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New Covid rules laid out by Executive Committee PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Monday, 29 March 2021

members only.pngThe HTA Executive Committee have issued the new rules that everyone will have to follow for the 2021 season relating to Covid 19.  

These rules will be reviewed as we move through the season and amended according to national guidance.  

Anyone wishing to attend any of the Trial trails and the Championship trails must be a member of the HTA. Anyone wanting to become a member can do so by contacting John Bromage - 01946 23714 or by email - This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

The trails will be behind closed doors, for members only, which is required for track and trace purposes. Anyone presenting with symptoms of Covid 19 should not attend any  hound trailing event and should self isolate. 

The entrance gate to the field must have a table with two plastic boxes to receive the entrance fee and hound entry fee; the person manning the gate must be one metre from the table and will take entries for the relevant grades advertised with exact money only as no change will be given. Payment must be made with plastic notes or coins only for cleaning purposes.

Vehicles must be parked at least one metre apart, adhering to the social distancing policy; members must not enter other members’ vehicles and must stay at least one metre apart. 

For the Slip the promoter must provide a rope on the ground with tape marking every one metre to adhere to social distancing.

If the slip is restricted and social distancing can’t be adhered to, in line with government guidelines, a mask or face covering is advised to be used at the slip. 

During these Covid-19 regulations there will be no ‘marking’ of any hound at the slip. 

Due to the frantic nature of the catch the HTA are fully aware social distancing will be very difficult so in line with government guidelines where social distancing can’t be guaranteed all handlers are advised to wear a mask or face covering for the duration of the catch. The barrier should be as long as feasibly possible to accommodate the catch and must be marked with tape every 1 metre

The Judge, Camera operator and catchers are advised to wear a mask or face covering and catch the relevant ticketing hounds adhering to the social distancing measures. 

Prize money will be made available on a table in an envelope for collection after the completion of the trail, all prize money not collected by the end of the meeting will go to the promoter’s balance sheet.

Bookmakers and caterers are asked to implement their own covid-19 measures in line with government guidelines. Members are asked to adhere to the social distancing guidelines while in the bookies area and queuing for catering facilities. 

The HTA will accept no responsibility for any measures individual bookmakers or caterers choose to implement.

Those laying the trails must always wear gloves and dispose of them at the end of the trail laying. 

Only the road scout/s and their vehicle should be at any road crossing, so strictly no other members at the road crossing. 

Promoters have the option to use a football scratch card to replace a prize drawing, this is similar to a ‘dog board’ and the winning team will receive a cash prize defined by the promoter. 

The normal raffle prize process has been suspended for season 2021.

Maiden and Open Restricted grades will revert to pre Covid-19 rules for season 2021. 

Promoters have to make sure that these guidelines must be placed as a notice on the entry gate to every fixture along with a sign displaying ‘Behind Closed Doors - Members Only.

Promoters must disinfect all gates, fences and any other surfaces touched by members in the vicinity of the trail field when everyone has left the trail field. 

Some members are in the category of over 70 and/or ‘increased risk’ groups. Are they not permitted to attend the trail field?

The HTA is aware that some members may be at ‘high risk’ of coronavirus, according to the most up-to-date NHS advice. Those individuals are advised to carefully consider the latest NHS guidance throughout the above regulations, to not bring additional risks to their own health and safety.  

Whilst the above regulations do not require the HTA to prohibit ‘increased risk’ individuals from the trail field, everyone is strongly urged to act in their own best interests in line with the NHS advice. 

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