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Horsemen’s Council of Illinois - Statement on COVID-19 Reopening Phase-1

May 1, 2020 Governors Executive Order https://www2.illinois.gov/Pages/Executive-Orders/ExecutiveOrder2020-32.aspx

Per a statement from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity regarding horses:

 “It is not specifically spelled out in the Executive Order, but it is our department’s legal opinion that horses need exercise and to be “worked out” to keep their muscle. Minimum activity, such as riding horses, is allowed. But the stables should not be open to business for sales or recreational purposes.”

The intent of the Phase-1 update is to recommend boarding barns open with barn specific guidelines so that horse owners have access to their horses. This is primarily in response to the opening of the state parks.

All recommendations are to be considered guidance and not legal advice. For further questions pertaining to your situation, please contact your Local Health Department or the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Recommendations for Barn Owners and Managers:

  • ·        Post your facility’s cleaning and disinfecting plan where everyone can see it. Include information regarding public areas (i.e. bathrooms will be open; the viewing room and kitchen will be closed.)
  • ·        Establish guidelines for use of communal equipment, tack, and grooming supplies
  • ·        Open to owners only (no visitors at this time) to limit the number of people coming into your facility
  • ·        Schedule appointments with boarders that work best for your facility, clientele, and your disinfecting schedule
  • ·        If possible, set hours for boarders to limit essential employees’ exposure (this may include feeding and turnout times, or when the vet/farrier/chiro is onsite)
  • ·        Exercising horses is considered essential
  • ·        Check with your insurance carrier to see what activities are covered by your policy during this time

Recommendations to Owners whose horse(s) are at a boarding facility:

  • ·        Be aware of others in the barn to maintain the 6’ distancing
  • ·        Wear masks per the Governor’s Executive Order when social distancing cannot be accommodated
  • ·        Read, respect and follow instructions from barn owners and managers
  • ·        Be aware of, and keep to, your allotted appointment time
  • ·        Refrain from touching your face and wash hands frequently

The extension of the stay-at-home order is difficult for all of us. Please remember although you can likely survive the Coronavirus, you might carry it to someone who might not be able to survive.

This is an unprecedented situation, but with cooperation and compliance from all, we can get through this and return to the full equine lifestyle we love and share.



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