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  1. Covid19 - Beyond Level 0 - Scottish Cycling As we have now moved Beyond Level 0, Scottish Cycling has refreshed their website here with a short article providing some key considerations to make regarding activity over the next period of time. With all limits on group sizes and physical distancing lifted, we will be removing all of our previous guidance documents from the website. For the time being, as the Test & Protect system continues in operation, it will still be necessary to maintain a register of attendees to ensure that people can be traced as contacts of positive cases - however this will be constantly reviewed and you will be aware that the rules on contacts have also now changed.
  2. From Scottish Cycling - 19/07/2021 As I am sure you are aware, the whole of Scotland moved to Level 0 on Monday, and as such, our Level 0 guidance document now applies to all of Scotland. Following the Scottish Government announcement last week, a small number of modifications were made to what was permissible in Level 0, and the updated document can be found here. At this time, the requirement to comply with the Test & Protect protocols remains, and as such registers of attendance at activities should continue to be taken to support the national effort to suppress the spread of the virus. Looking ahead, it is anticipated that Scotland will move beyond Level 0 on the 9th August. We have been consulted by sportscotland and the Scottish Government regarding what this looks like for sport, and expect to publish an updated guidance document in the days before this to outline what (if any) restrictions are still in place for activity.
  3. Effective Monday 17th May - Level 2 Guidance https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/zuvvi/media/SC_Guidance_Level_2-_17_May_2021.pdf Please note - the numbers below refer to all activities in an outdoor environment: including Club Coaching, Group Rides and Events. Indoor activity is determined by the risk assessment of the venue operator. Level 1 Guidance for now applies to most island communities Level 2 Guidance for now applies to most of mainland Scotland (bar Glasgow and Moray) and the islands not in Level 1. Level 3 Guidance for now applies to Glasgow and Moray. At Level 1: Groups of up to 100, with a total of 1000 participants over a day. Those supporting delivery of activity are not included within numbers. Physical distancing suspended during activity for all - must be followed before and after activity for all Aged 12+. At Level 2: Groups of up to 50, with a total of 500 participants over a day. Those supporting delivery of activity are not included within numbers. Physical distancing suspended during activity for all - must be followed before and after activity for all Aged 12+.
  4. Great news for club organised riding from TOMORROW Scottish Cycling has updated our Level 3 Guidance which comes into effect from Monday 26 April. Adults (18+) and Under 18s may travel locally or to another Level 3 area to take part in organised sport. Transiting through multiple Level 3 areas on a ride is permissible. Scottish Cycling strongly recommends a maximum group ride size of 9 for organised club group rides from unlimited households based on the retention of the physical distancing requirements from Level 4. Events for Adults in a Time Trial format may take place, with physical distancing before, during and after competition. It is currently anticipated that the whole of Scotland will move to Level 2 on Monday 17th May. At this time, it is expected that we will see the requirement for Adults to maintain physical distancing during sport to be removed, and expect to see further changes regarding group sizes for Events. Further information to follow in the coming weeks. The revised guidance document to follow is here 👇 https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/zuvvi/media/SC_Guidance_L3_A4_23.04.21.pdf The Covid-19 Resource Hub is here to support ride organisers and leaders.
  5. No change for JWCC The Scottish Government (SG) moved mainland Scotland from Level 4 - Stay at Home to Level 4 - Stay Local. Guidance notes are attached below, please follow these instructions based on the type of ride being undertaken. However, no club bunch rides are realistically possible under this guidance. There is some scope for a modest level of 'social' cycling activity, separate from the club. The Government undertakes 3 weekly reviews of its rules and guidance and there is a general expectation of a slight relaxation to lockdown and entry back to the previous Levels System, next review date is 26 April. This could mean reintroduction of small group rides with Covid-compliant Risk Assessments applying. https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/zuvvi/media/SC_Guidance_Tier_4-_Stay_Local.pdf
  6. Scottish Government COVID-19 Protection - Level 4 - Stay at Home Scottish Cycling would like to thank you for your patience this week as they worked closely with colleagues at sportscotland to develop updated guidance for Level 4 areas following the announcements from the Scottish Government on Tuesday. The updated guidance does permit a greater level of club activity than has been possible up until this point, but there are still a number of restrictions in place which are outlined in the document which can be found at; https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/zuvvi/media/SC2_Guidance_Tier_4_-_12.03.21.pdf Club Activity for Adults (18+) can take place, but physical distancing must be in place at all times, and the group size is limited to 15 during coaching (in a traffic free environment) and limited to 9 in group rides. All of the above activity must have oversight of a Covid-19 Coordinator who has a completed Risk Assessment and completed the sportscotland Covid-officer training. If activity does not comply with this, it is classed as informal activity and must follow the Outdoor Socialising Rules. Key Points Adults are not allowed to travel outwith their Local Authority area to take part in organised activity, such as club group rides, coaching sessions or events. Transiting through multiple Level 4 areas on an organised group ride is currently not permitted. Physical distancing must be observed at all times: before, during and after activity. Scottish Government guidance allows for Organised (formal) groups of up to 15 however Scottish Cycling strongly recommends a maximum group ride size of 9 from unlimited households. Organised (formal) activity - defined by the involvement of a COVID-19 Coordinator for the planning or delivery of activity. Outdoor socialising activity, including informal group rides: • Adult (18+)- 4 adults from 2 households. So, what is permitted is for a Club Ride to start and stay within a local authority area but only for members who live in that local authority area. If there are any Club Runs (3 - 9 riders) then there must be a nominated ride leader who sends in names and contact details of all participants for track & trace. https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/scotland/article/20200313-Scottish-Cycling-Coronavirus-COVID19-Guidance-0
  7. Scottish Government COVID-19 Protection - Level 4 - Stay at Home Scottish Cycling would like to thank you for your patience this week as they worked closely with colleagues at sportscotland to develop updated guidance for Level 4 areas following the announcements from the Scottish Government on Tuesday. The updated guidance does permit a greater level of club activity than has been possible up until this point, but there are still a number of restrictions in place which are outlined in the document which can be found at; https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/zuvvi/media/SC2_Guidance_Tier_4_-_12.03.21.pdf Club Activity for Adults (18+) can take place, but physical distancing must be in place at all times, and the group size is limited to 15 during coaching (in a traffic free environment) and limited to 9 in group rides. All of the above activity must have oversight of a Covid-19 Coordinator who has a completed Risk Assessment and completed the sportscotland Covid-officer training. If activity does not comply with this, it is classed as informal activity and must follow the Outdoor Socialising Rules. Key Points Adults are not allowed to travel outwith their Local Authority area to take part in organised activity, such as club group rides, coaching sessions or events. Transiting through multiple Level 4 areas on an organised group ride is currently not permitted. Physical distancing must be observed at all times: before, during and after activity. Scottish Government guidance allows for Organised (formal) groups of up to 15 however Scottish Cycling strongly recommends a maximum group ride size of 9 from unlimited households. Organised (formal) activity - defined by the involvement of a COVID-19 Coordinator for the planning or delivery of activity. Outdoor socialising activity, including informal group rides: • Adult (18+)- 4 adults from 2 households. So, what is permitted is for a Club Ride to start and stay within a local authority area but only for members who live in that local authority area. If there are any Club Runs (3 - 9 riders) then there must be a nominated ride leader who sends in names and contact details of all participants for track & trace. https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/scotland/article/20200313-Scottish-Cycling-Coronavirus-COVID19-Guidance-0
  8. Latest Covid message from Scottish Cycling on club cycling activity We've had a number of enquiries in so just wanted to drop an email out to you all to advise where we are currently. Following the recent announcements from the Scottish Government, there hasn't yet been any updates from sportscotland which would allow us to make any changes to our guidance. So the information on the website here remains the most up-to-date guidance determining what is currently permissible. Should there be any updates, we will of course email out to Covid-19 Coordinators to advise.
  9. I expect that the majority of JWCC membership will already be fully aware of the latest Scottish Government lockdown guidance and restrictions associated with life at Tier 4. In simple terms - stay at home except for essential purposes, Police Scotland is legally enforcing the measures, for the weeks (months?) ahead. Exercise is permitted in certain circumstances and close to your local area. British Cycling and Scottish Cycling have confirmed their positions on this and I have below lifted extracts from their web pages to assist any of our membership who choose to venture outside on their bikes at this time. It remains the case that it is not possible for JWCC to safely run any events or organise group riding while there are such restrictions in place. Stay local, keep riding, and come back smiling While winter is often a trickier time to stay active due to the cold weather and short days, it’s a vital tool for safeguarding our physical and mental wellbeing during what is set to be another challenging few weeks ahead. Although the restrictions have been tightened, riders are still encouraged to get out and enjoy some fresh air – whether that’s for daily exercise or essential journeys. Mainland Scotland is at Level 4 and will now have to follow enhanced guidance including; Household rules now apply to all activity (no sports bubble at Level 4) i.e. 2 people from a maximum of 2 households only. Sport can continue but it will be for a maximum of 2 people together unless under 12 years as they do not count towards the total (so more can take part). Travel is restricted (as previously) but with ‘stay at home’ the key message and this has been put into law from midnight on 4 January 2020. There are however exemptions for sport, exercise and recreation and participants can still travel up to 5 miles from the boundary of a LA to take part in informal exercise such as walking, running, golf or cycling as long they abide by the rules on meeting other households noted above e.g. 2 adults from maximum of 2 households. Please ensure that you have reviewed the latest Scottish Government guidance if planning to take part in informal rides during this period. Do your bit to minimise the risk of Coronavirus spreading by abiding with this guidance, the restrictions will not last forever. With thanks, Eric (Covid coordinator for JWCC)
  10. EricL

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    Hi Davie, thank you for your post and for being so open with us on the significant challenges you're about to face, as well as your cycling plans. It's clear from the above messages and many fantastic photos what a great tourist and adventure seeker you are. Whether its the one day classics, big mountains, Audax or cold and wet Scottish CX you always give it everything...and the same at the after party! We had a great time at Amstel 2019 but sadly I've no photos, maybe Ramsay, Paul or DavidC will do. I hope you get plenty enjoyment with your new bike and continue to explore those infamous quieter roads, no doubt still in search of a decent coffee and beer! Best wishes, Eric
  11. Another update has been published by Scottish Cycling today, well spotted George, I've lifted the extract below directly from the SC website and invite all members and social cycling friends to take the latest information on board. There is also a handy note on what differentiates an informal ride to a formal one. Another update will no doubt be along soon enough! With thanks, Eric. What has changed in the most recent update? The latest update to the Protection Levels Framework was made on Friday 4th December 2020. This update included the following: For informal cycling, at Level 3 and 4, the Travel guidance was updated to: 'travel is permitted up to 5 miles outwith a Level 3/4 area to start your ride, as long as your ride starts and finishes in the same place. At Level 3 and 4 for organised (formal) cycling for Adults (18+), an additional statement was added to the Travel section to provide the following clarity: 'club activity (such as group rides) must remain within the boundaries of the Local Authority'. In the Coaching and Leading section, changes to what is permissible with regards to the delivery of British Cycling Education courses across all Levels. Detail of what is permissible at each level is outlined within the Protection Levels Framework. What is the difference between informal cycling and organised (formal) cycling activity? Informal cycling is defined as cycling where there is NOT a Covid-19 Coordinator involved in the planning or delivery of the ride. Activities falling under this category, must comply with the restrictions which exist within wider society for outdoor socialising. Organised (formal) cycling is defined by the involvement of a Covid-19 Coordinator in the planning or delivery of the ride. Activities falling under this category, are able to take place with bigger group sizes as outlined in the Protection Levels Framework.
  12. Important Within the last hour I have received the following update on travel, i.e. ride, restrictions from Scottish Cycling and SportScotland, the same is posted by Scottish Cycling on their Facebook page. The guidance on travel has now passed into law and will have a significant impact on many potential club rides at all levels. The legislation on travel restrictions also applies to informal social rides (non-club activity) of up to two households. Group sizes remain as before i.e. up to seven on a club organised bunch ride. With thanks, Eric Dear Covid-19 Coordinator, I hope that this email finds you well. I have less positive news today I am afraid. Following the introduction and subsequent passage of the legislation on Travel in the Scottish Parliament, sportscotland has now provided an update to all SGBs on what this legislation means for sport. In essence: For Adults, living in Level 3 or 4 areas, you cannot travel outside of your Local Authority area for club activity. This includes club rides, which must stay within the boundary of the LA. For Children and Young People (U18) at Level 4 areas, you cannot travel outside of your Local Authority area for club activity. The 5 mile rule only now applies to recreational/informal activity which must adhere to the 6 from 2 households rule. Coaches/MTB/Ride Leaders continue to remain exempt from the travel legislation and can move freely across all levels. Full Protection Levels Framework document including these updates can be found here.
  13. Scottish Cycling has issued a note of clarification for the latest guidance outlined above, which also confirms our understanding of matters regarding transit across Local Authority boundaries, as follows; Protection Levels Guidance Update There was some late changes to the travel guidance on Friday after the regulations were laid in Parliament that was disseminated through to sportscotland/SGBs on Friday afternoon. We've now updated the guidance and it can be found at the link below. The important change is this: Participants of all ages (Adults and U18s) living in a Level 4 area can now travel within around 5 miles of their Local Authority area to take part in organised activity. The below point still stands Riding through areas at all levels is permissible and you may travel within 5 miles into a Level 4 Local Authority area to start your ride. In essence, the above allows for rides to transit through all levels as long as they start and finish in the same place https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/zuvvi/media/Scottish_Cycling_Protection_Levels_v6.
  14. https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/zuvvi/media/Scottish_Cycling_Protection_Levels_v5_-_NEW_VERSION-_FINAL.pdf As things stand with the new societal Tier arrangements coming into force from this evening, Tiers 4 and 3 mostly apply to our area, including Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and NAyrshire. Riding bikes for exercise across Local Authority (LA) boundaries is permitted (driving cars is not). Max group size 6/7. (6 if not a club organised bunch and from no more than 2 households) Up to 7 from the club provided all guidance is followed and Test & Protect register taken. Start and finish your ride from the same place within your own LA. Safe distancing throughout, practice FACTS etc. Suggest any bunch ride to be non-stop apart from mechanicals. Ride leader required for club bunch run to ensure guidance is complied with, as has been the case over the past months. with thanks, Eric
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