Members should continue to keep themselves updated on current government and NHS advice. Please see https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest information.
Members are advised to follow the precautions provided by the NHS at all times details of which you can find here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
England 5/11/2020 - 2/12/2020
The Government introduced restrictions from Thursday 5th November until 2nd December (at the earliest), which limit the reasons why people can now leave their homes for at least the next four weeks (see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november).
Model flying itself has not been prohibited during the lockdown period and as an outdoor recreation may possibly continue in public open spaces dependent on any local restrictions. BMFA insurance remains valid as long as you are operating lawfully. However, legislation limits outdoor gatherings to no more than 2 (unless from the same household) and the BMFA advises that members do not fly alone for safety reasons.
Model Flying in the club environment
The Government has ordered that certain venues must close, including indoor and outdoor leisure and sporting facilities. We therefore see little option for model flying clubs to continue operating during the period of lockdown and they should close.
Therefore, our advice is for members to stay at home and make an early start on their next masterpiece.
Model Flying in Wales from 09/11/2020
With the end of the ‘firebreak’ lockdown in Wales model flying clubs can now re-open with a maximum number on site of 30 people.
Please see the Welsh Government guidance at https://gov.wales/coronavirus-regulations-guidance
Clubs must take all reasonable measures to manage risk and maintain physical distancing. For guidance on reasonable measures see https://gov.wales/taking-all-reasonable-measures-minimise-risk-exposure-coronavirus-workplaces-and-premises-open
Travel for model aircraft flying. (Wales)
There are no travel restrictions in place within Wales. However, the Welsh Government are asking everyone to think carefully about the journeys they take and the people they meet. It is also sensible to avoid travelling to and from areas with a higher incidence rate if you can
Travel in to and out of Wales for model aircraft flying is not permitted.
From the 2nd November the Scottish Parliament introduced a 5 Tier system of Protection Levels. However, non-contact outdoor sports (and therefore model aircraft flying) is permitted in all tiers and non-contact indoor sports is permitted in Levels 0, 1 and 2 for over 18s and also in Level 3 for under 18s. See https://sportscotland.org.uk/media/6229/phase-3-return-to-sport-and-physical-activity-guidance-301020-final.pdf
The current regulations in place in Northern Ireland, which will be in place until 13th November permits outdoor non-contact sport with a limit of 15 people subject to following public health advice on social distancing etc.
The BMFA Office functions remain largely in operation as usual, though most of the staff are now working remotely and we regret that the Office is closed to visitors. Please use firstname.lastname@example.org as the primary means of contact.
BMFA Organised events, contests and roadshows
The BMFA is advising that all events and contests scheduled to take place in the next 4 weeks must be cancelled at this time.
The site will be closed to visitors during the period of lockdown.
Important note:- We must advise members to always follow Government/NHS guidance and stay at home wherever possible.
Please stay safe.