Can dog groomers stay open in new lockdown?

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Boris Johnson announced earlier this week that England will be under a national lockdown, in response to rising coronavirus cases in the country. The lockdown could last for several months, and MPs have now voted to back legislation which could keep the lockdown in place until the end of March 2021. Several businesses and services are allowed to stay open during the lockdown, as they are considered “essential”.

Can dog groomers stay open in the new lockdown?

According to the Government guidance, dog groomers can still operate during the third national lockdown.

The guidance lists “animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and animal groomers” can stay open, providing they are “used for animal welfare, rather than aesthetic purposes”.

The Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG) guidance on pet grooming services was updated on January 6, 2021.

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The guidance states: “Pet groomers may accept a dog to be groomed by appointment for welfare but not aesthetic reasons.

“The necessity for an appointment is to ensure social distancing between clients.

“If dogs are brought to site owners should remain in their vehicles until staff are ready to accept their dog.

“The business handover protocol set out by CFSG should be followed and should take place in an outdoor space large enough for the client and staff to maintain their social distance.”

The Pet Industry Federation (PIF) statement on the topic of pet grooming in light of the national lockdown reads: “Professional pet groomers provide an essential pet welfare service which is important to maintain during a period of lockdown.

“PIF would consider aesthetic purposes to be services such as creative grooming, facials, nail painting, and fur-dyeing.

“These activities should not be undertaken during a lockdown.”

Further details on the guidance for pet groomers during the third national lockdown can be found on the CFSG and PIF websites.

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Are vets open during lockdown?

It’s important pet owners continue to look after their animal’s welfare during the lockdown, and that pets are kept up to date with treatment and vaccinations.

Veterinary services are open during the third national lockdown, and they are defined as an essential service.

The Government lockdown guidance states “vets and retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals” can remain open in England during the lockdown.

The Government has given stay at home orders for England, and the measures are expected to remain in place until at least mid-February.

However, leaving home for animal welfare reasons is permitted under the current lockdown rules.

The Government lockdown guidance for England states: “You can leave home for animal welfare reasons, such as to attend veterinary services for advice or treatment.”

If you need to visit your vet, contact them and they may give you advice about how to attend the practice for an appointment.

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