Off-road sport takes a big step towards returning to normal on December 2 with the easing of the latest lockdown and, naturally, the ACU is paying close attention to the regulations.
This statement released today by the UK’s main governing body aims to clarify the situation.
‘Organised grassroots sport is allowed to resume from 2nd December across all levels, providing social distancing remains in place, although there will be some restrictions on highest-risk activity in tier three areas. Spectators at non-elite sports will be able to attend events in line with Covid-secure guidance for each tier.
‘Additionally, the Prime Minister has announced that elite sport clubs and events hosted outdoors in tier one locations will be able to welcome up to a maximum of 4,000 fans or 50 per cent of stadium capacity – whichever is the lower.
‘In tier two (high alert) locations the cap is set at 2,000 supporters or 50 per cent of stadium capacity. In tier three locations, fans will not be permitted to attend elite sporting fixtures in line with hospitality venues and other large event venues being closed.
‘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.’
ACU Chairman Roy Humphrey is optimistic but also urged caution.
“Bringing grassroot sport back is a big plus, not only for the sport itself but for the wellbeing and mental health of our members,” he said. “We need to be mindful though that although the Prime Minister has announced an easing of the lockdown measures, this does not mean that the Coronavirus has disappeared or dissipated.
“The risk is still out there, the virus still exists and although we want the sport to restart again, I urge organisers to be mindful that their venues need to be Covid secure.”