COVID-19 Regulations Update 4/12/2020

England

The legislation relating to COVID-19 restrictions in place from December 2nd has been published.

There is now an exemption in place where people can gather in groups larger than 6 in outdoor places for organised outdoor sport and physical activity. This applies in all tiers. Therefore model flying clubs can operate with more than 6 members present, however social distancing must still be maintained and clubs must operate in a Covid secure way. Clubs should consider how many members can be accommodated safely at their flying sites based on their particular circumstances.

See https://clubsupport.bmfa.uk/6-steps-to-covid-secure

Organised indoor flying is permitted in Tier 1, but only if the rule of 6 is followed.  In Tier 2 it is only permitted if it is possible for members to avoid mixing with people they do not live with (or share a support bubble with).

See https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-restriction-tiers-what-you-need-to-know

 

Wales

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 and https://clubsupport.bmfa.uk/6-steps-to-covid-secure

 

Scotland

Model Aircraft flying is permitted in all levels and organised indoor flying is permitted in Levels 0, 1 and 2 for over 18s and also in Level 3 for under 18s.

Northern Ireland

Tighter restrictions are in place from 27th November 2020 until 23:59 on 10th December that prohibit indoor and outdoor sport. Unfortunately this means that model aircraft flying should not take place during this period.

 

Travel for model aircraft flying.

England

The Government advise that those in Tier 1 and 2 should avoid travelling to Tier 3 areas and that those in Tier 3 areas should avoid travelling outside of their area.

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.

Travel into Wales from tier three areas in England, level three and four areas in Scotland and from Northern Ireland is not currently permitted for model aircraft flying.

Visitors from other parts of the UK are not prohibited in law from entering Wales. However, the Welsh Government advise people to think carefully about travelling to Wales and they strongly advise those living in Tier 2 areas in England or areas in Scotland level 2 do not travel to Wales.

Scotland

You should not travel in to or out of Level 3 and Level 4 areas for model aircraft flying.

If you live in a Level 0, 1, or 2 area in Scotland, or are considering travel to Scotland from anywhere else, you should minimise unnecessary journeys between areas in different levels and you must, by law, avoid any unnecessary travel to places in Level 3 or Level 4 areas.

Under current Scottish regulations you must not travel between Scotland and the other UK nations for the purposes of model aircraft flying. This applies to people who live in Scotland and to people who live in the other UK nations who are thinking of going to Scotland.

See https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-travel-and-transport/

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