Trade body the Pet Industry Federation has issued a statement to people running pet services businesses, such as groomers, dog walkers, and kennels and catteries.
PIF says it ‘strongly believes’ that pet service businesses should temporarily close during the outbreak but that it is still down to individual owners.
“The Government aims to curb the transmission of covid-19 and to save lives by reducing the movement of people through them staying at home; and by them adopting social distancing measures and hygiene protocols.
“PIF strongly believes that the best way for pet service businesses to act in these circumstances is to temporarily close their businesses during this covid-19 outbreak in order to keep them, their families and their customers safe. PIF hopes that many pet service businesses will be able to join the ones who have already closed to protect people from catching covid-19.
“While government information is still forming, the decision to close comes down to the individual business owner, unless new government guidance is issued which is beyond doubt.”