Motorsport UK introduces COVID-19 Officer roles to help guide the sport during the pandemic

Friday 19 June 2020

Motorsport UK has mandated two new roles – those of COVID-19 Officer and COVID-19 Medical Officer – as part of its systematic preparation for the resumption of motorsport from 4th July.

The new roles are central to all aspects of medical and public health planning in relation to COVID-19 for events being held under the authority of a Motorsport UK Organising Permit.

The COVID-19 Officers will be appointed by the clubs to ensure that Motorsport UK guidelines are implemented, liaise with various stakeholders including club members and officials, and monitor the local COVID-19 situation. Their duties will commence in advance of an event to ensure sufficient time to consider all pre-event processes and documentation.

Furthermore, Motorsport UK has appointed Dr Paul Trafford, the chairman of its Medical Committee, as its COVID-19 Medical Officer. At events where a Chief Medical Officer is required, this official will act as a local COVID-19 Medical Officer. They will be responsible for documenting and feeding information back to the Motorsport UK’s COVID-19 Medical Officer, and for ensuring that Motorsport UK COVID-19 Medical Policy is followed. Dr Trafford will be available to clubs who have any medical questions or concerns.

Hugh Chambers, Motorsport UK CEO, commented, “The introduction of these roles is the next important milestone in the responsible approach we have taken to the resumption of motorsport. Our primary consideration remains the health and safety of everyone involved in the sport. This measure underlines that we continue to study all available medical guidance and are implementing appropriate resources in response to it. It is vital that the community feels comfortable, and these roles will provide further reassurance that their actions and those of their colleagues will conform with best practice criteria.”

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