**UPDATED 10/04/20** COVID-19 And Our Sport

Covid-19

***UPDATED 10/04/2020 @21:00***

ALL our Association events (i.e. all our Nationals and Regionals) that should have been happening between now until the end of June will either be Postponed or Cancelled.

 

*****10/04/2020******

Email to all BRCA Members & CLubs from Darren Newton BRCA Chairman

"I am writing to inform you that we have decided to extend our postponement of ALL BRCA Events until the End of June (30/06/20).

I really wanted to do this as a personal message via video however it seems I have the inability to learn a few lines and say them looking at the camera. I might release it as a blooper at some point!

An area has been created on the website: www.brca.org/covid-19 you will find a FAQ for General Questions, Clubs and latest COVID-19 announcements.

The lifeblood of the BRCA is our affiliated clubs.  Without clubs there are no racers, no one to organise our Regional and National events, no one to help the next generation of racers come through and enjoy our sport. 

When racing resumes, we will do everything we can to maximise entries for our clubs and get back to a full racing calendar. 

Clubs you are our priority!

During this downtime I hope that you are supporting the UK RC Trade and are taking the time to rebuild your cars ready for when racing restarts.

Regards

Darren Newton

BRCA Chairman

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**17/03/20**

Email to all BRCA Members from Darren Newton BRCA Chairman:

"The sport is facing some very difficult times, as part of the wider sporting community we are required to do our bit to help contain the spread of the virus by limiting the social gatherings that are the core of what we do.

Hence the Association Executive has had to take the following steps

Today (17/03/2020):-

ALL our Association events (i.e. all our Nationals and Regionals) that should have been happening between Now until the end of April will either be Postponed or Cancelled.

Please look out for announcements from the sections concerned as they get this resolved, please allow them the time to get this done as it's expected that trying to adjust the calendar at this time of the year will be difficult.

We Have Recommend to All our Clubs that they do likewise and close for the same period of time.

While we appreciate that this is difficult to do and will have financial implications for some clubs it is not a decision that the Executive have taken lightly.

We can, of course, only advise this to the Clubs and it's their decision to follow this advice, or not, but we do believe that this is the responsible course of action to take and so it's recommended that Clubs close until the end of April, but with a plan in place to recommence when we can.

We will continue to update you on the situation as this develops and if the current advise we are receiving changes."

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Quick Summary

The BRCA will strictly follow the Instructions of the UK’s governmental bodies as regards the continuation of amateur sporting events, currently this is, UK wide; – Carry On.

If this advice changes, we will follow whatever the issued advice is.

We hope that most clubs will do the same – but if a club chooses to curtail its activities, we will support them 100% in that decision. The welfare of our racers is the prime consideration and we understand that local considerations and knowledge will determine what suits them best.

 

Background

The UK Government has considered cancelling all major public gatherings, but while this remains an option, it has not elected to do so, and currently smaller sporting events will go ahead. 

Notwithstanding this, the Association urges all organisers to take the following practical precautions in respect of all events: -

  • Symptoms of coronavirus are persistent cough, high temperature, feeling unwell and breathlessness.
  • Participants, volunteers or spectators who feel unwell with any of the symptoms of coronavirus, however mild, or feel they may have been exposed to a risk of infection should not attend the event, and should stay at home and self-isolate for 7 days and follow government advice. There is no need to contact your GP or dial 111 unless your symptoms worsen, or you are concerned. Of course, in an emergency you should dial 999. Advice for self-isolation is available on the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection
  • If an event is cancelled or postponed, then no undue peer pressure should be put on organisers or officials to change their mind.
  • If someone is already at the event and feels unwell with any symptoms, however mild, unless they need immediate medical attention they should return home, self-isolate for 7 days and follow the guidance above
  • Ensure that elevated standards of hygiene are adopted with plentiful access to hand sanitisers and/or hot water & soap.
  • Physical social contact should be avoided. Do not shake hands. 
  • Any briefings that take place should be conducted in an external environment or well-ventilated, spacious indoor facility.
  • Public Health posters on Coronavirus can be found at the following website https://campaignresources.phe.gov.uk/resources/campaigns/101-coronavirus-/resources

The situation is dynamic, and therefore the Association requests that our community strictly follow government advice and adopt sensible practical measures to minimise the opportunity for the spread of any virus.

This notice is accurate as at 4pm, 13th March, 2020.

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