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The ACU are releasing regular documents which give guidance to those planning to run events during the current Covid-19 restrictions, which we will make available on this site. Organisers and competitions are advised to check back here regularly for the latest information:
Click on the link below for an Excel spreadsheet containing venues and Safety Advisory Groups in the ACU Eastern region.
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:
Coronavirus (Covid-19): National Lockdown 5th November – 2nd December
Covid-19 infections are rapidly increasing across the whole of the UK and in other countries. Listening to the Scientific evidence, the infection rate is doubling every nine days. As such, the UK Government has ordered a second national lockdown for England which will take effect from Thursday 5th November until 2nd December.
So, in terms of motorcycle sport, where does that leave us? The answer is straight forward with no ambiguity. For the period of the national lockdown, all ACU activity in England which includes competition, practice or training should not take place. Any ACU permit issued for activity to take place during this period is cancelled.
Everyone must do their bit to act now to help in controlling the spread of the virus. The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives.
From Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December, the Government is taking the following action:
The map below shows the current Tier levels within the UK
With the easing of lockdown restrictions, travel has now opened up, but, there are still countries with quarantine regulations to contain any possible spike in Coronavirus. This will have an impact on our riders and officials if they do return from a country that is not on the Coronavirus Travel Corridor List, like Spain is currently!
Any rider or official would have to self-isolate for 14 days on their return meaning they will not be able to attend of compete in any ACU Permitted event during this period which could be a National Championship event!
To ensure that we as the National Governing Body are complying with current Government guidance, we would therefore have to impose a 14 day restriction and place those affected on the Stop List during this period.
Riders and Officials thinking of going overseas to compete/officiate must take these rules into consideration when making a decision whether to attend or not.
The government is satisfied that it is now safe to ease these measures in England and has introduced travel corridor exemptions for some countries and territories. Exemption rules You may not have to self-isolate when you arrive in England, if you are travelling from one of the countries or territories listed below in the link . That is because these countries or territories are: covered by the travel corridor exemption within the common travel area (Ireland, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man) British overseas territories You will need to self-isolate if you visited or made a transit stop in a country that is not on the list in the 14 days before you arrive in England. This applies to all travel to England, by train, ferry, coach, air or any other route. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) continues to advise against non-essential international travel, except to countries and territories exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travel. You will have to comply with coronavirus requirements in the country you travel to. This may include self-isolating or providing your details to local authorities.
FCO travel advice includes information on any health measures in place for visitors to a country or territory. These can include a requirement to self-isolate, quarantine or undergo testing for coronavirus, or even restrictions on entry.
Government Guidance Link -coronavirus-covid-19-travel-corridors
Finally, and most importantly, before and while you are travelling, check: Current FCO coronavirus advice Current FCO travel advice for the countries you are travelling to Make sure you have appropriate travel insurance in case you have unexpected costs.
Neil Doctor General Secretary
Sidecar Trials Update
The ACU’s Trials and Enduro Committee are constantly monitoring the current pandemic and wish to announce the easing of restriction for sidecar trials, as from 1st August sidecar trials entries can be accepted as long as both driver and passenger reside in same household.
To clarify the organiser will need to submit names of both to ACU T & E Department firstname.lastname@example.org for approval at least 10 days before the event and only after receiving confirmation can these entries be accepted. The basis of checking household residence will be via the current ACU licence/ Trials registration system and only the current address on system will be accepted. No one event licences will be acceptable.
This does not alter the situation regarding the ACU Wessex Plant Hire British Sidecar Championship and until the easing of social distancing no rounds of this series will take place, although the situation will be regularly monitored.
Organisers who do wish to include a sidecar class in their event must conform to following criteria
· The Supplementary Regulations must clearly state that any sidecar entries will strictly be restricted to riders/passengers from same household bubble.
· Such Residence will be confirmed via ACU licence system and only the address shown will be acceptable
· Once organiser receive an entry it is Provisional and details sent to ACU T & E Dept as outlined above
· If criteria is confirmed the organiser will be noted as soon as possible that the entry can be accepted in order for them to confirm with entrants
Neil Doctor General Secretary
The Restart of Offroad Sport 28th May 2020 (Word Document)
Covid19 Grasstrack Risk Assesment (pdf)
Click on links above to view/download documents
Following recent changes in government guidelines the situation regarding the admission of spectators to events is we believe is as follows:
Spectators at ACU Permitted Events. Spectators can be admitted to ACU Permitted events if individual Organisers feel confident within themselves that they are content to allow spectators into their event and that they have the capability / space at the venue which allows for Social Distancing Measures to safely take place. Organisers must ensure the following:
A Risk Assessment has been put in place to ensure control measures have been considered to mitigate the risk of infection (as outlined in the Safety Assessment Statement above, this risk assessment may be used provided the Organiser accepts responsibility and puts in place the control measures outlined in this document.
Covid-19 Time Card Enduro Risk Assessment 14th September 2020 (pdf)
Covid-19 Sprint Enduro Risk Assessment 14th September 2020 (pdf)
Covid-19 Cross Country Hare & Hounds Enduro Risk Assessment14th September 2020 (pdf)
Covid-19 Extreme Enduro Risk Assessment 14th September 2020 (pdf)
Click on links above to view/download documents
Resumption of Youth Training & Practice (These guidelines apply to England and IOM only)
We know that everyone is keen for the resumption of youth activity as soon as it is safe and appropriate for them to do so and following the publication of the latest government guidelines on exercise, the ACU are happy to announce that youth training and practice can resume in England and the IOM in line with current training and practice timelines. This decision is based on government guidelines detailing the use of public spaces, outdoor activity and exercise. In case you haven’t seen the latest guidance the link to the document is given below:
Training: Under the new social distancing guidelines, which allow up to, but no more than six people to gather, parents can take their children to a 1-1 coaching or training session, as long as the gathering does not exceed six people. Any sports coaches or trainers undertaking 1-1 sessions should ensure they are complying with relevant ACU guidance/advice and conduct a thorough risk assessment before engaging in any sessions. This should include particular consideration for under 18s and vulnerable adults.
Practice Events: The latest Government advice is that it is important children have as many chances to be as active as possible, so, youth participation can now be included in Practice Permits. With immediate effect, permit applications may be sent to the relevant Discipline Secretary to apply for a Practice Permit for practice events including youth to commence from 8th June. An updated Covid-19 Risk Assessment with guidance on youth practice will be produced for each discipline in due course and sent out by Race Secretaries.
It is important to say that any return to activity must take account of local conditions and any risk assessment for normal activities should be undertaken as well as ensuring that all government guidance around Covid-19 is taken into account.
Summary of dates:
Activity_________________ Permit Application Date_____ Event Date
Coaching/Training _______ 27th May 2020 ____________ 1st June 2020
Practice Events__________ 1st June 2020 _____________ 8th June 2020
We will update Centres and Clubs in Scotland and Wales when Devolved Governments review their current guidelines
Assistant General Secretary
Telephone: 01788 566434
Dear Motocross Clubs
Firstly, I hope that you and your families are all keeping well. Following Wednesday's Press Statement, I have some positive news at last.
In line with the two ACU press statements issued 13th May "ACU & AMCA planned return to Motorcycle sport" and 27th May "The Wheels Start to turn..." we are pleased to be able to get practice and small events underway in the coming months.
Initially it may all seem a bit strange but hopefully if and when your clubs starts up again the attached Covid 19 Risk Assessment and General Principles (The restart of Off R Road Sport) document will help you comply with Government Guidelines and Recommendations.
Please be aware that when you apply for a permit you will need to return your Covid 19 Risk Assessment with the application & SR's. We appreciate there is a lot of information to take on board so I've listed below the main changes as we enter this phase of the return to sport. I've attached the Practice Permit Guidelines for those clubs that may consider this option.