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#1 Posted : 02 September 2020 08:19:33(UTC)
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Hi folks,

As those who’ve been out on a club ride during the last week will probably be aware, the guidance from Scottish Cycling has now been modified to reflect the resumption of adult contact sports last week. There are two key changes to be aware of:

First, the requirement for physical distancing is now suspended during group rides, which will therefore be more straightforward and feel comparatively normal. This suspension only applies during the activity and physical distancing is still required before and after the ride, and at any café stops.

Second, the normal limit on outdoor group size (15 people/5 households) can be increased to a maximum of 30 people from different households during our rides, although in reality we never ride in groups of anything like that size. As with physical distancing, this relaxation of the rules only applies during the activity, and normal group size requirements continue to apply before and afterwards. Normal group size rules also continue to apply at café stops (an effective maximum of 5 people outdoors and 3 indoors), and groups which are larger than this on the road will need to split into smaller groups at the café and re-form afterwards so that our overall ‘bubble’ arrangements are maintained. To help us manage this process (and to prevent large numbers of people from potentially having to self-isolate!) we will probably therefore need to continue to ride in reasonably small groups, at least for the time being.

These are quite significant concessions to the normal rules for outdoor social gatherings, and it’s worth noting that they only apply to organised club rides that are undertaken in line with Scottish Cycling club guidance, including a nominated COVID contact, an agreed risk management protocol and the arrangements that we’ve established for contact tracing. Casual rides by club members and others still need to adhere to the standard group size limits and maintain physical distancing throughout.

I hope this is all reasonably clear (accepting that the current position is fairly complex) – and please get in touch if any queries arise.

All the best,

Mark

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#2 Posted : 13 September 2020 16:53:59(UTC)
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Hi all,

You'll no doubt have picked up on the latest update to Scottish Government rules about the number of people/households who can meet up socially. As of the end of last week, this has been reduced to six people from two households (both indoors and outdoors) - the so-called "rule of six".

Scottish Cycling/sportscotland have confirmed that this does not affect the more relaxed position with regard to group size and physical distancing that applies during organised club rides. The "rule of six" does however apply before and after these rides, and at cafe stops. This effectively means that our ride groups now need to split into groups of two at cafes, whether sitting inside or out. As before, we will need to re-form into the same ride groups after the cafe stop to maintain our contact tracing 'bubbles'.

This may well make cafe stops a bit more difficult to manage than the previous arrangement, so we'll need to take extra care to ensure that it works. Scottish Cycling have also emphasised that the Scottish Government needs to clearly communicate the exemption for organised sport to the wider public, to ensure that this does not lead to any tensions or misunderstandings when clubs are out on the road. On the positive side, it's clearly good that the exemption during rides remains in place.

I hope this is all clear - and I'll keep you posted if/when there are any further changes.

Best wishes,

Mark
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