by visiting your government website.
Strict restrictions will apply in England from Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December. These include:
- Staying at home unless you need to travel for essential purposes, such as work where you cannot work from home, exercising in a public place, including walking your dog, any medical concerns and education.
- Not meeting socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or social bubble. You may meet in outdoor public places with people you live with, your support bubble, or one person from another household. Check for exceptions to this rule.
- Non-essential shops, entertainment venues and indoor and outdoor leisure facilities. Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers, click-and-collect and takeaway for restaurants.
For more information visit Gov UK’s website.
In Wales, the general population, must adhere to the following rules:
- you can form an ‘extended household’ with one other house which will form a part of your bubble. This means you’ll be allowed overnight stays and to meet them both indoors and outdoors – further guidance on this will be published by the Welsh government shortly.
- up to four people from four different households can meet in places such as pubs, parks and restaurants, but not in private homes or gardens
- if there are more than four people within your extended household, then you can still meet with them
- you must always stick to social distancing guidelines with those outside of your bubble
The above measures do not apply to those in local lockdown areas. Those areas under tighter restrictions are not allowed to meet with anyone outside of their own household indoors or in any indoor public space, such as pubs, restaurants and shops.
If you are in a local lockdown, restrictions mean that you are unable to travel to and from that area unless for work or education purposes. This will mean you can only exercise your dog within your area.
Check restrictions in Wales for more information and current guidelines for more information.
On Monday 2 November, Scotland introduced a new five level system to help tackle the spread of Covid-19. They have provided guidance on issues that might affect pet owners, but check the Scottish government’s website for more detailed guidance.
- Level zero: Indoor meetings of up to eight people from three households are allowed. Up to fifteen people from five different households can meet outdoors.
- Level one: You should not visit people from another household in your or their home. Indoor meetings in a public place, such as a restaurant, and outdoor meetings are allowed with up to six people from two households. In a public place, children under twelve do not count towards this number.
- Level two: You should not visit people from another household in your or their home. Up to six people from two households can meet inside in a public place (such as a restaurant) or outside, such as a park or pub garden. Avoid non-essential travel to level three and four areas.
- Level three: You should not visit people from another household in your or their home. You can meet indoors in a public place and outdoors with up to six people from two households. Avoid unnecessary travel out of your area. Hospitality venues, eg pubs and restaurants, won’t be able to serve alcohol and must be closed by 6:00pm.
- Level four: No indoor meeting between households. You can meet indoors in a public place and outdoors with up to six people from two households. Keep journeys inside your area to a minimum and avoid unnecessary travel outside your area. Only essential shops will be open. Hospitality venues will be closed but can offer takeaways.
Keep socially distanced (two meters apart) from anyone outside your household. Find out more about your local protection area level and the restrictions in place.
From 16 October 2020 there will be additional restrictions in place in Northern Ireland, for four weeks. This will include:
- no overnight stays in private homes that don’t form a part of your social bubble
- a reduction to social bubbles, with up to 10 people from two different households
- no unnecessary travel
- no more than six people to gathering a private garden from no more than two households
- limiting gatherings outdoors to 15 people, unless this is a part of a sporting event. When meeting outdoors, social distancing measures must be followed, with the two meter rule in place in Northern Ireland.
The Department of Agriculture , Environment and Rural Affairs states that, ‘there are no restrictions on the use of animal care services or on training or exercising animals during the pandemic.’
Check restrictions in Northern Ireland for more information.