Updated COVID-19 Guidance in relation to travel

Friday 16 October 2020

In response to the latest COVID-19 guidance received from the Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport in relation to travel, Motorsport UK is now able to provide guidance for the community as it applies to England. Motorsport UK continues to work with the governments of the other devolved nations and will provide specific guidance for all home countries once it is available. Until then, participants from other devolved nations should follow their applicable government obligations.

Motorsport remains an activity permitted under COVID-19 regulations subject to conformity with:

The key elements remain to respect general and personal safety obligations relating to:

  • Social distancing
  • Face Masks and appropriate PPE
  • Mitigating risks of surface contamination and transmission through the use of sanitisation including vehicles and tools/equipment

The following travel guidance received from DCMS applies in England and participants must otherwise follow devolved government obligations:

You may continue to travel within a very high alert level area to venues or amenities which are open, for work or to access education, but you should – and aim to – reduce the number of journeys you make.

You should try to avoid travelling outside the very high alert level area you reside in or entering a very high alert level area, other than for things like work, education or youth services, to meet caring responsibilities or if you are travelling through as part of a longer journey. In the motorsport context therefore, where the motorsport activity is part of or is your work then you can travel from a very high alert area to a different area (subject to devolved government rules) – but you must respect the other sport governing body and personal safety rules at all times.

There are no issues for travel in terms of elite sports events/travel for the purposes of work in that context.

For grassroots (non-elite sport) participation, where limitations on travel into and out of highest risk areas are ‘advised’ (i.e. this is an advisory, not enforcement situation), the advice is that travel is ok as per below:

To clarify:

Medium: there are no restrictions on travel for Motorsport UK Events or testing.

High: there are no restrictions on travel for Motorsport UK Events or testing, but you should aim to reduce the number of journeys you make where possible.

Very high: You are advised not to travel into or out of areas unless you are travelling to an elite event however government acknowledges that is advice and not an enforcement situation and Motorsport UK permitted events are to be treated as supervised sport.