Coronavirus guidance - read the latest advice on events and local group meets here

Many local group meet organisers will know that recently, key changes to Government guidance were introduced stating that the "rule of six" now applies to social gatherings, meaning that it is illegal to gather socially in groups of larger than 6 people.

So, what does this restrictions mean for events, shows and meet ups and what are the rules that apply to car clubs such as ours?

We have outlined the Government advice pertinent to us below. However, as regional outbreaks occur, (such as seen this Summer in Leicester, England) local guidance may also change on a regional basis, so TR Register Local Groups should also check with their local authorities for advice specific to their area of the country.

We are aware that some venues have been running or advertising certain small scale events. If 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.

Cafés, Restaurants and Pubs are able to open, but track and trace is now a legal requirement and groups larger than six may not gather within the premises.

TR Register Local Group Meets

On advice from UK Government and relevant trade bodies, we are continuing to urge caution regarding events or gatherings. For those advertised by third-parties, you attend at your own risk.

We had hoped by the end of September, that it would have been possible to restart local group events. Indeed, we had made significant strides to put in place safety guidance for the resumption of club gatherings. But, the latest UK Government advice introducing the 'rule of six' plus new regional lockdowns where deemed necessary has made any relaxation impossible. We have also been made aware that most hospitality venues are wary of hosting gatherings other than small groups of no more than 6.

So, at this time, we are advising that you attend any advertised events (which must be run by COVID secure professional events organisations - such as the NEC Classic Motor Show) at your own risk. Certain hospitality venues, events companies and other premises have been granted certain permissions to hold organised gatherings. Those that are running events do so with significant burden of responsibility, risk assessments and COVID-safe infrastructure in place such as track and trace, temperature testing on arrival and sanitising stations.

We will be putting all this infrastructure in place for the Triumph Weekend at Malvern next year, so we are confident that our event will go ahead as planned with your safety being our utmost priority. So, you can book your tickets with confidence, knowing that you are also covered with a money-back guarantee.

For now though, the latest Government restrictions do mean that our local group meets, sadly cannot resume just yet. We believe the burden of responsibility on our volunteers is still too high, as is the risk to health from organising large scale events. Furthermore, Government this week advised us that the penalties for hosting gatherings that break the rules are to be increased both for organisers and attendees. Whilst these are mainly aimed at protests and illegal raves, we wouldn't want any of our volunteers falling foul of the law.

In the meantime, keep in touch via the Forum, the Podcast, our Social Media and your own local WhatsApp groups and Zoom calls. A few local regions, such as London and Leicestershire, have managed to organise road runs in small groups (no more than 6) to exercise their TRs. These are a good way to offer your group some activity, but please ensure you organise the run in such a way as to avoid any congregations of people at the start, finish or any stop-over points. Avoid gatherings in car parks or other public spaces. Observe social distancing at all times and follow the law. Also be aware of any local lockdowns in your area.

What are the rules on meeting up with people?

What are the rules on meeting up with people?

England

  • It is currently against the law for gatherings of more than 6 people to take place except where specified in the Regulations, this includes private homes and outdoor spaces.
  • Those operating venues or running events following COVID-19 Secure guidelines should take additional steps to ensure the safety of the public and prevent large gatherings from taking place and also gatherings of more than 6 people in groups within the event venue or premises.
  • Track and Trace is a legal requirement and details must be kept for a minimum of 21 days.
  • 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.
  • Meetings indoors of more than two households are not recommended, regardless of whether the overall group size exceeds 6, 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.

Scotland

  • It is currently against the law for gatherings of more than 6 people to take place except where specified in the Regulations, this includes private homes and outdoor spaces.
  • Some regional variations particular to Scotland apply, please consult Scottish Government advice. (link below0

Wales

  • Indoor meetings with people from outside of your household are not allowed.
  • Two different households can now meet outdoors in groups of up to six.

Northern Ireland

  • Indoors, groups of up to six people from different households can meet indoors, but must observe social distancing.
  • Outdoors gathering are strictly limited to a maximum of 6 people from any household.

How are the rules enforced?

Individuals can be issued with fines of up to a maximum of £3,200 for repeat offences with more serious offences being prosecuted. The Police have powers to disperse groups of over thirty people and remove people from an area.

What about clinically vulnerable individuals?

Those who have been unidentified as at “high-risk” of contracting COVID-19 are now able to gather in groups of up to six people outdoors. This number includes individuals outside of the household. Those shielding can also form a "support bubble" with one other household.

Guidance Links

Key points

  • The pandemic is NOT over. The lives of our families and friends are still at risk.
  • Read and understand Government guidance for your specific area of the UK.
  • Check your car over carefully if it’s not been used for a while, paying particular attention to tyres and brakes.
  • Maintain social distancing of 2 metres where possible (1 metre in certain circumstances - refer to Government guidelines).
  • If you previously declared your TR as being on SORN to the DVLA , be sure to update it before taking to the road.
  • If you didn't renew your insurance policy during lockdown, do it right away. To help with this, TR Register Insurance have a number of helpful schemes and allowances they are offering members. Contact them on 0333 003 8157 .
  • If your vehicle needs one, do you have an MOT? The six month extension only applies to cars that were due an MOT after 30th March 2020 and before 1st August. Extensions are granted in the seven days before the expiry date. After August 1st, you will be required to renew your MOT upon it's expiry as normal.
  • Please be assured that during this rapidly changing situation, we are monitoring advice very closely and will follow up with TR Register members if the situation develops.

Please adhere to these guidelines to protect the health of yourself and others.

Please note: As our volunteer organisers announce their move to postpone or cancel certain events, members should support them in that decision.



TR Register COVID-19 appeal

Don't forget our Triumph Over COVID-19 appeal raising money for the NHS. We have just a handful of plaques left over. Read more at www.tr-register.co.uk/nhs


TR Register offices, Didcot.

The TR Register are continuing to work remotely and are not be accepting visitors to the TR Register offices in Didcot at the present time. Staff that can work from home continue to do so, therefore please be patient when contacting the office. Please use email communication as the preferred method of contact: office@tr-register.co.uk


TR Action Magazine

TR Action Magazine will continue to be produced and mailed out to members, to offer a distraction, entertainment and information during this time.

We have assurances from our printers and the Royal Mail that they have put precautions in place to enable them to continue working for us. The situation the world is experiencing and its impact on the TR and wider classic car scene is moving and changing incredibly fast and is therefore difficult to remain timely and up to the minute with information in a six-weekly print magazine.

Issue 325 will be published 2nd November 2020.

As ever, our Editor Wayne Scott looks forward to receiving your articles and stories on what you have achieved on your cars as we know many of you have been getting those little tasks done during lockdown.


TR Register Insurance

Our insurance manager, Pete Barrett from TR Register Insurance says;

"Like many of you, we are closely monitoring the impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and what measures we need to put in place to ensure the wellbeing of you, our clients and colleagues. As such, we have temporarily shut the doors to clients visiting us at the branch in Worcester, but rest assured - we are still open for business.

During this unprecedented time, as some of my colleagues will be away from the office, we would appreciate you contact us to renew your policy as soon as you receive your renewal letter.

This will reduce our call volumes and enable us to continue to provide a top quality service even if we do happen to have limited staff.

In the near future we will be moving to home working, so please do bear with us if the we are busy. We will call you back if none of the team are available when you call."


Updated: Motorsport UK advice for sports events:

Motorsport UK has issued further reassurance on how motorsport events can continue during the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic:

Read more here.


TR Register Hillclimb and Sprint Championship:

Roger McEwen proposed the following actions to current registered competitors, all of who agreed to the following:

  • The Revington TR / TR Register S&HCC will be abandoned for 2020 in terms of results and awards.
  • Roger McEwen all work to obtain invitations to as many events as possible for the TR Register for the rest of 2020, assuming that existing events on the calendar will be in if they go ahead. Roger will issue SRs and Entry Forms as they become available.
  • That we will not have a Drivers Dinner / Awards Ceremony or Meeting this year.
  • That for 2021 the Championship Regulations will be the same as this year subject to any necessary changes in the calendar of events.


Latest event updates as of 22/9/2020:


***CANCELLED*** NEC Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show with Discovery

The organisers of the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show with Discovery, have announced that they have been given no alternative but to postpone the 2020 event.

The organisers of the great season finale at the NEC in Birmingham, Clarion events, pulled out all the stops to try and make the UK's biggest indoor show happen, but it turned out not to be possible. The change has arisen due to the rising number of Coronavirus cases as a second wave of infections sweeps the UK.

Show Director Lee Masters explains: “Having been given the greenlight by government for organised events to resume from 1 October, we were so excited at the prospect of bringing the community back together, with all our COVID-secure measures in place to create a safe and controlled environment for all involved.

“Although the latest government update hasn’t changed this possibility, it is currently under review and has created uncertainty for both our exhibitors and visitors. With the weeks now counting down towards our open date we still don’t have the clarity needed from the government.

“Add to this the prospect of local lockdowns still being in place and the communities’ understandable concern about what an indoor event experience will be, even with all the precautions we’re putting in place, we have taken the decision to postpone this year’s event.

“As a team, we are extremely disappointed as we have done everything within our power to try and make it happen. We want to thank all our partners, clubs, exhibitors, visitors and suppliers who have supported our endeavours to bring the show to you this year. We understand that this decision will be a disappointment to many people who eagerly await the Classic Motor Show each year and look forward to when we can get together again.”

The TR Register will now work on plans to mark the occasion virtually in a show of solidarity with show organisers and also plan ahead to ensure our displays in 2021 are the best yet.

Wayne Scott, TR Register Press Officer said, "We had hoped to really pull out the stops to put on a really special display for the club's 50th anniversary this year, but clearly we will have to postpone those plans until next year. 2020 has been incredibly challenging for everyone, but in particular our thoughts and support go out to the team at Clarion who worked so had to try and make this year's show happen. We will be back in 2021 with our greatest show stand ever."

Lee added “While we won’t be coming together as a motoring community this year within the halls of the NEC, to celebrate the classics we love, we will continue to share stories, memories and news across our digital platforms.

"Silverstone Auctions will also continue as scheduled with what is due to be their biggest and best sale yet. We also will be honouring our commitment to help the Sporting Bears Motor Club raise funds for their chosen charities and hope the community will continue to support them as you have done so generously in past years.”

What to do if you have tickets.

Members who have bought tickets to the show using the club discount code have a number of options available including transferring their tickets to next year’s Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show or the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show in March 2021. Visit FAQ page on the show's website for more details.


**CANCELLED until 2021** NEC Restoration Show rescheduled for 26-28th March 2021

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 outing of the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with Discovery, is now postponed until 26-28 March 2021. The organisers had hoped to run the event this August but with restrictions still in place, it is no longer possible.Read more >>>

**CANCELLED** Sunday Scramble, Bicester Heritage planned for 4th October

Bicester Heritage has been actively monitoring Government policy regarding the control of COVID-19 and growth rate projections for the forthcoming weeks. Given the circumstances, we believe that it is prudent to cancel the final Scramble open day event of 2020, due to be held on Sunday 4th October.


The inclusivity of the Scramble events means that, by their very nature, enthusiasts are encouraged to congregate in close proximity within Bicester Heritage’s Technical Site which, even in a distanced fashion in the coming weeks, would be inappropriate. Looking ahead to October, we believe that cancelling the event is sadly the most appropriate decision to take at this time.

It is our responsibility to safeguard our specialist community, employees, event-attendees and to uphold Government regulation. We are disappointed not to be able to proceed with the Scramble as planned, and we know that this will be sad news for the many event supporters who had made plans to attend, both enthusiasts and exhibitors alike.

We are reviewing future event possibilities for COVID-compliant gatherings and will endeavour to welcome visitors to our historic location once it is safe to do so.

Bicester Heritage would like to take this opportunity to thank our Scramble Pass holders and Specialists for their continued support throughout 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and look forward to welcoming you to our Centre of Excellence for Historic Motoring enterprise in 2021.


British Motor Museum, Gaydon: OPEN FOR WEEKEND PRE-BOOK ONLY

The British Motor Museum reassured us that they are committed to providing a safe place to visit. They are adopting new approaches in order to adhere to government guidelines so, whilst we they look a little bit different, they are excited to be able to welcome you back to the Museum. Most events remain cancelled until the first weekend of September.

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Le Mans Classic - POSTPONED UNTIL 1- 4th July 2021

Peter Auto have announced the Le Mans Classic will be postponed until 1-4th July 2021, due to the COVID-19 situation. More details for those who have booked through Travel Destinations can be found below:

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TR Register European Meeting - POSTPONED UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2021

The TR Register have had to take the difficult decision to postpone the UK European Meeting, until September 2021. The move will see all subsequent meetings in other countries, also put back by one year by universal agreement.

Although much of the detail will be announced in due course, the organising team have in place a new plan and agreements with all the major suppliers.

The theme of the weekend will remain as a celebration of over half a century of the TR Register. More details on the link below:

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