Coronavirus: updated guidance for individual cyclists and cycling groups

Coronavirus rules are still in place throughout the UK and are being regularly updated. Photo: Peter Cornish

Coronavirus: updated guidance for individual cyclists and cycling groups

Coronavirus rules and restrictions vary across the UK and may change at any time. Here is the latest guidance for individual cyclists and cycling groups

***This is a live document and was last updated on Tuesday 4 January 2022. Note that it is not possible to cover every local variation across the country, and you should always follow local restrictions where these are imposed.

Statement from Cycling UK

As the national cycling charity, our aim is to support the UK’s population to cycle. This remains true during this period of coronavirus affecting the UK. Above all, the safety and welfare of Cycling UK’s staff, volunteers, participants at our rides and events, beneficiaries of our cycling programmes and the general public are always our main priority. 

As the virus and its variants, including Omicron, are still very much in circulation so Cycling UK encourages people to cycle but to do so in a manner which minimises the risk to themselves and others from it. Cyclists should use their common sense: for example, by keeping an eye on government guidance for their nation and Cycling UK's own guidance, maintaining good hygiene practices, and not cycling with others if feeling unwell or told to self-isolate. They should also consider taking regular lateral flow tests, in accordance with their nation's guidance.

England

As England has moved to Plan B, government guidance reflects the changes as applicable to grassroots sports participants, providers and facility operators.

See also Sport England's FAQs for more information. Event organisers should be aware of specific Covid-19 guidance for events and attractions.

Cycling UK strongly recommends groups appoint a Covid officer, who should undertake appropriate coronavirus training.

Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Executive has issued specific guidance for outdoor activity organisers and organisers of indoor gatherings. Further guidance can be obtained from Sport Northern Ireland. Undertaking a risk assessment is a requirement in Northern Ireland for outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people.

There were further rule changes imposed from 6am on Sunday 26 December and 6am on Monday 27 December affecting hospitality, social contact and indoor and outdoor events and gatherings. 

Cycling UK strongly recommends groups appoint a Covid officer, who should undertake appropriate coronavirus training.

Scotland

Scotland's government has issued guidance on protecting yourself and others. There were further rule changes imposed from Sunday 26 December and Monday 27 December 2021.

Specific guidance for cycling activity organisers can accessed via sportScotland. Cycling groups must appoint a Covid officer (or coronavirus co-ordinator), who should undertake appropriate coronavirus training.

Public Health Scotland is currently recommending that people defer seasonal gatherings.

Wales

The Welsh government has guidance on keeping yourself and others safe during the pandemic. This guidance will be reviewed weekly as of Friday 10 December by the Welsh government. There is specific guidance for employers, businesses and organisations, including activity and events organisers. Undertaking a risk assessment is a requirement in Wales for outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people.

There were further rule changes imposed from 6am on Sunday 26 December 2021.

Cycling UK strongly recommends groups appoint a Covid officer, who should undertake appropriate coronavirus training.

Events and festive gatherings

In addition to the above, we recommend event organisers also follow these guidelines:

  • clearly communicate ahead of the event that participants and spectators should not attend if they, or anyone they live with, have been asked to self-isolate, or are required to self-isolate after travel, or because they are displaying any coronavirus symptoms, and should follow their nation's guidance on testing and self-isolation
  • pre-event briefings should take place virtually where possible and should take into account the needs of those who have hearing or visual impairments, or who do not have English as their first language
  • consider allocating a Covid officer to carry out a coronavirus risk assessment prior to the event and mitigate any hazards Note that a Covid officer is a requirement in Scotland for all groups. In Wales and Northern Ireland, a coronavirus risk assessment is a requirement for outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people. Appointing a Covid officer to carry out coronavirus risk assessments is strongly recommended by Cycling UK in all nations
  • consider putting in place crowd management measures if the event involves large numbers of attendees
  • consider displaying a QR code to assist with tracking and tracing
  • continue to limit the amount that equipment that is shared
  • provide hygiene measures in the form of hand sanitisers, wipes and so on to ensure any shared equipment is thoroughly cleaned
  • reinforce messaging around hygiene and social distancing by displaying clear signage, such as the 'Staying safe' poster in the event organiser's and Covid officer's toolkits.

If anybody attending an event or activity reports symptoms, they should be directed to the relevant authorities in your nation. Note that it is not the responsibility of the club to inform members if someone has tested positive for coronavirus. This will be done by the NHS and an individual’s right to privacy must be observed. However, the group or club will be expected to be able to pass on contact details of all participants should they be asked to.

Insurance

Cover provided by Cycling UK under the organiser’s liability insurance could potentially be invalid if a member or affiliated group decides to go against the advice issued by Cycling UK, or their national government, and arranges group rides and events that exceed the numbers permitted or do not have in place mitigations against the transmission of coronavirus where required.

For individual cyclists, the third-party liability insurance included within membership will protect a member of the public against the risk of a cycling-related incident involving an insured member. 

The safety and wellbeing of Cycling UK’s staff, volunteers, riders, beneficiaries of our cycling programmes and the general public remain our number one priority. 

Cycling UK will continue to monitor the situation and will be taking advice from the government, the health sector and our partners. 

Avoiding contamination

The NHS has guidance for avoiding transmitting or catching coronavirus.

    Further queries

    Please see contact the Volunteering Team or Cycling UK's Groups Engagement Officer on 01483 238338.

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