Covid-19: Advice and Supports for Equine Owners, Employers and Employees
COVID-19 continues to present challenges, and the long-term effects have yet to be revealed. Equine personnel are strongly encouraged to follow all of the current government guidelines to protect their own health, and that of others within their communities. It is difficult to reference advice specific to each individual situation.
Information provided here is hoped to offer some general advice and practical tips; whilst also providing links to other supports and information available. At an individual level we must all act with wise heads, and with a considered and conscientious approach.
Latest updates and advice
See below short updates of both information and advisory notes for equine owners and employees.
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- Resilience and Recovery 2020 - 2021 here
- Roadmap for re-opening society and business here
- National Business Support Centre
A national business support centre has been established for businesses who have queries and can be contacted at 01 6312002 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Read more here
- Equestrian Covid Framework available here
- Equestrian Covid-19 Signage
- Equestrian Sport-Ready Submission
Horse Sport Ireland safe sport resumption document submitted to government can be accessed here
- Export of Horses (updated Monday April 20th 2020)
Resumption of the issuing of export certificates is now in place with some flexibility in arrangements agreed, subject to on-going review during the Covid-19 situation.
Certification for movements to the EU will be processed by local Regional Vet Offices R.V.O. Contact Details
Certification for movements to Third Countries e.g. Australia and China will continue to be processed by the Live Trade Division of DAFM.
Guidance notes have been issued to registered operators.
Revenue Covid-19 Supports
Employer/ Employee Payments
Pandemic Unemployment Payment has been extended to 1 April 2021
Temporary Covid-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme, FAQs and Employer Eligibility and Supporting Proofs; A new Employment Wage Support Scheme will succeed the Temporary Wage Subsidy Scheme and run until April 2021. Employers whose turnover has fallen 30% will receive a flat-rate subsidy of up to €203 per week per employee, including seasonal staff and new employees. (July Stimulus 2020)
Update on payments awarded for Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment and Enhanced Illness Benefit on September 21 2020 here
Business/ Job Supports
July Jobs Stimulus read more here
Government outlines measures to support businesses impacted by Covid 19 on May 2 2020 here includes:
Warehousing (deferral) of tax liabilities - for a period of twelve months after recommencement of trading it is possible to defer tax liabilities, during which time there will be no debt enforcement action taken by Revenue. This will allow businesses affected by COVID-19 to delay payment of their PAYE and VAT debts in part of in full for a set period with no interest or penalties. In order to provide support to taxpayers experiencing difficulty with tax liabilities, the interest rate applying to agreed repayments of all tax debt (where agreement has been reached prior to 30 September 2020) will be reduced to 3%. Businesses should discuss this with their financial advisors.
Credit Guarantee Scheme - state backed loans; Further information here
Temporary Reduction in Standard Rate of VAT read more here
Online Retail Scheme read more here
- Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection helpline 1890 800 024 OR 01 2481398
- Citizen's Information helpline 0761 074000
- DAFM Covid-19 helpline 076 1064468, 9.30am - 12.30pm and 2pm - 5pm Monday to Friday
Some Tips for Businesses
- Revisit promotional materials ensuring it communicates unique selling points, and is compelling in 'call to action'
- Update content and imagery on websites - pages can be kept dormant until required
- Clean up database of contacts - segment if necessary ensuring most relevant messages get to the right people (Ensure GDPR compliant)
- Compose sample social media posts, collate suitable images, and consider posts that could be used seasonally for the business
Clear communication with clients is of utmost importance at this time.
Where to focus your business in stessed or distressed conditions
General advice to navigate Covid-19
Some simple protocols that you can put in place which will hopefully help those managing equine enterprises to navigate this challenging period. Take steps to protect your own health, the health of family, employees, clients, horses and business. Some useful links to financial supports are also available here.
View the publication here Some recommendations to protect the health of humans, horses and business from the effects of Covid-19: