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Covid-19 Event Guidance

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:

Event Signage
The following signs for use at events are available for download:
Venues & Safety Advisory Groups plus Covering Letter

Click on the link below for an Excel spreadsheet containing venues and Safety Advisory Groups in the ACU Eastern region.

Email from ACU Head Office - November 10th
Email from ACU Head Office - November 10th

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 (9
th 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 2
nd 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”.
Kind regards
Gary Thompson MBE BEM

Email from ACU Head Office - November 1st
Email from ACU Head Office - November 1st

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 5
th 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:

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for specific purposes.
  2. Preventing gathering with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.
  3. Closing certain businesses and venues.
Until Thursday 5 November, the relevant local Covid alert measures will continue to apply in the area where you live. Then from Thursday 5th November, the new measures will apply nationally for four weeks up to Wednesday 2 December. At the end of that period, the UK Government will look to return to a regional approach, based on the latest data.
For those living in Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands you will be required to follow the guidance/advice/rules issued by your devolved governments and as such ACU/SACU permits issued for events to take place in those areas will apply as per the local rules.
Roy Humphrey, ACU Chairman commented ‘We live in an ever-changing situation and it is important that we all keep up to date with Government guidance / advice.  The latest announcement made by the Prime Minister was expected, so we need to adhere to what has been said.  I want to thank all our Organisers for their efforts, their flexibility and their adherence to UK Government and Covid advice issued by their Local Administrations.   Let’s see what happens in a month!’

How the 'Tier" system affects events and travel- Issued 29th October

The map below shows the current Tier levels within the UK

Guidance following ' The Rule of Six' - Issued 10th September 2020
Overseas Travel - Issued 30th July 2020

Good afternoon,

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.
Kind regards
Neil Doctor General Secretary

Email from ACU Head Office - 30th July 2020

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
mary@acu.org.uk 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

Kind regards
Neil Doctor General Secretary

The following documents are available for download:
The following documents are available for download:
Email from ACU Head Office - 24th July 2020

Dear All,

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.

  • The Local Authority is contacted to inform them of the intent to hold an ACU permitted event and that it is intended to allow spectators into the venue and to confirm that suitable control measures have been put in place to ensure the venue is Covid-19 Secure as per the guidance / advice issued by the UK Government and the Auto-Cycle Union.
  • The Landowner is content for the event to take place and the landowner is content that spectators will be admitted to the event.
  • A Track and Trace method is put in place to record details of spectators being admitted to the event.
  • There is not a requirement to take details of every individual, based on the fact that any other persons in the vehicle / pillion passenger are from the same household / support bubble, but details of the driver of the vehicle or rider of the motorcycle should be recorded.

The details required are: Name, postcode / house number. Mobile number and/or email address.

To assist, the Risk Assessment template has been updated to account for this change. We cannot stress enough that you should complete the template in accordance with your specific club and venue, and your advice to the local authority is acknowledged

Youth Sport
The Wheels Are Now Turning For Youth Riders……

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 

Kind regards
Neil Doctor
Assistant General Secretary
Telephone: 01788 566434
Website: acu.org.uk

Clubs can now apply for practice permits from the ACU Office for Practice Days taking place from 8th June and include Youth classes if they wish.

Email from ACU Head Office - 29th May 2020

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.

  • No two day events
  • No Spectators allowed
  • No Sidecar Sport
  • No Youth Sport
  • No overnight camping.  (Riders will be expected to arrive early on the morning of the event or practice)
  • Adult riders must be 16 years of age or over (Practice & Competition)
  • Reduced rider numbers for practice and small events
  • On site = Rider + 1 additional person
  • No National Events or British Championships to be run in this phase
  • Officials and Personnel in the "Extremely at Risk" category due to age or health must be shielded and not permitted to attend. 
  • Officials and Personnel in the "At Risk" category must be shielded
  • Remember under the current Nations guidelines you should not be accepting riders resident in Wales, Scotland or Ireland in you are running in England.
  • Premier permits £25.00 & premier rate insurance for practice days per capita,  Basic Practice Permits £440 and Basic Competition Permits £500.
In addition please keep an eye on the ACU website for updates by clicking this link https://www.acu.org.uk/News/Club-News/

We are here to help, so if you need any further clarification please contact me either by phone or email.

Best regards

Sonia Goggin
ACU Motocross Secretary

01788 566404

The following documents are available for download: