In view of the announcement made by the Prime Minister earlier this week, it has been necessary to review our club policy on the size of riding groups. It is clear from the new guidance instructions that our arrangements for compiling groups of up to 6 persons in a single ride group is no longer allowable under the government directives.
We must therefore limit the size of ride groups. Unless you are riding in a family group, the most likely format will be yourself plus one other person. This club notice has immediate effect.
To enable the maximum flexibility for riding opportunities, the club is recommending that members wishing to form groups of 2 should do so by making arrangements with other individual riders directly by email, by telephone, via the forum or any other means. Also in view of the need to maximise opportunities, the club is suggesting that invitations may also be extended to non-members and potential new members.
The government publication states:-
You should minimise time spent outside your home. When around other people, stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household - meaning the people you live with - or your support bubble. Where this is not possible, stay 1 metre apart with extra precautions (e.g. wearing a face covering).
You must not meet socially indoors with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble.
A support bubble is where a household with one adult joins with another household. Households in that support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight in each other’s households, and visit outdoor public places together.
You can exercise or visit a public outdoor space:
with the people you live with
with your support bubble
or, when on your own, 1 person from another household
Cycling UK have published the following:-
The new regulations in England, which come into effect on 5 November and are due to expire (unless renewed) on 2 December, make it an offence to leave or be outside of the place where you are living without reasonable excuse. Therefore we are not supporting any Cycling UK group activity until the lockdown has been lifted.
How can I continue to ride?
Under the new restrictions cycling and being active is still strongly encouraged, However we are suggesting the following guidance:
• Only ride alone, with those in your household/support bubble, or with one person from another household.
• We suggest you exercise locally where ever possible and avoid driving to another location to begin your ride.
• Stay two metres apart from anybody not from your household/support bubble.
• If you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating, are sharing a household /support bubble with somebody with symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace, you should stay at home.
• There are no restrictions on how long or how often you can ride, however we recommend that you stay within your ability level and prepare accordingly, especially if you are riding alone.
Please be aware that the current restrictions are not simply guidance for sensible people, but are in fact Law which is not only enforceable but which has substantial financial penalties for those found to be breaking the law.
If the 2nd December review by the government extends the duration of the 1 plus 1 arrangement, the club will review how we might make arrangements to meet up at a single venue and ride out in pairs (either pre-arranged or paired-up on the spot?), but in any event, we will be monitoring developments and issuing club statements accordingly.
Get out on your bikes but stay safe,
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