IAM RoadSmart COVID-19 Restart Guidelines - Update
In light of the changing Government guidelines, the IAM RoadSmart COVID-19 Restart Guidelines have been updated to reflect the current position regarding hosting meetings indoors, in England. We still advise virtual meetings are preferable. This update reflects the following extracts from the guidelines for England, updated on 14 August.
Clubs or groups can begin to meet again in COVID-19 secure venues. However, you should take care to remain socially distant from anyone you do not live with or is not in your support bubble. You should also limit social interaction with anyone outside of these formal activities even if you see other people you know. Venues should ensure they comply with COVID-19 secure guidelines. More generally, you can continue to meet in larger groups if necessary for work, voluntary or charitable services, education, childcare or training, elite sporting competition or training, to fulfil legal obligations, to provide emergency assistance, or to enable someone to avoid illness, injury or risk of harm.
While the Government guidelines do make provision for group meetings, we advise it is for the organiser of a meeting to ensure the premises are COVID-19 secure and that a current risk assessment is in place detailing the control measures that must be followed.
The Government guidance makes clear that meetings indoors should be deemed 'necessary' and we encourage groups to explore all realistic virtual meeting and engagement options first, because they pose no risk of infection. We also remind groups of the importance of staying informed about any local restrictions and differences within the devolved administration areas as there are often differences in the numbers or make up of groups permitted to meet either inside or outside. Our overriding advice is that while we are trying to get back to a semblance of normality, the safety of our members is our main priority. We continue to advise that all government restrictions are followed and that groups operate in line with our own guidelines, to keep us all safe. Our updated observer and examiner guidelines are now available on the dashboard.