Ensure your farm visitor attractions are COVID-19-secure

Visitors watch a sheep shearing demo

If all goes well, and the government’s roadmap out of lockdown runs to plan, outdoor attractions in England, including farm visitor attractions, will be able to re-open on 12 April. Make sure you're ready.

COVID-19 safe

The government has published guidance to help businesses that operate outdoor visitor attractions to prepare and get ready to re-open their doors and welcome the public back safely. The guidance is intended to help businesses understand how to make their farm attractions and workplaces Covid secure. The Government guidance details the practical steps to help keep workers and visitors safe.

New industry code of practice

As well as making sure visitor attractions are Covid secure, farms running an attraction need to make sure that all the normal health and safety steps are taken. This includes taking measures to prevent ill health.

All animals naturally carry a range of micro-organisms, some of which may cause ill health and can be transmitted to humans. Though cases are rare, some micro-organisms, such as E.Coli, can present a hazard with the potential to cause serious illness and health problems. These can be particularly severe in young children. Action to manage these ill-health risks must be taken.

To help control the risk of ill health at farm visitor attractions, the NFU and partner stakeholders have revised an industry code of practice. The guidance contains practical advice on infection control, such as having an appropriate lay out and hand washing facilities. Download The Industry Code of Practice from the Visit My Farm website.

More information about hosting and arranging farm visits for school children can be found on the Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) website education pages.

Training and accreditation

If you are looking for training and accreditation for your farm, you should investigate the training for farmers pages on the LEAF website.

The Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme (CEVAS) is a training scheme for farmers that consists of two parts:

  • the accreditation of the staff involved in the visit and
  • the accreditation of the premises being suitable to host school visits.

Upon successfully completing the training, you will receive a qualification from the Open College Network. The Access to Farms Partnership will issue a logo and certificate of achievement to use for promotional purposes. Further details of the scheme, including a calendar of course can be found at CEVAS Farmer Training (visitmyfarm.org).

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