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Dog Walking During Covid-19 Alert Level 3

On Thursday 30th April, MPI and MBIE amended the restrictions on some animal care activities - including dog walking, grooming, and daycare - which were originally not permitted during Alert Level 3. The new guidelines do allow for these, provided that it is a contactless service and operators have a WorkSafe plan in place.

If you're planning to reengage the services of a dog walker or trainer (or groomer, or daycare facility), make sure they have a Covid-19 safety plan, and that it's available for you to see.

The key points in my plan are:

  • Solo walks only - no bubble mixing
  • Existing (pre-lockdown) clients only - no new clients, no work under contract to a third party
  • All walks will be on-leash
  • All walks will commence from the client's house  - no driving to a walk destination
  • Strict hand hygiene and physical distancing