The Prime Minister announced yesterday that The Midlands, North East, parts of the North West and parts of the South West are among those escalated to tier four. Tier 4 restrictions were introduced in Wales on 20th December.
To remind you what Tier 4 means…
Tier 4 is tougher restrictions brought in to try and slow the spread of a new variant of the Coronavirus. Basically Tier 4 means you cannot leave or be outside of the place you are living unless you have a reasonable excuse. In terms of motorcycle sport, any Organiser in a Tier 4 area must inform their participants that any planned event cannot now take place.
For those areas that are or have moved into a Tier 3 (Very High alert) area, organised ACU activity can continue but the following restrictions need to be adhered to;·
- 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
ACU Chairman, Roy Humphrey commented, “Firstly, I would like to express my gratitude to all the NHS staff and keyworkers who are working tirelessly and under immense pressure during this period where we have seen an exponential increase in the spread of Coronavirus. As we have heard from the Prime Minister and the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, the end of the tunnel is getting closer, but that end is still a long way off. No doubt at all, the Pfizer vaccine announced a few weeks ago and the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine announced yesterday has brought some hope but we still have a long way to go. All I can say is for those who remain in Tier 3, and are running ACU events, please do so with care, make sure you contact your Local Authority and local police force, you have all your control measures in place and you follow the guidance we have previously issued through our risk assessments and above all else stay safe. For those in Tier 4, it’s an all too familiar saying at the moment but ‘your event can’t take place’. Let us all support the NHS and do our bit and follow the rules. Finally, I wish you all a Happy New Year and I think we can all say that whatever happens, next year will be better than 2020’.
For those living in Scotland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, you should follow the latest rules/advice and guidance issued by your own Administrations.
The ACU will continue to monitor the situation and update everyone on a regular basis.