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Coronavirus (Covid-19): The Welsh kickstart…….
As Wales has ended their firebreak lockdown measures, the First Minister Mark Drakeford continues to remind everyone of the need to think about how they can protect their families from the virus. A new set of national measures were put in place in Wales yesterday (9th November) replacing the firebreak regime.
For ACU motorcycle sport, this means that ACU activity can commence outdoors in groups of up to 30 people as long as the activity is organised by an affiliated Club / Promoter or registered Coach/Trainer.
Simultaneous gatherings of groups are also allowed so long as there is sufficient space to do so safely and independently.
It is important to remember though that for those who live in England, travel is not permitted to attend an event in Wales. England remains in Lockdown until 2nd December and travel restrictions are applied, however travel is allowed for a number of reasons, including:
• travelling to work where you cannot work from home
• travelling to education and for caring responsibilities
• to visit those in your support bubble - or your childcare bubble for childcare
• hospital, GP and other medical appointments or visits where you have had an accident or are concerned about your health
• to buy goods or services from premises that are open, including essential retail
• to spend time or exercise outdoors - this should be done locally wherever possible, but you can travel to do so if necessary (for example, to access an open space)
• attending the care and exercise of a pet, or veterinary services
As much as motorcycle sport is part of our lives, in the big scheme of things, travelling to a motorcycle sport event is not considered essential travel.
Roy Humphrey, ACU Chairman commented, “As Wales comes out of their firebreak, it is important that everyone in Wales adheres to the new easing of restrictions again to minimise the risk of infection. Equally, for those of us in England, we don’t need to be travelling to Wales, especially to compete in a motorcycle sport event. Motorcycle sport might be our passion, but we need to be looking at the bigger picture and be sticking to the Lockdown measures issued by the UK Government to help reduce the R number. As the festive period is fast approaching, families will want to get together at Christmas if allowed and where possible. We all have to do our bit to help achieve that”.