As I thought in my last massage regarding club night meetings in pub, this is the latest update from Mark our Chairman.
I am writing to let you know that following recent update to Covid-19 related guidelines from both the Government and FBHVC the committee have considered the Club’s position and have agreed an updated policy which is attached.
In summary the Committee feels that given the social distancing guidelines still in place that pub meetings should not be arranged – despite our desire to help the businesses and individuals we run the pubs.
However, we do feel that clubs attendance at properly organised outdoor events and events organised by the club for its members should now go ahead. Although they should comply with Covid-19 Secure Guidelines.
The guidance will be updated on the club website shortly. The committee will continue to review the guidance as Government policy changes
Midget and Sprite Club COVID-19 Guidance 31st July 2020
The latest advice from the government has been update again, with new guidance relating to providers of outdoor facilities on the phased return of sport and recreation in England. However, the guidance for meetings indoors or in public places, such as pubs and restaurants, remains unchanged.
Pubs, Restaurants and Cafés
The regulations allowing pubs, restaurants and cafés to re-open have not been changed, making our club meetings held in these venues difficult as they still have to comply with restrictions to enforce social distancing. Many venues are operating a pre-book only policy and all venues will be required to record the personal details of anyone entering their premises.
The Government guidelines still make the following points:
To avoid risks of transmission and to stay as safe as possible, you should always maintain social distancing with people you do not live with – indoors and outdoors, including in the settings below. You should:
only socialise indoors with members of up to two households – this includes when dining out or going to the pub
only socialise outdoors in a group of up to six people from different households, or in larger groups if everyone is exclusively from one or two households
only visit businesses and venues in groups of up to two households or with a group of six people from different households if outdoors
limit your interaction with anyone outside the group you are attending these places with even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship
Given these restrictions remain in place at the current time, MASC advises all areas to continue to cancel pub meetings and indoor gatherings, until further notice.
Outdoor organised events
However the changes for organised outdoor events mean that many events are now taking place with some venues running or advertising small scale events. The restrictions have been eased to allow small scale events to be organised by businesses, professional organisations and public bodies, but the restrictions on gatherings organised by private individuals are still limited in law to 30 people. These events mostly require individuals to pre-book and are limited in numbers attending.
Given these changes MASC feel that members should be able to arrange to attend events if they comply with the Government guidelines. If MASC members attend such gatherings, they do so at their own risk and should satisfy themselves that the business, venue or organiser has put in the necessary infrastructure, social distancing, track and trace and hygiene measures to comply with the regulations for hospitality venues.
The committee feel that if the Covid Secure Guidelines are followed Areas can now organise outdoor events for members to take part in. This might be meeting up to travel to another event or an event organised specifically for members.
For your own safety ensure that any gathering is COVID-19 Secure.
However, as regional outbreaks occur, (such as seen early this summer in Leicester) local guidance may also change on a regional basis. So, members should also check with their local authorities for advice specific to their area of the country.
It’s therefore vitally important that club members act responsibly and follow government guidance for your area, as tighter lockdown measures could very quickly return following a second spike if guidelines are not followed
The government guidelines on meeting up with people are clear:
It is against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place except where specified in the Regulations. Those regulations allow venues, businesses, professional organisations and public bodies following COVID-19 secure guidelines to host larger groups. This is provided they take reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of transmission, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance and including completion of a risk assessment. Any other privately organised gathering in an outdoor space must not be any larger than 30 people except where specified in the Regulations. Social clubs must remain closed.
Those operating venues or running events following COVID-19 Secure guidelines should take additional steps to ensure the safety of the public and prevent mass gatherings or large events from taking place.
If attending a venue that is following COVID-19 Secure guidelines, you should take care to limit your interactions with anyone outside of your group and you should continue to maintain social distancing from those that you do not live with. It is critical that you follow these guidelines to keep both yourself and others safe.
Two households are now able to meet indoors and people from those two households are allowed to stay the night. Those two households have to maintain social distancing throughout, unless they are in a support bubble with each other.
Meetings indoors of more than two households are not recommended; because of the higher risk of infection that meeting indoors poses. Households can meet with multiple numbers of other households, as long as each is a separate meeting.
Outdoors, people from multiple households can meet in groups of up to six.