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***UPDATED 29/05/2020 @ 18:00
Below you will find the Information you need to know regarding possible Practice Events at your local club (if the club plan to run them)
There are seperate pages for each country.
Currently it is not believed that there is enough scope in the easing of lockdown to allow any formal racing.
ALL our Association events (i.e. all our Nationals and Regionals) that should have been happening between now until the end of June have been Postponed or Cancelled - stay in touch with your section for further information about these.
The links below contain Only the Information released by the Government, devolved national assemblies and national sports governing bodies.
Each one will be updated as the situation chnages BUT do remember that there will normally be a delay of a day or two between what you hear on the news and us getting the detail through.
Click Here for England
Click Here for Scotland
Click Here for Wales
Click Here for Northern Ireland
Getting Back on Track
Effective from 4th July - In England - if the Government Timetable continues to their plan. We will advise the dates of the other countries within the UK when we know.
The BRCA Executive, like other sports governing bodies, has been planning how it will be possible to re-start our sport in the not too distant future, while working within the government guidelines.
Racing is currently suspended throughout the UK until 4th July in order to protect the NHS and save lives. This is in line with practically every sport in the country.
As the UK Government has now announced a gradual release of the lockdown, we can communicate the requirements on how to best resume our activities as quickly as we can while still under some restrictions.
We want to thank all of our community for supporting the need to suspend our activities; we appreciate just how difficult this has been for many individuals and clubs.
We are fortunate that some of our sport takes place outdoors, so that with practical measures in place, much of our sport should be able to resume. We will all need to modify the way we have worked in the past and accept these changes in a collaborative and constructive way. We’re sure that the ingenuity and passion of the sports community will allow us to navigate the essential requirements to keep everyone safe, but at the same time allow our sport to get going again.
The guidelines have been established in alignment with government guidance it is understood that this guidance is fluid and can be open to interpretation and also, in the event of a second wave of the virus, the advice may need to be withdrawn or reconsidered
The UK is still in the midst of a healthcare emergency and it is the Government requirement that we closely follow their advice and guidance in order that as a nation the UK can navigate our way through the current crisis situation.
Life should not feel normal at this time and it is unlikely that the sports community can return to how things were for a long period of time.
Notwithstanding that, with the appropriate checks and measures in place, our sport should be able to continue at this time and it is important for the mental health and physical wellbeing of the community that life goes on as much as normal.
The following are important considerations in getting various parts of the sport up and running at the earliest opportunity.
1) Variations to Process
It is likely that systems and processes will need to be modified in order to provide for social distancing with the implementation of some additional checklists and processes.
Flexible communication methods will be required, with an increased emphasis on digital engagement both pre and during the event.
3) Social Activities
The social aspect of our sport is an important part of the sense of community; however, it is necessary at these times that these be accommodated within the parameters of government restrictions.
BRCA Getting Back on Track
BRCA Getting Back on Outdoor Tracks Q&A
There should be little in this document that comes as a surprise, but hopefully plenty to make you think and that is the main point.
We have to Think about what we’re doing.
We have to Plan how we’re going to go about it.
We have to expect to have to alter things until we’re happy we have something that works
We have to give the time to our fellow racers and officials to allow them to do things differently
We have to be Patient with each other while we all Learn.
Do Your Best, simply us all making our best effort to do the best we can to look after each other is all that anybody will ever ask.
Guidance for Competitors
Your Club will NOT be operating how it used to, expect to do more prior to any event, expect the event layout to change, expect the pits to change, expect the way you move around to change. in short: - EXPECT CHANGE.
You MUST Provide: -
Your Own Hi-Viz Waistcoat for Marshalling.
A pair of Gloves for Marshalling – not latex disposable, ones suitable for working in.
Some disposable Face Masks – to wear where space means Social Distancing can’t be done.
A Bottle of Hand Sanitiser.
You MAY need to provide a face shield – IF Your Club or the Venue asks you to.
Highly recommended to have available: -
A Face Shield – IF this isn’t mandatory for your club.
Some disposable latex gloves.
A good sense of humour – this is going to be difficult, the way we work at our events has evolved over decades, that’s all just bitten the dust and we have to start again, we have to learn how to do what we do, again.
Patience – be patient with your Club Officials and Each Other – you’ll probably find that within a day you’ll find a method that roughly works for your club, but it’ll take time and patience and people will get things wrong – be Patient with each other.
READ the Guidance for Organisers – You Need to Know what they will be asking you to do.
Guidance for Organisers
Against the backdrop of the Government guidance it is anticipated that, for the events to be able to be run safely, there will be significant changes required across all facets of the event organisation.
At the current time it is not anticipated that these will change substantially for the immediate future, however this may change upon further clarification or guidance from the government.
The following guidance is not exhaustive; however, we urge that club and event organisers take a conservative approach towards their interpretation of the guidelines in order to protect competitors & officials.
Additional Questions can be asked at ‘Contact Us’ on brca.org
We recommend the use of online event administration systems. There should be no requirement for face to face interaction with a driver on the day to process an entry or anything else, pre-payment should be arranged.
Ensure that the entry process emphasises attendance only if well and NOT exhibiting any COVID 19 symptoms.
Licences / Club membership cards must not be physically checked at the event, use remote verification where possible, self-verification where not.
At the event - Booking In
We recommend this be done remotely, e.g. by the car passing over the loop at the beginning of practice – or similar.
The Event Officials
PPE requirements in accordance with Government advice. Face masks are required where we can’t socially distance outdoors, indoors should be One Person Only in a small space, if that can’t be achieved (Race Control?) then Face Shields will be required.
Keep records of people who have had to work in close proximity to each other.
The Venue in General
You will need to spend some time to determine how to flow people around the venue, do not worry about getting this perfect – just do your best and change it as you see fit, the competitors have been told to expect change.
Communication around the venue will be vital – ensure you can be heard, clearly, across the venue – you Will be reminding people of what they need to do.
Build lots of time into your first few event schedules, this will probably mean a lot less people than you would normally accommodate.
Build lots of space into the event / venue plan, this may also mean less people, but accommodating people safely is much more important.
Make sure you’ve re-costed the event, you’ll have more cost and probably less people, do not be concerned if this means it costs us all a little more – it is to be expected.
It may be worth having some ‘PPE Kits’ available for the people who arrive ill prepared.
Ensure social distancing can be maintained between competitors in the pits.
Limit numbers to ensure social distancing can be respected.
Maintain social distancing when travelling from pits to track, and back to pits.
Where walkways have a width below the minimum social distance, make one way.
The Pits should be formally laid out – leaving it as a ‘free for all’ should be avoided as it’ll be hard to ensure that social distancing is maintained.
If Competitors use tables and chairs provided by the club, they will need to be disinfected prior to and post the event.
Pay particular attention to the normal Health & Safety concerns in the Pits – we have more issues in the Pits than we have on the Track and dealing with an injury in the pits is not something we want to be having to do.
Ensure there is not a requirement for Competitors to queue – allow more time to ensure this does not happen.
Where possible – use separate entrance and exits to the rostrum, if that’s not possible then you will need to control the flow of people so people entering are not passing close to people leaving, there should be no requirement to queue.
Unless you have a very large rostrum where social distancing can be maintained then face masks will be mandatory, if the rostrum is particularly small then a face shield may be a consideration but this can generate optical issues so the recommendation is to reduce numbers in a race instead.
As a rough rule of thumb; – centre line of 1st person to centre line of 2nd – if this is greater than 1.5m then no PPE is required, under 1.5m then a face mask is mandatory, under 1m than a face shield may be considered to be appropriate if the club deem it so – for example poor ventilation etc.
All marshals’ posts Must be a minimum of 2m apart and for only 1 person.
All marshals must have their own Hi Viz waistcoat
All marshals must have their own Gloves.
Where possible marshals should access their posts and leave the track in a one-way manner and not have to pass each other.
If the above is Not Possible, then Face Masks will be required.
Do not display results in an area where they can be handled.
Preferably distribute them over the internet and encourage people to view remotely.
If this isn’t possible, then ensure the viewing location allows an easy flow of people.
Remind people not to crowd when viewing results.
Queries to results via Text or Email to race control.
Drivers Briefing (where required)
Emailed in advance of the event.
If one HAS to be done at the event – then it MUST be held in a large area with the absolute minimum of people present. Social Distancing must be maintained.
MUST Not be accessible by anyone other than the key Officials – if enclosed then this should be One Person if at all possible, if not use PPE appropriate to the space.
There Must be no physical exchange of Paperwork between officials.
Must be take-away only, preferably without the requirement to go indoors to get it.
Social Distancing must be maintained.
If Possible, avoid the use of Cash – or insist on the correct change if not.
MUST Not be used – except for toilets.
This is a difficult subject to get concise information on.
We should work to the basic principles – keep social distancing in place.
Provide surface cleaner, hand sanitiser and hand wipes.
Restrict multiple occupancy toilets to ensure social distancing.
Camping at the time of writing this document we are advised that it is Ok to camp, in England, as of the 4th of July (The dates for Ireland, Wales & Scotland being spread over the following 2 weeks in all likelihood). But it is not a simple exercise for the club to do, one of the clearest guides we’ve seen to what is required is linked below.
So, in short, camping is possible – but it’s not as straightforward as it was, there will be more for clubs to do and it will take significantly more space.
If in Doubt ask – you can always contact the Association via ‘Contact Us’ or give an official a quick call, none of us will mind as we’re all in this together!
Effective Date for all the below is the 4th July (England) unless otherwise stated.
The following Q&A is intended to provide some clarity to the guidance documents issued – there will invariably be other things that crop up, if you have time then ask via the ‘Contact Us’ on brca.org. Otherwise apply common sense and do your best, these are difficult times and scenarios will crop up that are not accounted for, when that happens all we can do is the best we can in the circumstances.
Prior to the 4th July
It is the opinion of the Association that only the existing arrangements for practice events (or variations on them based on changing numbers of people allowed) will be possible.
Given the existing Government Guidelines and Timescale (For England) the below is what is believed will be required to commence Competitive Events.
All of the Below has been taken from Government, Sport England and Motorsport UK documentation and interpreted to fit our activity – it is the Associations responsibility to do that on your behalf – it is Your Responsibility to Read it and Ask if Unsure.
Are there restrictions on competitor numbers?
Currently there is No specific restriction on competitor numbers. Each organiser/ venue will need to consider the needs of the venue in order to identify if and how they need to restrict numbers to allow for all guidance requirements to be implemented.
Will we need PPE?
All competitors will need to provide their own Hi Viz waistcoat and a pair of gloves (for marshalling) plus a face mask or possibly a face shield – depending on the venue and the ability to socially distance.
(Where we can’t socially distance the alternative is the mask/shield.)
Additionally, all competitors should bring their own bottle of hand sanitiser and dependant on the venue disposable gloves may be appropriate.
Is there any on site medical check required?
Based on medical advice, it is the competitor’s responsibility to only attend if they do not have any symptoms and have not been in contact with anyone who may have displayed any symptoms within the previous 14 days.
Additionally, should anyone at an event become unwell in any way, they must notify the organisers to advise that they are unwell, and they will be required to leave the venue.
There are many symptoms associated with COVID-19 and it will not initially be apparent that the person is infected with the virus. It is everyone's responsibility to ensure they are safe themselves and that their action, or lack of, may detrimentally impact on fellow participants.
What should I do if I have concerns about attending events under current conditions?
Whilst we have guidance to allow for events to resume, participation is not mandatory, and every individual must consider their own personal circumstances and determine whether they should participate.
It is unacceptable to try and ‘convince’ anybody to attend, there are a multitude of reasons why some of our fellow racers won’t feel comfortable attending an event currently.
How will event registration be operated?
This will be determined by the organisers to enable the guidance to be respected. Some of them already have an online event management system. Some of them may have systems may be easily adaptable, in the event they are not, then the organiser will require each participant to submit by email their entry, in good time before the event.
Will there be Scrutineering?
Not where the handling of the car is required, there may well be measuring equipment made available where each competitor processes their own car observed by an official, should there be a protest then it may be required to remove the entire car from the event to conduct the test/checks in a safe environment.
Will any site signage be required?
This may be required, if it is, we will email an easily printable file to all clubs and organisers.
Will it still be possible to pay the club for practice or racing when I arrive?
Probably not as cash handling should be avoided and on-site payments should be contactless – if cash cannot be avoided then use of the correct change is required.
You may be required to pre-register/ enter and pay using whatever system the club and or the organisers require.
Will my mechanic be required to wear a face mask or any PPE?
The requirement for the wearing of PPE is venue dependant – but it applies to all on site.
Can I arrive the previous day or stop overnight?
This will be dependent upon ongoing government regulation but in principle Yes.
However, it is very venue dependant due to social distancing requirements meaning that everything requires more room – check with the venue.
Can I use a gazebo or pitting tent?
Yes, but once again it is venue dependant so you’ll need to check with them and social distancing still applies, hence it should only be for the competitor and their mechanic, it is recommended that sides be left off/open so they are well ventilated
Can the normal trackside shop be open?
In principle yes, provided that they are able operate social distancing measures, and can avoid handling cash wherever possible (see paying for your racing)
Will catering facilities be open as usual at the venue?
At this time take away facilities can operate provided social distancing can be maintained.
Will my family be able to come to the events?
This will be dependent upon the venue, while it’s theoretically within the regulations the space within the venue may make this impossible check with the organiser.
Can I still use a handout transponder for the event?
Transponders may still be hired under sanitised conditions. You should check with the organisers that transponder hire is available at the event.
Should you have further queries, please use ‘contact us’ at brca.org
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