British Cycling Updated Coronavirus/Covid-19 Guidance

British Cycling Updated Coronavirus/Covid-19 Guidance

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From Monday 19 July 2021, England will move to Step 4 of the UK Government’s roadmap for easing Covid-19 restrictions, which means that most legal restrictions will be lifted. However, with case numbers high and rising, it remains vitally important that we all act responsibly and cautiously to keep everyone at our events and activities safe.

This page will be updated regularly, and if you have any further questions you can find contact details for our teams here. Please remember that guidance continues to differ between England, Scotland and Wales, and you can find the most up-to-date guidance for Scotland here and Wales here.

Guidance for Step 3 of the roadmap, which remain in force until Monday, can be found at the bottom of this page.

What changes from Monday 19 July?

From Monday 19 July almost all legal restrictions on social contact, distancing and gathering will be lifted. This means that things like group rides, coaching sessions and cycle-sport events need simply to adhere to the usual framework or remit for that activity – such as any relevant coach-participant ratios set out in your coaching qualification remit.

You can find the full list of restrictions which have been lifted here.

What restrictions remain in place?

It remains vitally important that we all regularly assess ourselves for symptoms of Covid-19. If you develop Covid-19 symptoms, self-isolate immediately and get a PCR test, even if your symptoms are mild.

Under no circumstances should you attend, deliver or take part in cycling activities or events if you have symptoms of Covid-19 or have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace. This remains the law, regardless of your vaccination status.

What other precautions do you advise we take?

As Covid-19 restrictions are lifted, it is important that we all use personal judgement to manage our own risk and keep our events and activities safe for everyone. While we know that cycling activities and events present a low risk of transmission, here are a few things for you to bear in mind over the months ahead:

  • If you are using indoor areas (such as for event sign-on areas), keep them well ventilated by opening doors/windows.
  • We recommend that people continue to wear face coverings when in crowded or enclosed areas.
  • Continue to maintain good hand hygiene, covering mouths/noses when coughing or sneezing, and taking steps to regularly clean shared surfaces and equipment. Remember to bring your own hand sanitiser and wipes.
  • Download and use the NHS app, which enables you to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test and check in to certain venues using a QR code.
  • Current Government guidance is that you should limit the close contact you have with those you do not usually live with, and increase close contact gradually. This includes minimising the number, proximity and duration of social contacts.

What is the current guidance for event organisers?

While we will not be publishing an update of our The Way Forward guidance for Step 4 of the roadmap, there are a number of elements of the previous guidance which we would encourage you to keep in place. These include:

  • Virtual briefings for volunteers and riders, delivered by video message or webinar, to reduce the need for crowding at the event.
  • Providing hand sanitiser and wipes at the event, particularly at entry points and around any food/refreshment areas. Participants will also be encouraged to bring their own.
  • While it is best to limit the need for shared equipment, if required it is important to ensure that it is thoroughly cleaned between uses.
  • Event organisers should continue to submit a Covid-19 Risk Assessment until further notice, highlighting the mitigation measures they are planning to put in place.
  • Organisers and clubs may wish to display our Staying safe in Step 4 poster at their events and venues, which you can download here.

If you have any further questions about event delivery, get in touch with our team at events@britishcycling.org.uk.

What if I am in the clinically extremely vulnerable category?

Clinically extremely vulnerable people are advised to follow the same guidance as everyone else, however, as someone who is at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if you were to catch Covid-19, you should think particularly carefully about precautions you can continue to take. You can find out more here.

Is spectating permitted at events and coaching sessions?

Yes, under Government guidance spectating is now permitted at all indoor and outdoor venues. However, please be aware that certain operators may still have additional restrictions or guidance in place in their venues, and you should follow these at all times. If you’re unsure, remember to call the venue in advance to find out more.

Travelling in the UK

While there are no restrictions on travel within England, if you are entering Scotland or Wales you should make yourself aware of any additional restrictions in place.

You can find the most up-to-date guidance for Scotland here and Wales here.

Do I need to be vaccinated to work or volunteer at a cycle sport event?

No. Workforce and volunteer roles will be allocated in the usual way and will not be dependent upon vaccination status.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have any further questions our teams will be happy to help. You can find all of the relevant contact details here.


Guidance for Step 3

What were the changes at Step 3 (from Monday 17 May)?

We have summarised the key changes for cycling activities and events below, with full guidance in our The Way Forward guidance documents.

  • Increase in the field sizes and duration of cycle sport events. See questions below and The Way Forward for detailed guidance.
  • Ranking points will resume across all disciplines.
  • Affiliated club and HSBC UK Guided Rides groups can adhere to maximum rider/leader rations for their rides.
  • Informal activity (i.e., groups of friends meeting to ride together) can resume in groups of up to 30.
  • Indoor activities for children and adults can now take place in any number, but will still be subject to a coach's qualification remit and the venue capacity.
  • Spectating is now permitted on both public and private land, but will be subject to relevant gathering limits (groups of up to 30 outdoors and six people/two households indoors).
  • Car sharing for the purpose of sport and physical activity is now permitted.

What about group rides?

As of May 17th, British Cycling affiliated club and HSBC UK Ride Social rides can take place in any nymber, while HSBC UK Breeze and HSBC UK Guided Rides groups can adhere to maximum rider/leade ratios for their rides.

These rides will be subject to a series of Covid mitigation measures, including: test and trace protocols, one metre social distancing while riding, two metre social distancing while not riding, and guidance covering hygiene, equipment sharing and self-sufficiency. More details on this can be found in The Way Forward here.

Clubs and groups which do not feel confident or comfortable riding in larger groups are permitted and encouraged to set a lower limit which is appropriate for their own circumstances.

Informal group rides – such as groups of friends meeting to ride together – will be limited to 30 riders, in line with Government guidance on outdoor gatherings.

What about coaching?

Coaching activities can take place for children and adults both outdoors and indoors, with numbers to be determined by the coach's qualification remit and the capacity of the venue where the activity takes place. Guidance for coaches on safely managing their sessions to reduce the risk of transmission can be found in The Way Forward here.

What about events?

We were pleased to be able to ease restrictions on field size and race duration, and event organisers should continue to refer to guidance set out in the Technical Regulations and venue risk assessment on these matters. We would however urge organisers and riders to ensure that they are aware of and adhere to all other guidance set out in The Way Forward.

Downhill mountain bike events with uplift, which resumed as pilot events in Step 2, could resume as normal from Step 3.

What about facilities?

Both outdoor and indoor facilities were permitted to re-open from Step 2 of the roadmap (April 12th), though activities for adults were limited to individuals or household groups. From Step 3, we are pleased to say that activities and sessions for groups of adults are now able to resume.

Our The Way Forward guidance for facility operators can be found here. Further information can be found on the Sport England website here

Can I travel to take part organised sport and physical activity?

At this step of the roadmap you should minimise travel and avoid making unnecessary journeys (for example, by combining trips where possible), but you are permitted to travel to exercise and take part in informal and organised sport and physical activity.

Car sharing for the purposes of sport and physical activity is now permitted, and overnight stays are also permitted in line with social contact rules (i.e., up to six people or two households indoors).

Is there a limit on length or duration for group riding?

There is no limit on length or duration set out in the Government guidance, however we continue to urge clubs and groups to use their common sense and ensure that they are self-sufficient while out riding.

Are café stops permitted?

At any pre, mid or post-ride stops, groups should immediately default to the Government’s general guidance for social contact – groups of up to 30 outdoors or up to six/two households indoors. This may mean splitting your group into wholly separate groups for the duration of the stop, with riders remaining in their allocated group at all times.

During any refreshment stops you should also ensure that you comply with Government guidance for hospitality settings and any other mitigation measures put in place by the establishment.

Can multiple organised group rides start from the same location?

Before and after rides groups should ensure that they adhere to general Government guidance on social contact - i.e. groups of up to 30 outdoors or up to six/two households indoors.

To prevent overcrowding and mixing, we strongly advise clubs and groups running multiple rides to stagger the start times to prevent larger groups from gathering at the same time (including at any mid-ride café stops)

Is spectating permitted at events and coaching sessions?

Spectators are permitted to view events on both public and private land in Step 3, but need to adhere to social distancing rules and social gathering limits (groups of up to 30 outdoors and up to six people/two households indoors).

As a British Cycling member, what does this mean for my third-party liability insurance?

British Cycling’s third-party liability insurance and legal support and advice member benefits remain in place for all Commute, Ride, Race Silver and Race Gold members.

Those riding in groups which comply with Government and British Cycling guidelines (as set out on this page) will be covered, but please note that insurance cover provided to members and Clubs will be invalid if they are wilfully contravening Government advice or participating in activities which are currently suspended.

When will ranking points resume?

Ranking points resumed at Step 3, from Monday 17 May.

What if my First Aid qualification has expired?

In March we announced changes to our First Aid requirements to support those who are continuing to experience difficulties in accessing in-person training opportunities.

You can find out more about the new requirements here, and if you have any questions please email education@britishcycling.org.uk.

Do I need to be vaccinated to work or volunteer at a cycle sport event?

No. Workforce and volunteer roles will be allocated in the usual way and will not be dependent upon vaccination status.

As per the guidance set out in The Way Forward here, those working and volunteering at cycle sport events will maintain social distancing from all other event attendees and participants, will practice good hand hygiene, and are permitted to wear a face covering where deemed appropriate.

Who can I contact for more information?

If you have any further questions our teams will be happy to help. You can find all of the relevant contact details here.