Kennel Club releases statement on event cancellations amid pandemic

Dog charity The Kennel Club has released a statement regarding cancelling its events amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The charity said the safety and security of competitors, spectators, volunteers and staff at Kennel Club events continues to be of “paramount importance”.

In light of the continued restrictions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the charity said it has taken the decision with regret to extend its strong recommendation that clubs and societies cancel forthcoming events until the end of September.

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It comes after the charity announced The 2020 Young Kennel Club (YKC) Summer Camp had been cancelled amid the ongoing pandemic. The summer programme for youths was set to take place between 12 August 12 and 17 August at Rutland Showground in Oakham, but will no longer go ahead.

Additionally, The Kennel Club canceled the 2020 International Agility Festival, which was due to take place between 6 August and 9 August at Rutland Showground in Oakham.

It said: “It is vitally important that those responsible for organising events, large or small, conduct a risk assessment which will include ensuring that the event is Covid secure, i.e being compliant with government advice and guidance on Covid-19.  

“We will be working on further advice to clubs and societies on the issues which need to be addressed in a risk assessment once the government publishes further guidance or instruction.”

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