Covid 19 & Racing Pigeons

Club secretaries, please could you pass this information on to all members As of 23rd March the government brought in further restrictions to limit the spread and impact of the coronavirus pandemic. We understand that many members will be very worried about how to care for their pigeons especially if you keep them at a location away from home. Some key points to consider: Attending to the basic needs of your pigeons should be considered as ‘essential’, such travel is allowed – but you still need to comply with all of the latest government guidance. Further advice: Be prepared. Planning ahead is essential and you should have alternative arrangements ready in case you are unable to attend to your pigeons for any reason. The most important scenario to plan for is how your pigeons will be cared for if you become ill – ensure you have arrangements with your friends, family or fellow fanciers to be able to look after your pigeons in your absence. Q&A: I am self-isolating, but I feel OK. Can I go to my pigeons as normal? If you develop any kind of symptoms such as a raised temperature or persistent cough, current government guidance is that you should self-isolate for a minimum of seven days. Any pigeons kept away from home will have to be looked after by someone else for your period of self-isolation. Try to ensure that you always have enough food to last a fortnight at the loft. I have been diagnosed with Covid-19. What should I do ? If you have been diagnosed with Covid-19, the government guidance is that you must not leave your house, unless you are being moved to a hospital. So, someone else will need to look after your pigeons until you have recovered. You must not be tempted to continue looking after your pigeons until after you have recovered. Ian Evans CEO

RPRA Update

The following content has been agreed by members of the Confederation including RPRA, NEHU, SHU, WHU but excluding the IHU. As of 23rd March the UK government brought in further restrictions to limit the spread and impact of the coronavirus. As a direct result pigeon racing will be suspended until at least 23rd May 2020 The RPRA and other Unions will continue to monitor the situation.Updates will be published when available. Furthermore, the following applies to all members: Training of pigeons is classed as non-essential travel and is therefore strictly prohibited. Ian Evans CEO

RPRA Update

Following yesterdays announcement that included increased restrictions relating to the Coronavirus Pandemic the RPRA are currently discussing it’s impact on racing for 2020 and will publish a further update tomorrow morning. Ian Evans CEO

R.P.R.A. Delay start of 2020 season.

Since the Governments latest announcement and guidance released yesterday afternoon there have been conversations ongoing in relation to a proposed delay to the start of Racing. You will be aware that the Governments guidance included avoiding pubs, clubs and other community gatherings. Race marking etc are classed as a community gathering. I can now confirm that the decision has been taken to suspend all racing until 25th April 2020. While no one wants to see racing postponed I am sure everyone will realise and accept that this decision has been taken in the interest of all our members and the wider community. All liberations booked prior to the 25th April 2020 will be cancelled and the liberation sites informed of this decision. We hope that racing will commence on 25th April. However, this is very much dependent on developments, advice and guidance available at the time. In addition clubs and organisations should consider cancelling meetings, sales and any other gathering. Where possible all racing organisations will be informed of the above steps via email and also given further information in relation to the requirements to submit updated amended race programmes. Ian Evans CEO

 

 

Racing update from RPRA

RPRA PIGEON RACING AND CORONAVIRUS: UPDATE

17 March 2020

Since the Government’s latest announcement and guidance released yesterday afternoon, there have been conversations ongoing in relation to a proposed delay to the start of racing.

You will be aware that the Government’s guidance included avoiding pubs, clubs and other community gatherings. Race marking etc are classed as a community gathering.

I can now confirm that the decision has been taken to suspend all racing until 25th April 2020.

While no one wants to see racing postponed, I am sure everyone will realise and accept that this decision has been taken in the interest of all our members and the wider community.

All liberations booked prior to the 25th April 2020 will be cancelled and the liberation sites informed of this decision.

We hope that racing will commence on 25th April. However, this is very much dependent on developments, advice and guidance available at the time.

In addition clubs and organisations should consider cancelling meetings, sales and any other gathering.

Where possible all racing organisations will be informed of the above steps via email and also given further information in relation to the requirements to submit updated amended race programmes.

Pigeon Racing and Coronavirus

There are currently no restrictions in relation to Pigeon Racing and there are no known planned restrictions. However, this is a continually changing situation and if anything changes a statement will be made asap. What may result in restrictions ? The following statement is not based on any direct information received from the relevant authorities, but based on our interpretation and assumption. If future developments result in travel restrictions and restrictions relating to gatherings of small groups of people, then we can assume there may be restrictions in place in relation to pigeon racing. Ian Evans CEO

2020 Racing Season Update.

Thursday 12th March 2020.

The N.I.P.A. 2020 racing season is due to commence on Saturday 11th April from Mullingar.

At present no decision has been taken if racing will commence on this date.

Coronavirus.

No directives have been issued by D.A.E.R.A. (NI) at present on pigeon racing.

Any directives that are issued will be acted upon.

The web site will be updated next week or before if any new information becomes available.

Fred Russell Secretary.

2020 race programme

SAT 11/04  MULLINGAR

SAT 18/04 TULLAMORE

SAT 25/04 GOWRAN PARK

SAT 02/05 FERMOY

SAT 09/05 CASTLETOWN

SAT 16/05 BARLEYCOVE OB INLAND NAT & FERMOY

SAT 23/05 TALBENNY

SAT 30/05 TALBENNY & FERMOY

SAT 06/06 BUDE & CASTLETOWN Y`LING NAT

SAT 13/06 CORRIN

SAT 20/06 PENZANCE & FERMOY

FRI 26/06 ST. MALO/PLOUGASTEL O.B NAT

THE NIPA WILL HOST A STAND ALONE RACE FROM FERMOY TO CELEBRATE THEIR 75TH ANNIVERSARY DATE AND ARRANGEMENTS TO FOLLOW

SAT 18/07 AREA LIBERATIONS

SAT 25/07 AREA LIBERATIONS

SAT 01/08 TOP HALF & BOTTOM HALF TULAMORE & ROSCREA

SAT 08/08 MASS LIB GOWRAN PARK

SAT 15/08 FERMOY

SAT 22/08 FERMOY

SAT 29/08 TALBENNY YB NAT & ROSCREA

SAT 05/09 CASTLETOWN & 5 BIRD

SAT 12/09 SKIBBEEREEN YB NAT