COVID-19: Advice for stalking visitors to the UK
The British Deer Society has received enquiries concerning deer stalking visits from overseas, some of which have stemmed from misunderstandings caused by inaccurate or speculative information published elsewhere.
Current Government intentions are known to be as follows:
- Measures and restrictions are to be placed at the UK border.
- All international arrivals (apart from a small number, expected to be essential service providers only, which will be permitted exemption) will be required to self-isolate in their accommodation for 14 days after arrival in the UK.
- International arrivals unable to demonstrate where they will self-isolate will be placed in accommodation arranged by the Government.
- All journeys within the Common Travel Area (an open borders area consisting of the UK, Ireland, the Isle of Man & the Channel Islands) will be exempt from these measures.
These measures are expected to be introduced shortly and can be interpreted as ruling out stalking visits from overseas for the immediate future. For further information on international travel, see the COVID-19 Recovery Strategy (page 29).
It is stressed that, while stalking has become possible in England as long as specific conditions are met, additional restrictions on outdoor movement and travel remain unchanged in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Government advice currently states we can all help control the virus this means we must:
- stay at home as much as possible
- work from home if you can
- limit contact with other people
- keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
- wash your hands regularly
- Self-isolate if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.