SJ Cycling Updated COVID/CORONAVIRUS Guidance

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Latest Update: 21/12/2020

Salaam Alaykum,

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Saturday 19 December and further guidance from British Cycling we are suspending all cycling activities until further notice. We are disappointed to cancel the much awaited Christmas Lights Ride but health and safety always should be a priority for us and everyone around us.

As we continue to monitor the situation closely please remember that staying active is important, and those living in Tier 4 areas can continue to cycle – however they must either do this alone, with members of their household/bubble or with one person from outside their household/bubble. Those living in Tier 4 areas should not leave their areas to take part in cycling activities or events.


PREVIOUS UPDATE

We are delighted to inform our members that all outdoor activities are now permitted to resume in England in all three tiers. These activities should ensure that they adhere to maximum group size limits (six people for club/group rides). Therefore we will be restarting our weekly rides starting this Sunday. All information and ride registration is done through our dedicated whatsapp group.

British Cycling will monitor those areas which are designated ‘Very high’ (Tier 3) and will notify relevant groups of any additional measures put in place which impact cycling events or activities.

For more information please read through British Cycling’s announcement.


While we are awaiting full guidance from Sport England and British Cycling, we are pleased to say that from Wednesday 2 December outdoor activities can once again take place in London (Tier 2) including group rides, with restrictions. As before, all activities will need to adhere to the guidance we have set out and we will be publishing further guidance on this and our future rides in the coming days iA.

Please remember that the current national restrictions continue to apply until 2 December


In light of new national measures being introduced and guidance received from British Cycling, as of midnight tonight all SJ Cycling activities will be temporarily suspended. The suspension will last until Thursday 3 December. Please note that these dates are subject to change depending on how the situation develops in the coming weeks. In recent days we have been working – with British Cycling along with colleagues from other sports – to try to secure exemptions for certain activities, as we are acutely aware of the critical physical and mental wellbeing benefits which they provide during these challenging times. Unfortunately we have today received confirmation that there will be no exemptions for any activities, and updated guidance can be found below.

How can I continue to ride?
Under the new restrictions cycling and being active is still strongly encouraged, but there are a number of rules which we must all follow:

  • Only ride alone, with those in your household/support bubble, or with one person from another household. If you are riding with a person from another household, you must only ever ride as a pair. For example, two riders from the same household cannot ride in a group of three with a person from another household, unless all are part of the same support bubble.
  • Stay two metres apart from anybody not from your household/support bubble.
  • If you are experiencing any coronavirus symptoms, are self-isolating, are sharing a household /support bubble with somebody with symptoms, or have been told to self-isolate after being contacted by NHS Test and Trace, you should stay at home.
  • There are no restrictions on how far or how often you can ride, however we recommend that you stay within your ability level and prepare accordingly, especially if you are riding alone.
  • For essential journeys, the Government is encouraging people to cycle or walk where possible.

Find out more on the British Cycling website here.

What next?

While activity is suspended, SJ Cycling will continue to offer ways and encouragement for you to keep cycling – both outdoors and virtually – to ensure that as many people as possible can continue to stay healthy and active over the challenging weeks ahead.

While no SJ Cycling group rides will be permitted under the new restrictions, we will be releasing a SJ Teams Challenge soon to encourage and motivate you all to keep riding in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout the suspension period (November 5th – December 2nd). All suspension dates are subject to change, and we will continue to monitor the situation closely over the coming weeks. Any future changes will be communicated to you directly via our dedicated whatsapp group and SJ Hub website.

Thanks once more for all of your ongoing participation, dedication and efforts during this challenging year, and take care.

SJ Cycling