CORONAVIRUS: General advice to clubs from the FBHVC

Published: 17/03/2020

The FBHVC is committed to following and passing on the latest UK Government advice on events and public gatherings pertinent to our member clubs. Current government and public health advice states that all, non-essential social contact with other people should be avoided for foreseeable future. We are also being advised to avoid pubs, which if course is the most popular type of venue of regional club meets within historic vehicle organisations. Those at risk or with underlying health issues are being advised to self-isolate for a period of 12 weeks.

Therefore, we are advising all clubs and their regions, local groups and registers to encourage their volunteers and organisers to cancel or postpone their monthly meetings and local club events for the foreseeable future. This is in line with UK Government advice. We urge you to watch the FBHVC website and the government advice links below for up to the minute information.

In summary

  • Everyone should avoid gatherings and crowded places, such as pubs, clubs and theatres
  • Everyone should work from home if they can
  • All "unnecessary" visits to friends and relatives in care homes should cease
  • By next weekend, those with the most serious health conditions must be "largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks."
  • If one person in any household has a persistent cough or fever, everyone living there must stay at home for 14 days
  • Those people should, if possible, avoid leaving the house "even to buy food or essentials" - but they may leave the house "for exercise and, in that case, at a safe distance from others"

Reach out

We have a number of elderly members amongst our clubs. If you know of any in your region or register, why not drop them an email or give them a call to chat historic vehicles for a while and make sure they have all they need. For those with underlying health issues, the next 12 weeks is likely to be a long and potentially lonely time and this is an ideal time for our community to pull together. 

Keeping up to date

Please be assured that during this rapidly changing situation, we are monitoring advice very closely and will follow up with FBHVC members if the situation develops.

Please note: If volunteer organisers of regional events choose to postpone or cancel certain events, members should support them in that decision.

Offices and club-houses.

The current guidance reccomends that club staff and volunteers should work for home where possible and that HQs and club houses be restricted to essential staff and closed to visitors. 

Motorsport UK latest guidance (17/3/2020)

Motorsport UK have announced it is suspending all organising permits and Certificates of Exemption until at least 30th April 2020. This suspension follows the latest guidance issued by HM UK Government in response to the outbreak of COVID-19. This position will be constantly reviewed given prevailing information. 

Motorsport UK have thanked all of their members, organisers, officials, volunteers, staff and their families for their support during these unprecedented times. Motorsport UK will continue to monitor the situation and will resume sporting activity as soon as possible. Motorsport UK reminded members that they have a responsibility and duty of care to staff who will be working from home, so please be patient with any queries you may have. 

David Richards, chairman of Motorsport UK, explained, “Clearly we live in challenging times and exceptional measures are required. The decision to suspend Motorsport UK permits on a temporary basis is not one that was taken lightly as the industry employs many thousands of people. However we have an over-riding responsibility to our members and the friends and families of our community. Furthermore, our social responsibilities extend to the broader population and the potential drain on valuable public health resources on which we are all reliant. The situation is very fluid and we will continue to monitor developments over the coming weeks and hope that we can resume the annual motorsport calendar at the opportune moment. In the immediate short term our efforts need to be focused on ensuring that the industry that backs up the sport has the financial support that it requires from the Government in order that it can be sustained beyond this extraordinary scenario.”

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