23 March 2020
The wellbeing, health and safety of all our members, staff, volunteers and the general public is a priority for Scottish Cycling. In light of recent developments surrounding COVID-19 we have been closely monitoring the situation to ensure that we are responding quickly and effectively, and in line with the latest Scottish Government and NHS Scotland guidelines and recommendations.
The Scottish Government announcement of 16 March 2020 advises that in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) the general public are being asked to stay at home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary social contact.
This includes minimising social contact by avoiding crowded areas and large gatherings, including religious congregations and smaller gatherings such as restaurants, pubs, bars, clubs, cinemas and gyms.
Scottish Cycling has reviewed our position, and following consultation with British and Welsh Cycling, have jointly taken the decision that all cycling competitions and events sanctioned by Scottish Cycling will be suspended with immediate effect until 30 June 2020.
In addition to safeguarding the health and wellbeing of club members, event organisers, participants and volunteers, this decision relieves pressure on public services, including emergency services, during a time when they will be under extreme pressure as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Advice for Event Organisers
As indicated above, all cycling competitions and events sanctioned by Scottish Cycling will be suspended with immediate effect. If you have already received a permit for an event that was due to take place prior to 30 June 2020, please be advised that the permit no longer valid.
Scottish Cycling are currently investigating options with regards to re-allocation of dates for events that have been suspended. This will involve liaising with partners and stakeholders and, as the national events calendar compilation process is complex, re-scheduled dates cannot be identified in isolation.
Please be advised that Scottish Cycling will also not progress event approvals for future events at this time, regardless if they are currently scheduled to take place before or after 30 June 2020.
Detailed guidance for Event Organisers in relation to the suspension of competitions is detailed below.
Advice for Clubs and Cycling Activity
The Scottish Government has asked the general public to minimise social contact by avoiding crowded areas and large gatherings, including religious congregations and smaller gatherings such as restaurants, pubs, bars, clubs, cinemas and gyms
Scottish Cycling advocate that all club and group activity be suspended until further notice.
Scottish Cycling does however recognise and encourage the benefit of physical activity during this period, but recommends individuals follow NHS and government advice at all times.
This is an ongoing and fast-moving situation and further updates will be provided by Scottish Cycling in line with Scottish Government advice and guidance.
Ride Leaders/Breeze Champions
Any British Cycling-sanctioned ride which was due to take place prior to April 30 cannot now go ahead, and will be cancelled by British Cycling. We would urge Ride Leaders/Breeze Champions to ensure that any level of organised activity they choose to undertake away from British Cycling-sanctioned rides is in line with Government advice. Please see links below for further guidance. We will be in communication with the relevant authorities to seek additional advice on your behalf.
Any course scheduled by British Cycling to take place prior to April 30 will not now go ahead. British Cycling will arrange refunds where applicable in due course and will look to reschedule once Government advice permits activity to recommence.
Mountain Bike Leadership (MTBL) courses are delivered by independent providers and we encourage any learners booked on an MTBL course with a specific provider to contact them directly to understand if their course is going ahead as scheduled. As per the statement above, British Cycling recommends the suspension of any activity taking place in the period up to April 30 that involves non essential travel or social contact in line with government advice.
Scottish Cycling Office
In line with government guidance, the Scottish Cycling office will be transitioning to remote working. We therefore ask for the continued support and patience of our members as we make these changes over the coming days. Further information on this and contact details will be provided as soon as possible on our website and through social media.
Current advice and guidance from the Scottish Government
Those most at risk strongly advised to reduce unnecessary contact.
To slow the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) the general public are being asked to stay at home as much as possible and avoid unnecessary social contact.
People over 70 and those who have high risk and underlying health conditions are being strongly advised to stay at home as much as possible and significantly reduce unnecessary social contact.
The advice is that people should:
- minimise social contact by avoiding crowded areas and large gatherings, including religious congregations and smaller gatherings such as restaurants, pubs, bars, clubs, cinemas and gyms
- avoid using public transport as much as possible
- work from home when possible