In the wake yesterday’s government COBRA meeting, the Kennel Club has confirmed that Crufts 2020 is currently going ahead as planned.
A KC spokesman said: “Public Health England has not advised us to cancel the event. We are looking forward to welcoming our exhibitors and visitors as usual. However, this does remain an evolving situation and we will continue to adhere to the best available advice.
“We must be guided by the facts and most up-to-date medical information and, at the moment, advice from Public Health England has not changed – the most effective thing people can do to protect themselves is make sure that they wash their hands for 20 seconds or more. Following the COBRA meeting, the government has said it is ‘important that people go about their business as usual’ for the time being.”
There will be ‘enhanced measures’ to help protect Crufts visitors, exhibitors, clients and Kennel Club staff at the show, which runs at the NEC from Thursday to Sunday this week (March 5-8).
“Everyone should note that the main message from Public Health England is on personal hygiene, therefore staff, exhibitors and visitors are also being encouraged to maintain good hand, respiratory and personal hygiene by employing the ‘Catch It. Bin It. Kill It’ ethos.
“Additional signage and bottles of hand sanitiser will be introduced in toilets and the in-hall catering areas, to make it easier for everyone to clean their hands. In addition Crufts will be supplying a hand sanitiser station at each public and dog exhibitor entrance.
“We are ensuring all exhibitors are aware of current travel restrictions and guidelines, and adhere to these. All individuals without exception are expected to abide by the advice of their relevant governments and national and international laws with regard to self-isolation and restrictions on travel. However, it is advised that everyone should familiarise themselves with the UK government advice and make individual decisions based on their circumstances and if they have any concerns to seek the advice of their doctor.
“We continue to monitor the situation with the Department of Health and Defra, and further updates, as and when we have them, will be issued on our official social media channels and website.”