COVID-19 Regulations Update 22/12/2020
There is no change that affects model aircraft flying in Tiers 1, 2 and 3 in England since our last update on 4/12/2020. See https://bmfa.org/News/News-Page/ArticleID/2703/COVID-19-Regulations-Update-4-12-2020
However, the Government have introduced a fourth Tier which currently covers London and much of the South East and a number of other areas.
In the new Tier 4 the instruction is that you must stay at home, apart from a limited number of exceptions. One of those exceptions is “to visit a public outdoor place for the purposes of open air recreation” and the definition of a public outdoor place includes “outdoor sportsgrounds or sports facilities” and therefore it is possible for model flying clubs to remain open and for model aircraft flying to take place within the regulations.
However, the regulations restrict an outdoor gathering at outdoor sportsgrounds or sports facilities to a maximum of two people in Tier 4 areas. Clubs should carefully consider what steps they need to take to ensure that no more then two people gather together, or whether it is advisable to have more than two people at the site at any one time.
The whole of Wales is currently at Covid alert level 4 and the Welsh Government has instructed all leisure facilities to close which includes model flying clubs.
Model flying itself has not been specifically prohibited. However, you should not be driving to get to somewhere to fly model aircraft, and the need to carry your equipment by car is not regarded as a justification on its own for driving in these circumstances.
Model Aircraft flying is permitted in all Covid protection levels and organised indoor flying is permitted in Levels 0, 1 and 2 for over 18s and also in Level 3 for under 18s. Please note most areas of Scotland will be moving to Protection level 4 on 26th December.
From 26th December all sports facilities such as leisure centres, gyms, health clubs, swimming pools, tennis courts, golf courses, including model flying clubs must close.