Government advice regarding safe working where 2 m social distancing cannot be maintained during outdoor work can be found be following the below links:
Veterinary surgeons need to use their professional judgement at all times, and minimise the potential risks to themselves, their teams and clients as far as possible.
Government guidance states that "Where the social distancing guidelines cannot be followed in full in relation to a particular activity, businesses should consider whether that activity needs to continue for the business to operate, and, if so, take all the mitigating actions possible to reduce the risk of transmission between their staff. BEVA considers that this would apply in emergency situations.
Mitigating actions include:
- further increasing the frequency of hand washing and surface cleaning
- keeping the activity time involved as short as possible
- using screens or barriers to separate people from each other
- using back-to-back or side-to-side working (rather than face-to-face) whenever possible
- reducing the number of people each person has contact with by using ‘fixed teams or partnering’ (so each person works with only a few others)