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Horses at Willowbrook Farm.

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Interim Guidance for Equine Operations

Updated June 16, 2020

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets released the following Interim Guidance for Equine Operations on June 11, 2020. This guidance is provided for equine farms, consisting of recreational, boarding and breeding operations. It does not apply to racing and other equine competition venues.

A phased re-opening of New York State is underway. Due to their open space and outdoor nature, activities associated with the equine industry are permissible so long they are consistent with the outlined requirements. The industry must adhere to all social distancing, cleaning, and sanitation guidelines.

For purposes of this guidance, equine activities include: the breeding, boarding, exercise, and transport of horses, the riding of personal horses at boarding facilities, and the oversight or instruction of riders.

*Please note that where guidance in this document differs from other guidance documents issued by New York State, the more recent guidance shall apply.

Required Face Coverings

On April 12, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.16, directing essential businesses to provide employees, who are present in the workplace, with a face covering, at no- cost, that must be used when in direct contact with customers or members of the public during the course of their work.

Executive Order 202.17, directing that any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering must cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance. Executive Order 202.18, directing that everyone using public or private transportation carriers or other for-hire vehicles to wear masks.


Equine farms must post Stop the Spread signage (alternative languages for the signage are also available) in conspicuous locations and follow the proper hand washing/hygiene protocol.

Last updated June 16, 2020