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MetiNews.Com - New guidance will affect people who need to walk their dogs
Breaking News ! The Government has confirmed new rules for people walking their dogs while the coronavirus pandemic continues. Advice for pet owners, which was updated on January 13, states you can now go out more often than once a day if you need to walk your dog. And animal charity the RSPCA has welcomed the guidance, which will make it easier for people in England to walk and exercise their dogs amid ongoing lockdown restrictions. Advice for pet owners now outlines people with dogs can go out more often than once a day to exercise their canine companion if necessary. However, people are still advised by the UK Government to "limit this where possible". Receive newsletters with the latest news, sport and what's on updates from the Liverpool ECHO by signing up here Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed England would be plunged into another strict national lockdown with people ordered to stay at home and schools closed in a bid to curb a spike in coronavirus cases. The lockdown came into effect on January 5 and will last until at least mid-February. Under lockdown restrictions, people may only exercise outside the home once a day but this differs for pet owners. The RSPCA said the decision to relax this so pet owners can meet the exercise needs of their dogs locally is a "common sense approach" which avoids discriminating against dogs in single-person households.
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Dr Samantha Gaines, the RSPCA's head of companion animals, said: "The RSPCA really welcomes this important new guidance for England from the UK Government, which is a common sense approach for dog owners and their pets. "Under these rules, dog walkers may now go out more than once a day to meet the exercise needs of their dogs. This stops the rules penalising dogs living with one person - and also ensures more consistency with lockdown rules in Wales, where there is no cap on how many times someone may walk their dog. Exercise in Wales must start and stop from the home. "We all must do our bit to stop coronavirus - so it’s important people understand the restrictions and keep local. Keeping dogs on leads at this time can help ensure social distancing, and will avoid owners unnecessarily coming into contact with one another should a pet need to be retrieved." The RSPCA continues to urge local authorities across England and Wales to ease locally-imposed rules on where dogs can be exercised - known as Public Spaces Protection Orders, which often restrict dogs from being walked in certain places. This will help ensure adequate provision of local dog walking spots during the lockdown, to help keep people in their immediate communities and prevent unnecessary travel.
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