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Pigeon Racing and Coronavirus: UPDATE

The following content has been agreed by members of the Confederation including RPRA, NEHU, SHU, WHU but excluding the IHU.

As of 23rd March the UK Government brought in further restrictions to limit the spread and impact of the coronavirus. As a direct result pigeon racing will be suspended until at least 23rd May 2020.

The RPRA and other Unions will continue to monitor the situation, and updates will be published when available.

Furthermore, while non-essential travel is restricted, the following applies to all members: training of pigeons is classed as non-essential travel and is therefore strictly prohibited.

Care of your birds
We understand that many members will be very worried about how to care for their pigeons, especially if you keep them at a location away from home.

Some key points to consider: Attending to the basic needs of your pigeons should be considered as ‘essential’, such travel is allowed – but you still need to comply with all of the latest government guidance.

Further advice -be prepared: Planning ahead is essential, and you should have alternative arrangements ready in case you are unable to attend to your pigeons for any reason.

The most important scenario to plan for is how your pigeons will be cared for if you become ill – ensure you have arrangements with your friends, family or fellow fanciers to be able to look after your pigeons in your absence.

Q&A
I am self-isolating, but I feel OK. Can I go to my pigeons as normal?
If you develop any kind of symptoms such as a raised temperature or persistent cough, current government guidance is that you should self-isolate for a minimum of seven days. Any pigeons kept away from home will have to be looked after by someone else for your period of self-isolation. Try to ensure that you always have enough food to last a fortnight at the loft.

I have been diagnosed with Covid-19. What should I do ?
If you have been diagnosed with Covid-19, the government guidance is that you must not leave your house, unless you are being moved to a hospital. So, someone else will need to look after your pigeons until you have recovered. You must not be tempted to continue looking after your pigeons until after you have recovered.

Delivery of One Loft birds: The latest Government restrictions highlighted that all non-essential travel should be avoided. Therefore entrants to the RPRA One Loft should be delivered using a courier.

Ian Evans
CEO

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