New Covid tiers - can I walk my dog?

By walkiees on 01st December 2020

New Covid tiers come into force on the 2nd December 2020 with the majority of people will in tier 2 or 3. But what does this mean for pet owners looking to get out walking?

New Covid tiers - can I walk my dog?

Dog walking

You may leave your house to walk your dog. You should stay 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household or support bubble, or one metre with risk mitigation, such as wearing a face covering, where 2 metres is not viable.

When walking your dog in areas used by other people, you should consider putting your dog on a lead to ensure you can stay 2 metres away from others.

You should wash your hands before and after handling your dog.

If you’re walking dogs on behalf of someone not able to

You may walk a dog for someone who is unable to leave their house because they are self-isolating

You should wash your hands before and after handling the dog and keep 2 metres away from other people and animals, including when handing over the dog to the owner.

If you are self-isolating

If your dog cannot be exercised at home, you should ask someone outside of your household or support bubble to walk your dog for you, or access walking services provided by a professional.

Guidance

If you'd like further information you can visit gov.uk for further details. Be aware that restrictions may differ between England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland and if unsure you should seek advice from the relevant authorities.