BC Covid Guidance from 19/7/2021

Changes ahead but BC asks everyone to remain cautious.

From Monday 19 July 2021, England will move to Step 4 of the UK Government’s roadmap for easing Covid-19 restrictions, which means that most legal restrictions will be lifted. However, with case numbers high and rising, it remains vitally important that we all act responsibly and cautiously to keep everyone at our events and activities safe.

What changes from Monday 19 July?

From Monday 19 July almost all legal restrictions on social contact, distancing and gathering will be lifted. This means that things like group rides, coaching sessions and cycle-sport events need simply to adhere to the usual framework or remit for that activity – such as any relevant coach-participant ratios set out in coaching qualification remit.

What restrictions remain in place?

It remains vitally important that we all regularly assess ourselves for symptoms of Covid-19. If you develop Covid-19 symptoms, self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test, even if your symptoms are mild.

Under no circumstances should you attend, deliver or take part in cycling activities or events if you have symptoms of Covid-19 or have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. This remains the law, regardless of your vaccination status.

As Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, it is important that we all use personal judgement to manage our own risk and keep our events and activities safe for everyone. While we know that cycling activities and events present a low risk of transmission, here are a few things for you to bear in mind over the months ahead:

If you are using indoor areas (such as for event sign-on areas), keep them well ventilated by opening doors/windows.

We recommend that people continue to wear face coverings when in crowded or enclosed areas.

Continue to maintain good hand hygiene, covering mouths/noses when coughing or sneezing, and taking steps to regularly clean shared surfaces and equipment. Remember to bring your own hand sanitiser and wipes.

Providing hand sanitiser and wipes at any events we are organising particularly at entry points and around any food/refreshment areas. Participants will also be encouraged to bring their own.

While it is best to limit the need for shared equipment, if required it is important to ensure that it is thoroughly cleaned between uses.

Event organisers should continue to submit a Covid-19 Risk Assessment until further notice, highlighting the mitigation measures they are planning to put in place.

Gary Burke