COVID-19 Resources for Equestrian Facilities in California

The state of California has issued the following guidelines for equestrian facilities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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COVID-19 Resources for Equestrian Facilities in California
Although there is no evidence that horses can contract or become ill from COVID-19, practice good hygiene by washing your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds or using at least 60% alcohol hand sanitizer after touching a horse, communal areas, or communal equipment to prevent environmental spread of the virus. | Photo: iStock
This guidance is based on what is currently known about the transmission and severity of COVID-19. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), in consultation with the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), will update this guidance as needed and as additional information becomes available. Local environmental health and public health agencies might have additional guidance and/or requirements regarding these operations in their jurisdiction.


According to an order by California Governor Gavin Newsom, essential critical infrastructure workers include those in animal agriculture. Individuals providing care and exercise to ensure the health and welfare of equines in California are essential workers.

Equestrian facilities must prepare for possible impacts of COVID-19 and take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We are gaining more understanding of COVID-19’s epidemiology, clinical course, immunogenicity, and other factors as time progresses, and the situation is changing daily.

Best Practices Guidelines for Equestrian Facilities

It’s necessary to act in a manner that incorporates Governor Newsom’s Executive Orders to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and protect California families and communities

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