The Government are cautiously easing Covid restrictions across England but what does the roadmap look like for motorcyclists?
If all goes to plan, we should be back in the saddle before we know it. At the time of writing (23rd February 2021 (updated 25th March)), here is our interpretation of the roadmap’s four key dates and what to expect. We will try and keep this page updated as it is subject to change as new information comes to light.
Between each of the four key dates, there will be a minimum of five weeks: four weeks for the data to reflect changes in restrictions, followed by seven days’ notice of the restrictions to be eased.
Until Monday 29th March
Stay at home. It is against the law to meet socially with friends or family unless they are part of your support bubble. You can only leave your home for exercise limited to once a day and with one other person. You should not travel outside your local area. The motorbike stays in the garage (unless you use it for essential reasons).
From Monday 29th March
The ‘Stay at Home’ order will be replaced with ‘Stay Local’. The rule of six or two households will be allowed to meet outdoors but social distancing should be observed. Travel should be kept to a minimum although there is no distinct guidance how far one can travel. The motorbike can come out of the garage to meet five mates locally outside is allowed, but if you want to go for a ride together, probably better to hang fire until 12th April when when rules to travel further afield should be relaxed further.
From Monday 12th April
Rule of six or two households will be allowed outdoors but social distancing should be observed. Domestic travel and overnight stays and self-contained accommodation will be allowed (per household). No overseas travel. You can take the motorbike for a leisurely ride and head further afield with up to five mates but keep your distance. Overnight domestic stays is possible with members of the same household.
From Monday 17th May
A 30-person limit will be allowed outdoors but will still need to socially distance from each other. The public should make an informed personal decision with social contact. Rule of six or one other household indoors (subject to review). Travel and accommodation (hotels, hostels and B&Bs) should hopefully ease. International travel is subject to review. You can take the motorbike for a leisurely ride and head further afield with up to five mates but if you’re looking overnight accommodation, book your own rooms unless you’re from the same household.
From Monday 21st June
It is hoped the Government will be able to lift the remaining legal limits, but it is subject to review. If all goes to plan, we can ride free once again.
For the moment use common sense, wear a face covering, wash your hands, keep your distance from others and keep an eye on this post as details are updated.
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