Coronavirus Statement - Updated - 13th May 2020
Statement regarding Coronavirus – COVID-19
Firstly, we would like to say a massive thank you to all of our riders for respecting the Government guidance, the wishes of clubs and local councils across the region in resisting the almost irresistible urge to continue riding on tracks, with so very few exceptions.
You have shown such great restraint, and it is a testament to the strength of the BMX community.
We are sure you’re all itching to get back to riding, and whilst the Government is now looking to gradually unlock the lockdown, as Boris said: “We have been through the initial peak, but it is coming down the mountain that is often more dangerous.” We are sure everyone who rides a bike will recognise this!
So we ask three things of our BMXers:
Please check locally with councils and clubs as to whether your local facility is open, and please respect the wishes of councils and clubs – things may flex and change over time depending on the infection rate (R value), so stay alert.
Please, please stick to the social distancing requirements: two metres apart, no gatherings and so on – this is especially important in protecting other people’s health and ensuring facilities can remain open once they have been re-opened.
Stay safe and help to continue to protect the NHS – from time to time our health service will be under immense pressure in responding to local outbreaks of the virus, so let’s try hard not to add to those pressures! Plus, you’re all a bit rusty… 😉
British Cycling today issued an update, which can be found here. BC’s advise remains that no organised activity (including rides, training, coaching, events) should take place during this period, in line with government advice on social gatherings and non-essential travel.
As per BC’s update, we are sure you will all agree that riding a bike (of any sort) is a great way to stay active, look after your mental health and make every day journeys, and we too applaud the Government’s recent efforts to get more people cycling at this time.
BC’s update notes: “While the restrictions on cycling outdoors will be eased from Weds 13 May, the Government has made clear that this is contingent upon people continuing to act responsibly.
“The infection rate will increase if people begin to break these rules and, for example, start to meet up and ride in groups. This will also trigger the need for further restrictions.
“By riding responsibly and following the guidance, you’ll be securing our right to ride outdoors, protecting the NHS and saving lives.”
So thank you, once again – but please don’t let your guard down and stay alert. Especially on track.
With British Cycling issuing an updated directive and following Government advice and previous statements, South Region BMX can confirm that the next four rounds of the summer series are being postponed - Andover (26/4), Bournemouth (10/5), TNT (07/6) and Knightwood (28/6).
Clearly it will not be possible to reschedule all of these rounds and we don’t have clarity as yet on the implications for Brits qualification etc, so please don’t ask! When we know, we will let you know.
You will be aware that we are all being asked not to go out except for food shopping, one exercise session per day or for keyworkers. British Cycling have underlined how important it is that “all organised club activity must stop – from group rides to coaching sessions. It also means that whenever we go out on our bikes, we must remember our duty to ride responsibly. Following Government advice, right now we should only ride on our own, or with people we live with, and always keep two metres apart.”
We thank you for your understanding at this most difficult time for everyone.
South Region BMX has reviewed medical and health protection advice in producing this statement, which supersedes our previous statement issued on 11 March 2020.
Following the Government’s significantly revised advice around ‘social distancing’ which has requested everyone to stop all non-essential travel and unnecessary social contact, South Region BMX confirms that round 2 of the summer series at Runnymede on 22/03/2020 has been postponed.
This is in respect of the Government’s request, and due to the potential impact large events may have on emergency services, e.g. in our case requiring paramedics/A&E visits. The NHS is going to be under severe strain and so we must all do everything possible to help.
Entry fees will be rolled over to a future round. We hope to be able to reschedule the event, but this very much depends on how the rest of the season shakes out, which is of course dependent on Government advice and the effectiveness of action to tackle the virus. Further information on the impact of Government advice on National events will follow in due course, along with further updates from the South Region as things progress.
Up to date guidance and information can be viewed here. Current guidance continues to focus on encouraging good hygiene and now increased ‘social distancing’ including self-isolation for the more vulnerable or for those showing symptoms. If someone is showing the following symptoms, they should remain at home for seven days:
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
NHS advise that those self-isolating should not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital, and do not need to contact 111 to tell them they're staying at home. Testing for Coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.
The reason for wanting to contain and delay the spread of the virus is primarily aimed at protecting vulnerable individuals with underlying illnesses who are at greater risk of becoming seriously affected by COVID-19. The disease does not in and of itself present a particular risk to otherwise healthy human beings.
The following is an extract of a quote from an infectious diseases specialist recently issued to parents by a school principle in our region, which sums up the in some cases extraordinary response by a number of people to COVID-19:
“I am not scared of COVID-9… what I am scared about is the loss of reason and wave of fear that has induced the masses of society into a spellbinding spiral of panic, stockpiling obscene quantities of anything that could fill a bomb shelter adequately in a post-apocalyptic world…
“But mostly, I am scared about what message we are telling our kids when faced with a threat. Instead of reason, rationality, open mindedness and altruism, we are telling them to panic, be fearful, reactionary and self-interested.
“I implore you all. Temper fear with reason, panic with patience and uncertainty with education.”