Guidance published yesterday (23 March) by the government confirmed that pet retailers would be “exempted” from closure during this lockdown.
The statement read: “It is clear that the Government’s rationale behind their decision to close a range of businesses and shops last night (23/3/20) is to curb the movement of people and, as far as possible, ensure that people remain at home to slow the transmission of the disease.
“Therefore, until we obtain specific information to the contrary, PIF believes that unless exempted, businesses should close in order to keep themselves and their customers safe from the Covid-19 virus.”
It added: “We are also seeking clarity from the devolved governments on their positions with regard to businesses and service provision from pet professionals during lockdown.”
PIF also said it has put a”range of measures in place for its members” and will continue to “liaise with and support members” with as much information and guidance as it can during this time.