CORONAVIRUS: A guide to Government rules for vehicle clubs
Many club volunteers and organisers will know that recently, key changes to Government guidance were implemented to enable sections of the hospitality industry to re-open. So, what does the easing of restrictions mean for events, shows and meet ups and what are the rules that apply to historic vehicle clubs?
We have outlined the Government advice pertinent to us below. However, as regional outbreaks occur, (such as seen this Summer in Leicester, England) local guidance may also change on a regional basis. So, clubs should also check with their local authorities for advice specific to their area of the country.
Some venues have been running or advertising certain small scale events. The restrictions have been eased to allow small scale events to be organised by businesses, professional organisations and public bodies, but the restrictions on gatherings organised by private individuals are still limited in law to 30 people.
If vehicle club members choose to organise or attend such gatherings, they do so at their own risk and should satisfy themselves that the business, venue or organiser has put in the necessary infrastructure, social distancing, track and trace and hygiene measures to comply with the regulations for hospitality venues. For your own safety ensure that any gathering is COVID-19 Secure. In addition to the COVID-19 secure measures that must be put in place, track and trace records must also be kept of all attendees and staff for at least 21 days.
Cafés, Restaurants and Pubs that are able to re-open, have been placed under heavy restrictions to enforce hygiene and social distancing. Many venues are operating a pre-book only policy and all venues are required to record the personal details of anyone entering their premises. Venue owners are being asked to act responsibly and control over-crowding at their establishments.
The latest advice, which applied from 14th July 2020, urges us to 'Remain Alert and Safe.' It’s therefore vitally important that club members act responsibly and follow government guidance for your area, as tighter lockdown measures could very quickly return following a second spike if guidelines are not followed.
What are the rules on meeting up with people?
It is against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place except where specified in the Regulations. Those regualtions allow venues, businesses, professional organisations and public bodies following COVID-19 secure guidelines to host larger groups. This is provided they take reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of transmission, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance and including completion of a risk assessment. Any other privately organised gathering in an outdoor space must not be any larger than 30 people except where specified in the Regulations. Social clubs must remain closed.
- Those operating venues or running events following COVID-19 Secure guidelines should take additional steps to ensure the safety of the public and prevent mass gatherings or large events from taking place.
If attending a venue that is following COVID-19 Secure guidelines, you should take care to limit your interactions with anyone outside of your group and you should continue to maintain social distancing from those that you do not live with. It is critical that you follow these guidelines to keep both yourself and others safe.
- Two households are now able to meet indoors and people from those two households are allowed to stay the night. Those two households have to maintain social distancing throughout, unless they are in a support bubble with each other.
- Meetings indoors of more than two households are not recommended, because of the higher risk of infection that meeting indoors poses. Households can meet with multiple numbers of other households, as long as each is a separate meeting.
- Outdoors, people from multiple households can meet in groups of up to six.
- For full advice visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation/guidance-for-providers-of-outdoor-facilities-on-the-phased-return-of-sport-and-recreation
For the latest advice for Scotland, please consult: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-individuals-and-businesses-in-scotland
For the latest advice for Wales, please consult: https://gov.wales/coronavirus
For the latest advice for Northern Ireland, please consult: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19
How are the rules enforced?
Individuals can be issued with fines of £100, reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days, up to a maximum of £3,200 for repeat offences with more serious offences being prosecuted. The Police have powers to disperse groups of over thirty people and remove people from an area.
What about clinically vulnerable individuals?
Those who have been unidentified as at “high-risk” of contracting COVID-19 are now able to gather in groups of up to six people outdoors. This number includes individuals outside of the household. Those shielding can also form a "support bubble" with one other household.
- For NHS information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
For more information on COVID-19 visit: www.who.int
Key points :
- The pandemic is NOT over.
- Club members attend shows and events at their own risk.
- Meeting / Event organisers must keep records of attendance for track and trace and be able to demonstrate adherence to COVID-19 secure guidlines.
- Read and understand Government guidance for your specific area of the UK.
- Check your vehicle over carefully if it’s not been used for a while, paying particular attention to tyres and brakes.
- Maintain social distancing of 2 metres ( 1 metre in certain circumstances - refer to Government guidelines ).
- If you previously declared your historic vehicle as being on SORN to the DVLA , be sure to update it before taking to the road. Where applicable.
- If you didn’t renew your insurance policy during lockdown, do it right away.
- If your vehicle needs one, do you have an MOT? The six month extension only applies to cars that were due an MOT after 30th March 2020 and before 1st August. Extensions are granted in the seven days before the expiry date. After August 1st, you will be required to renew your MOT upon it's expiry as normal.
- If you begin to display any new symptoms. Please self-isolate immediately and consult the NHS advice below.
Please note: As our volunteer organisers announce their move to postpone or cancel certain events, members should support them in that decision.
Many clubs are utlising tools like Whatsapp groups and Zoom conference calls to hold 'virtual' regional meetings - why not give it a try? There is a plethora of guidance availble on the internet, but we found this helpful guide to using Zoom particularly useful.
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