The Scottish Hill Rally Club have asked us to circulate this notice to our members:
It is with great regret that the Scottish Hill Rally Club must announce the cancellation of the Scottish "Borders" Safari in November.
This decision has been based around three key elements:
- At present Scottish Government regulations do not permit indoor contact sports, which includes allowing two people from different households into a competition car. We know many competitors were hoping to bring a navigator with them, and most will have been from different households, so this was a key concern for us. Scottish Government had hoped to be able to relax this area, but with the rising cases they announced on Thursday that this has not happened at this time.
- Additionally regulations in Scotland prevent more than one household from meeting indoors. This includes holiday/self-catering accommodation which means it would pose a significant problem for many competitors and volunteers alike. We have been keen to make a decision in good time to allow people to give plenty of notice to their accommodation providers, many of whom they have a long standing relationship with.
- We have also been watching the progression of the disease. With cases rising, advice from both UK and Scottish Government is that regulations may have to become more restrictive and that the situation is likely to be difficult until at least Christmas. We therefore feel that now is not the time to gather several hundred people together on a compact site, no matter how good the covid precautions might be. We are concerned that we need to keep the goodwill of the local people and were we to run, this may pose a risk to them, and damage this goodwill.
We have tried hard to make this work, and know that this decision will disappoint many people. The preparations will not be wasted however, as we intend to run this event next year, and are planning to be able to run both a Safari Plus, and a Hill Rally in 2021. Look out for further announcements on dates in the near future.