14.5.2021 - Welsh Cycling update
Following Welsh Government’s announcement by the First Minister for Wales, Mark Drakeford, Welsh Cycling can provide some exciting news about relaxations to the COVID regulations and what it means for cycling.
The announcement today (14th May) included a number of key relaxations. The key messages from today included:
- Wales will move to Alert Level 2 from the 17th May, meaning the limit on organised outdoor activities will increase to 50 people and indoor activities will increase to 30.
- Up to six people from six households, or a single household if more than four people, can meet in regulated premises (this includes sport and leisure facilities), subject to confirmation, if conditions allow.
- Simultaneous gatherings of groups and individuals in the same location are allowed, where there is sufficient space to do so safely and independently (i.e. the separate gatherings of groups and individuals must not be in the same place to do something together).
For more information, please refer to the Welsh Government FAQ’s document here.
Regulation and guidance around the return of clubs, groups, and led rides in Wales.
We would like to remind our clubs, groups and volunteers of the regulation and guidance around the return of club activity. The stipulations below take in this advice and the current Welsh Government regulations and guidance around sports returning to activity, and hence must be adhered to in order that your activity complies with the law in Wales and is insured by British Cycling:
- Welsh Cycling have adopted British Cycling’s ‘The Way Forward’ guidance for activity in Wales, and hence the principles outlined in that document should be followed for all outdoor activity (please refer to ‘The Way Forward’ guidance here).
- The law in Wales also requires that clubs and groups have a COVID Officer who has completed the WSA COVID awareness training. This person should either be present or is responsible for ensuring those delivering activities follow COVID procedures (including protocols to collect and store the details of all participants for track and trace and a risk assessment that covers COVID is in place for all activities, you can find an example Risk Assessment here.
- Where groups consist only of young people aged 18 or under on the 31 August 2021, the guidance in Wales allows for unlimited numbers to take part in organised activities outdoors. The guidelines also allow for the required number of adults to be present to coach, lead or help supervise the activities, but not to participate – if adults are participating, group size defaults to the 30-limit [update to 50 limit].
- On the 17th May, the guidance further extends to allow groups of up to 50 adults to take part in organised outdoor activity (participants under the age of 11 do not count towards the 30 limit).
- Facility guidelines on numbers, appropriate supervision by adults and leader or coach ratios must always be adhered to and may affect the numbers allowed.
- Informal riding (i.e., groups of friends meeting to ride together) will still be limited to the Rule of Six.
- Following advice from the WSA, group activities will now be permitted where riders are two abreast, as outlined in The Way Forward. Though participants are advised to stay beside the same rider for as much of the ride as possible.
- When stopping at cafes or other stops (including before or after the ride), the rule of 6 people from any household will apply plus 2m social distancing measures.
For more detailed guidance on how to resume activity, please refer to British Cycling’s ‘The Way Forward’ guidance, which can be found here.
For details of the WSA COVID awareness training, click here (please note that our clubs, groups, members and volunteers get a reduced fee for this training).
Click here to find a template risk assessment that can be used for activities.
Welsh Cycling offices are not on complete lockdown at the moment, but the situation is fluid at the moment. So if you need to contact a member of our team, here are a list of useful contacts who will be able to answer questions.
Chief Executive Officer
01633 274 691 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications & PR Officer
07808 609 266 | email@example.com/>
Finance & Office Manager
Beverley Kibble | firstname.lastname@example.org
Commercial & Partnership Manager
07710 022 666 | email@example.com
Rhys James | 07934 854 599 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Performance
Matt Cosgrove | 07714 499618
Darren Tudor | 07515 606619
To protect yourself and other people:
- Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
- Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
- Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
- Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
- Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
- Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
Please follow all the guidance on how to avoid catching and spreading the virus, your health is first and foremost.