CORONAVIRUS: General advice to clubs from the FBHVC
The FBHVC is committed to following and passing on the latest UK Government advice on events and public gatherings pertinent to our member clubs.
The latest advice from the government has been updated, with new rules coming into effect from 4th July 2020. The key changes have been implemented to enable sections of the hospitality industry to re-open. Tougher restrictions still exist in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, so members in those areas should check on the guidance for their particular region.
Public gatherings of more than 30 people are prohibited in law and there are heavy penalties in place for those that ignore the rules. Guidelines still urge us to avoid meetings of more than 6 people from different households in an outdoor space and two households indoors.
Furthermore, Cafés , Restaurants and Pubs that are able to reopen, will be placed under heavy restrictions to enforce social distancing. Many venues will be operating a pre-book only policy and all venues will be required to record the personal details of anyone entering their premises.
At the current time, the FBHVC strongly advises all member clubs to continue to cancel all social activities and refrain from road runs or any other meets in groups, until further notice.
Please do NOT drive in groups or convoys. It is important that large groups of classic vehicle owners do not gather in parks, or places of natural beauty. By all means, use your historic vehicle individually, to drive to the shops or go out for exercise, but only individually.
Please remember, as clubs, individuals and organisations, we are all ambassadors for the historic vehicle scene as a whole.
Furthermore, Motorsport UK have stated that spectators will not be allowed at test days, race meetings and track days.
At this moment in time, the FBHVC feels that it strikes very much the wrong tone with the public to parade historic vehicles through the streets and country lanes in groups when many people are still in lockdown within their homes or experiencing hardship or the loss of loved ones. The time will come, soon we hope, but it is not yet.
The FBHVC sees no reason not to use your historic vehicle individually, as long as it is safe to do so.
The latest advice, issued 26th June 2020, urges us to 'Remain Alert and Safe' . It’s vitally important that club members drive with caution, as lockdown measures could very quickly return following a second spike if guidelines are not followed.
Key points :
- The pandemic is NOT over. The lives of our families and friends are still at risk.
- Check your vehicle over carefully if it’s not been used for a while, paying particular attention to tyres and brakes.
- Maintain social distancing of 2 metres ( 1 metre in certain circumstances - refer to Government guidelines ).
- If you previously declared your historic vehicle as being on SORN to the DVLA , be sure to update it before taking to the road. Where applicable.
- If you didn’t renew your insurance policy during lockdown, do it right away.
- If your vehicle needs one, do you have an MOT? The six month extension only applies to cars that were due an MOT after 30th March 2020 and before 1st August. Extensions are granted in the seven days before the expiry date. After August 1st, you will be required to renew your MOT upon it's expiry as normal.
- From England, do not drive across the Scottish and Welsh borders unless necessary, as currently those countries are yet to change their rules.
- If you begin to display any new symptoms. Please self-isolate immediately and consult the NHS advice below.
- For NHS information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
- For more information on COVID-19 visit www.who.int
- To view UK Government advice visit: www.gov.uk
Please be assured that during this rapidly changing situation, we are monitoring advice very closely and will follow up with FBHVC members if the situation develops.
Please note: As our volunteer organisers announce their move to postpone or cancel certain events, members should support them in that decision.
We have a number of elderly members amongst our clubs. If you know of any in your region , why not drop them an email or give them a call to chat historic vehicles for a while and make sure they have all they need. For those with underlying health issues, the pandemic remains an unsettlng and potentially lonely time and this is an ideal time for our community to pull together to support each other.
Many clubs are utlising tools like Whatsapp groups and Zoom conference calls to hold 'virtual' regional meetings - why not give it a try? There is a plethora of guidance availble on the internet, but we found this helpful guide to using Zoom particularly useful.
Offices and club-houses.
The current guidance still reccomends that club staff and volunteers should work from home where possible and that HQs and club houses be restricted to essential staff and closed to visitors. However, some clubs that are able to resume working from their offices with social distancing and sanitising measures in place, can do so.
Motorsport UK latest guidance:
Motorsport UK has announced plans as to how it proposes restarting motorsport across its eleven sporting disciplines.
Guidance in brief for England from July 4th ... (Scotland, Wales, N.I may differ).
- you can meet in groups of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household) in any location - public or private, indoors or outdoors. You do not always have to meet with the same household - you can meet with different households at different times. However, it remains the case - even inside someone’s home - that you should socially distance from anyone not in your household or bubble. This change also does not affect the support you receive from your carers
- when you are outside you can continue to meet in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines
- those who have been able to form a support bubble (i.e. those in single adult households) can continue to have close contact as if they live with the other people in the bubble, but you should not change who you have formed a support bubble with
- additional businesses and venues, including restaurants, pubs, cinemas, visitor attractions, hotels, and campsites will be able to open - but we will continue to keep closed certain premises where the risks of transmission may be higher
- other public places, such as libraries, community centres, places of worship, outdoor playgrounds and outdoor gyms will be able to open
- you can stay overnight away from your home with your own household or support bubble, or with members of one other household (where you need to keep social distancing)
- it will be against the law to gather in groups larger than 30 people, except for a limited set of circumstances to be set out in law. Police will have the power to break up groups larger than 30, apart from these exceptions
Moving forward, from 4 July, people will be trusted to continue acting responsibly by following this and related guidance, subject to an upper legal limit on gatherings (as described above). To avoid risks of transmission and stay as safe as possible, you should always maintain social distancing with people you do not live with - indoors and outdoors. You should only have close social contact with others if you are in a support bubble with them. You should:
- only gather indoors with members of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household) - this includes when dining out or going to the pub
- only gather outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households or in larger groups if everyone is from up to two households only
- only gather in slightly larger groups of up to 30 for major life events, such as weddings
- only gather in groups of more than 30 for specific set of circumstances that will be set out in law
- only visit businesses and venues in groups of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household) or with a group of six people from different households if outdoors
- not interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending these places with even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship
- try to limit the number of people you see, especially over short periods of time, to keep you and them safe, and save lives - the more people you have interactions with, the more chances we give the virus to spread
- not hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing when gathering in the group sizes advised
- only stay overnight away from your home in groups of up to two households (your support bubble counts as one household)
- when asked, provide your contact details to a business so that you can be contacted as needed by the NHS Test and Trace programme.
Please adhere to these guidelines to protect the health of yourself and others.