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