As you may know, Governor Northam has issued a new Executive Order which went into effect on November 16, 2020. Some members have expressed concern that this may impact our hunting schedule. (To read complete Executive Order CLICK HERE)
The Masters of Foxhounds Association has had some very direct communication with the Governor’s office in regards to foxhunting. Fortunately, the Executive Order specifically states that “outdoor recreational sports activities are permitted”. We are further advised that the Governor has directly stated that the order is not intended to apply to outdoor activities such as foxhunting. This is helpful in that the “limit to groups of 25” does not apply while out hunting. However we should use common sense and be smart. We will be limiting our stirrup cups during this time, and please ensure that any post-hunt snacking follows appropriate Covid protocols. Also, please do not post photos on social media of hunting during this time.
We are fortunate to be able to carry on our sport in these times, and it is important that we are compliant with state policies and also sensitive to the perception of those outside of the hunting community.
Please call if you have any questions.