The South West BMX Association committee met on Monday evening and discussed at length our forthcoming race series in light of the government’s advice and guidance now that we are in the ‘delay’ phase of this pandemic.
We specifically discussed what the advice regarding social distancing and mass gatherings means to how we safely run our events.
We have unanimously decided to postpone rounds 1 & 2 and possibly later rounds of our 2020 race season until further notice. We did not take this decision lightly and as this situation develops, we will re-asses our position at every available point with the best advice we have from Central/Local Govt and British Cycling.
One of the major issues was that we cannot mitigate for the lack of ambulance and emergency response support, should the need arise, now that this support has been withdrawn from mass gatherings.
We have a duty of care to protect our riders and their family members, some of whom fall into the ‘at risk’ groups.
We hope that you understand our decision and that we are acting on the best advice provided to us. To quote directly from the Prime Ministers announcement this afternoon:
“Lastly, it remains true as we have said in the last few weeks that risks of transmission of the disease at mass gatherings such as sporting events are relatively low. But obviously, logically as we advise against unnecessary social contact of all kinds, it is right that we should extend this advice to mass gatherings as well. And so we’ve also got to ensure that we have the critical workers we need, that might otherwise be deployed at those gatherings, to deal with this emergency. So from tomorrow, we will no longer be supporting mass gatherings with emergency workers in the way that we normally do. So mass gatherings, we are now moving emphatically away from. And I know that many people – including millions of fit and active people over 70 – may feel, listening to what I have just said, that there is something excessive about these measures. But I have to say, I believe that they are overwhelmingly worth it to slow the spread of the disease, to reduce the peak, to save life, minimise suffering and to give our NHS the chance to cope.”