ROYAL PIGEON RACING ASSOCIATION
COVID-19 RACING CONTINGENCY – RACE PROGRAMMES
The following document is applicable to those organisations that organise racing and will hopefully assist in ensuring a smooth transition towards facilitating racing if and when restrictions are lifted.
Under the rules of the association race programmes are
required by 1st March 2020 – rule 129. This provides RPRA staff with
sufficient time to collate race programmes, book sites and also meet the
General license requirements for gatherings (the law).
Taking into consideration these requirements and the
uncertainties relating to when racing will commence, organisations are
encouraged to develop race programme contingencies.
Race programmes should initially be formed on the assumption
that current Government restrictions will be relaxed by 7th May
which will allow members to commence training their pigeons. This will hopefully
mean that a realistic start to racing would be 23rd May – or later if
the organisation considers necessary. This will also provide sufficient lead in
time to allow the RPRA to meet the requirements stated above.
Organisations should form two race programmes. One based on
Continental racing being permitted and one based on no continental racing.
While the current restrictions are in place organisations
will not be able to meet to discuss and develop race programmes. Therefore
organisations should adopt a different approach; online meeting tools such as
‘Zoom’, email or telephone.
As stated this is based on a major assumption regarding how
and when restrictions will be lifted and it maybe that this assumption turns
out to be rather optimistic. This document/guidance will therefore be amended
and circulated periodically to reflect the current position.
We need to be in a position to react quickly and ensure
racing starts as soon as possible.
Therefore, we will require all contingency/amended race programmes
at least 21 days before the first race.
The attached document should be completed and returned via
post to The Reddings. However given the current delays to some Royal Mail
services it is advisable to send the documents via email to firstname.lastname@example.org for inland race
programmes and email@example.com
for continental race programmes.
Drivers and Convoyers
In addition it is assumed that the restrictions relating to
over 70s and people with underlying health conditions will remain in place
beyond the start date of racing. Therefore organisations will have to put in
place contingency plans.
Under no circumstances should individuals that fall within
the ‘at risk’ category and who are restricted by Government be allowed to take
part in the transportation of pigeons to the liberation site.
Consideration should also be given to the possibility that
Government restrictions may also mean that more than one person from different
households cannot travel in the same vehicle.
A further document outlining protocols at marking stations
etc. and based on the predicted relaxation to restriction measures, is
currently being reviewed and will be published asap.