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Motorsport in Scotland under COVID-19

 
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Motorsport in Scotland under COVID-19
by SMMC Admin - Friday, 6 November 2020, 6:56 PM
 

Pete Weall, Chair of the Scottish Association of Motor Sports Clubs (the Motorsport UK Regional Association), draws attention to the latest updated guidance from Motorsport UK which has just been published following further discussions this week with SportScotland to take account of the recently introduced five level COVID-19 Framework for Scotland.

Pete Weall, Chair of the Scottish Association of Motor Sports Clubs (the Motorsport UK Regional Association), has today sent out the following text by email. We are circulating this to all members.


I want to draw attention to the latest updated guidance from Motorsport UK which has just been published following further discussions this week with SportScotland to take account of the recently introduced five level COVID-19 Framework for Scotland. It is important that everyone takes note of these changes whether you are an event organiser, a competitor, or volunteer official/marshal based in Scotland. This guidance applies to all of you.

The good news is that motorsport competition is still allowed to continue in all areas as it has for the last few months. The change is that travel advice has been formalised and is now built into the Motorsport UK regulations to mandate what is the current Scottish Government advice. With very limited exceptions, travel from any area currently in COVID-19 Level 3 or 4 into an area in a lower category for the purpose of taking part in motorsport is expressly prohibited. Remember, this applies to competitors, anyone in their team, and to volunteer officials and marshals. All events remain closed to all spectators. I know that a number of clubs have already cancelled their remaining 2020 events in light of the prevailing travel advice.

Remember also that while some events are allowed, subject to compliance with all of the published COVID-19 protocols, any event that involves car sharing is expressly not allowed. A number of attempts have been made to persuade the Scottish Government to change this and to allow driver/codriver situations in line with what was agreed for England This has, as yet, not been successful but remains very much a topic for further review. In this regard, I must urge everyone to play their part in helping achieve this change by sticking very strictly with the current rule. If you all do this, you will improve the prospect of us being allowed to resume at least some of these events in the early part of next year.

Please do not take part in any activity which might cause the authorities to gain the impression that motorsport is not adhering to the agreed position. In particular, please be very aware at all times that members of the public will probably not be aware that a motorsport event is taking place within the very specific guidelines and may take issue with what might look like a breach of national rules on gatherings. I know that clubs across the UK are having to deal with increasing complaints from members of the public. Please also be aware that in the eyes of the general public, there is nothing to identify an event running under a Motorsport UK Permit from any other car related activity.

I must urge everyone to act responsibly and comply fully with these arrangements. In particular, we are fortunate to be allowed to continue with events in Scotland. All motorsport in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is currently on hold. This situation exists because of the strong COVID-19 protocols developed by Motorsport UK and the effective working relationship established with the Scottish Government. But, like with the pandemic itself, the situation remains fragile and is kept under constant review. Any evidence of non-compliance could easily lead to a change of direction.

One final warning that the above comments are correct at the time of writing and are subject to change at any time and possibly at short notice. You can see the current Motorsport UK guidance in full on their website while all of the underlying Scottish Government regulations and guidance is also readily available.

Pete Weall
Chair SAMSC
6 November 2020