Following last weeks delivery by the Prime Minister it has been left once again to the good sense of the population to do its duty in controlling the spread of COVID-19.
Some of the key words used by Boris Johnson in the delivery were as follows, “I know – you know – that it would be madness now to throw away our achievements by allowing a second spike. We must stay alert. We must continue to control the virus and save lives.
And yet we must also recognise that this campaign against the virus has come at colossal cost to our way of life. We can see it all around us in the shuttered shops and abandoned businesses and darkened pubs and restaurants. And there are millions of people who are both fearful of this terrible disease, and at the same time also fearful of what this long period of enforced inactivity will do to their livelihoods and their mental and physical wellbeing. To their futures and the futures of their children.”
Mr Johnson then went on to put our current position at Level three on a scale of one to five. With all of this in mind, NORA Motorsport are now looking a how to best implement a phased scheme, aimed towards getting us all back out and enjoying our sport in a safe environment. This is not going to be a process that will happen overnight and will start with very intimate training programmes, where safety measures can be properly implemented and managed. We have already started to work with individual organisers, putting in place Operating Procedures, Method Statements and Risk Assessments to ensure that we show common sense in maintaining control of the virus whilst starting to work towards a return to normality.
Phase one of the plan has been in place for many weeks now whereby we allowed no activity at all, phase two will be the return of the training centres in the coming weeks, working to string guidelines with limited numbers. This will be followed by phase three allowing very small events and practice sessions to take place. Phase four will be introducing bigger events with tight controls over attendance, hygiene and social distancing with phase five being the eventual return to a semblance of how we used to be.
So for the vast majority of us there is to be no change to the current situation, it is still impossible to put a time line to the phasing and we will continue to stay abreast of all developments. Assuming that common sense can prevail and there is no dramatic second spike in the virus, we are hopeful to be able to move forward in the coming months. We do not expect phase 5 to introduced until such time as a vaccine for the virus is developed and available.
The main thing that we need to keep at the front of our minds is the safety of everybody involved, so no matter the decision that we make organisers will also be fully reliant upon their medical crews and the need to safeguard the NHS.
In the meantime, we would like to thank you all for your patience in this difficult situation and urge you all to maintain as many measures as you can in controlling the spread of Coronavirus.
Stay safe for now and we will get you out and enjoying what you do the most as soon as we safely can.