Political Update – 4 March 2021

Key lockdown dates for the easing of restrictions

The Prime Minister said the roadmap out of the pandemic aimed to be "cautious but irreversible" and at every stage decisions would be led by "data not dates". Mr Johnson later told a Downing Street news conference the coming spring and summer would be "seasons of hope, looking and feeling incomparably better for us all". The key dates are outlined on the attached diagrammatical which depicts the four steps of the roadmap.

ACU Motorcycle Sport

  • Permits for ACU permitted activity will commence from 1st April, ACU permitted activity can be Testing /practice/training and competition.

  • Risk Assessments have been drafted for each of the disciplines and distributed to Centres and Organising Clubs

  • Risk Assessments will be reviewed as each Step of the Roadmap is confirmed by the UK Government and updated Risk assessments then sent out to the membership.

  • Between 1st -12th April, ACU permitted events will be restricted to one day events only.

  • As overnight stays will be permitted after 12th April, two day events can take place after this date.

  • Unless the roadmap changes, then spectators will be allowed after 17th May, albeit reduced numbers dependent on the size of the event / venue.

  • DCMS and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will have been working with representatives from industry and civil society to explore when and how events with larger crowd sizes, less social distancing or in settings where transmission is more likely (i.e. indoors), will be able to return safely.

  • This includes sports events, music festivals and large weddings and conferences.

  • Over the spring the Government will run a scientific Events Research Programme. This will include a series of pilots using enhanced testing approaches and other measures to run events with larger crowd sizes and reduced social distancing to evaluate the outcomes. The pilots will start in April.

  • Controlled indoor events of up to 1,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity, whichever is lower, will be permitted, as will outdoor events with a capacity of either 50% or 4,000 people, whichever is lower.

  • The Government will also make a special provision for large, outdoor, seated venues where crowds can be safely distributed, allowing up to 10,000 people or 25% of total seated capacity, whichever is lower.

  • In addition, pilots will run as part of the Events Research Programme to examine how such events can take place without the need for social distancing using other mitigations such as testing

  • After 21st June, then all restrictions on social distancing and crowd sizes are removed provided the data supports such actions and the UK government allows this final step of the Roadmap to take place.

    Centres – Issuing of Permits

  • The ACU Board of Directors met on 2nd March and they agreed that Centres can issue Trials permits from 1st May for events starting in June. All of this is assuming that the government roadmap to easing restrictions remains on track.

  • Should any Centre want ACU Head Office to continue issuing their Trials permits after 1st May, please contact the General Secretary (neil@acu.org.uk) for further information.

    Motorsport UK

  • Close liaison continues with Motorsport UK.

  • A joint letter is being drafted by MSUK and the ACU to send to all Local Authorities explaining who and what MSUK and the ACU are and our efforts to align with the UK Government Roadmap and what steps we are taking to ensure our events are compliant with the UK Government guidelines.

    National Motorcycle Council
  • The NMC will be launched on Friday 5th March.

  • The NMC brings together the leading UK national motorcycle rider representative organisations. It has been founded in response to a need to create a combined voice for the motorcyclists lobby on significant issues of common concern and will provide additional campaigning power to the current work of individual motorcycling organisations.

  • Major issues of concern to motorcycle riders include among other matters, government transport policy, safety and licensing policy, access issues for motorcyclists, both urban and rural, plus regulatory matters affecting motorcycle sport.

  • The NMC’s founding members are the Auto Cycle Union, the British Motorcyclists Federation, IAM RoadSmart, the Motorcycle Action Group and the Trail Riders Fellowship.