Wales will go into full lockdown with Tier 4 restrictions for three weeks from 28th December, Mark Drakeford, the First Minister has announced.
The Welsh Labour leader said a "sustained rise in coronavirus" meant that Wales would have to move into its highest level of restrictions. Some measures will come into force on Christmas Eve with all non-essential retail, including close contact services and all leisure and fitness centres forced to close from the end of the day. All hospitality premises will also close from 6pm on Christmas Day.
For motorcycle sport, this means that up to 30 people are allowed to take part in activities outdoors, whilst any indoor activity only 15 people are permitted to participate. ACU Licence holders are reminded that unless it is essential travel there should be no crossing of national borders, ie. competitors based in England should not be travelling to Wales to compete and vice versa. Furthermore, although we all think motorcycle sport is important, which it is, in the current situation we find ourselves in, it is not essential. As more of England move into Tier 3 (Very High Alert) areas, when Organising motorcycle sport activity in a Tier 3 designated area, we should be aware of the following restrictions:
leisure and sports facilities may continue to stay open
there should be no public attendance at spectator sport or indoor performances and large business events should not be taking place. Elite sport events may continue to take place without spectators
organised outdoor sport, and physical activity and exercise classes can continue, however higher-risk contact activity should not take place
you can continue to travel to venues or amenities which are open, but should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible
avoid travelling to other parts of the UK, including for overnight stays other than where necessary, such as for work, education, youth services, to receive medical treatment, or because of caring responsibilities. You can travel through other areas as part of a longer journey.
Residents of Scotland, Isle of Man and the Channel Isles should continue to follow the laws, advice/guidance of their respective governments.
ACU Chairman Roy Humphrey commented, “We all need to be mindful of the new Tier 4 restrictions coming into force in Wales from 28th December. Although motorcycle sport can continue provided Organisers contact their Local Authority, local Police force and adhere to the guidance/advice issued it also means that travel is restricted. What we don’t want is individuals travelling from England into Wales to participate in an event. Travel is restricted in Wales and in many parts of England, so any event that is organised should be restricted to club members who live in the local area of the event taking place. It is really important we consider the NHS through all this and not put any additional pressure on the health service which is already under incredible strain, so it is important that Organisers do contact their Local Authority to ensure their planned event can proceed’.