Coronavirus and the JEC: A guide to the latest restrictions

LAST UPDATE: 14:00 14/7/2020

Many regional organisers will know that recently, key changes to Government guidance were implemented to enable sections of the hospitality industry to re-open. So, what does the easing of restrictions mean for events, shows and meet ups and what are the rules that apply to car clubs such as ours?

We have outlined the Government advice pertinent to us below. However, as regional outbreaks occur, (such as seen this Summer in Leicester, England) local guidance may also change on a regional basis, so JEC regions should also check with their local authorities for advice specific to their area of the country.

We are aware that some venues have been running or advertising certain small scale events. If members attend such gatherings, they do so at their own risk and should satisfy themselves that the business, venue or organiser has put in the necessary infrastructure, social distancing, track and trace and hygiene measures to comply with the regulations for hospitality venues.

Cafés, Restaurants and Pubs that are able to re-open, have been placed under heavy restrictions to enforce hygiene and social distancing. Many venues are operating a pre-book only policy and all venues are required to record the personal details of anyone entering their premises. Venue owners are being asked to act responsibly and control over-crowding at their establishments. From mid-July, outdoor theatres, cinemas and political bodies were also added to the list of exemptions from the rules on public gatherings.

The latest advice, which applied from 4th July 2020, urges us to 'Remain Alert and Safe.' It’s therefore vitally important that club members act responsibly and follow government guidance for your area, as tighter lockdown measures could very quickly return following a second spike if guidelines are not followed.

​General Advice

What are the rules on meeting up with people?

England

  • It is currently against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place except where specified in the Regulations, this includes private homes and outdoor spaces.
    From 25th July: Venues following COVID-19 Secure guidelines may be able to host larger groups. This is provided they take reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of transmission, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance and including completion of a risk assessment. Any other gathering in an outdoor space must not be any larger than 30 people except where specified in the Regulations. Social clubs must remain closed.
  • Those operating venues or running events following COVID-19 Secure guidelines should take additional steps to ensure the safety of the public and prevent large gatherings or mass events from taking place.
  • If attending a venue that is following COVID-19 Secure guidelines, you should take care to limit your interactions with anyone outside of your group and you should continue to maintain social distancing from those that you do not live with. It is critical that you follow these guidelines to keep both yourself and others safe.
  • Two households are now able to meet indoors and people from those two households are allowed to stay the night. Those two households have to maintain social distancing throughout, unless they are in a support bubble with each other.
  • Meetings indoors of more than two households are not recommended, because of the higher risk of infection that meeting indoors poses. Households can meet with multiple numbers of other households, as long as each is a separate meeting.
  • Outdoors, people from multiple households can meet in groups of up to six.

Scotland

  • A maximum of eight people from three different households can meet indoors, but must observe strict social distancing.
  • Meanwhile in outdoor space, up to 15 people from five different households are able to gather.
  • One household can meet up to 4 other households per day in total.

Wales

  • Indoor meetings with people from outside of your household are not allowed.
  • Two different households can now meet outdoors in groups of any number of people in size.

Northern Ireland

  • Indoors, groups of up to six people from different households can meet indoors, but must observe social distancing.
  • Outdoors gathering are strictly limited to a maximum of 30 people from any household.

How are the rules enforced?

Individuals can be issued with fines of £100, reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days, up to a maximum of £3,200 for repeat offences with more serious offences being prosecuted. The Police have powers to disperse groups of over thirty people and remove people from an area.

What about clinically vulnerable individuals?

Those who have been unidentified as at “high-risk” of contracting COVID-19 are now able to gather in groups of up to six people outdoors. This number includes individuals outside of the household. Those shielding can also form a "support bubble" with one other household.

When will the rules change?

The rules can be relaxed or made tougher at any time. However, the Government must review again before 31st July 2020.

Guidance Links

Key points:

  • The pandemic is NOT over – the lives of our families and friends are still at risk.
  • Check your car over carefully if it’s not been used for a while, paying particular attention to tyres and brakes.
  • Maintain social distancing of 2 metres where possible (1 metre in certain circumstances - refer to Government guidelines).
  • If you previously declared your Jaguar as being on SORN to the DVLA, be sure to update it before taking to the road.
  • If you didn't renew your insurance policy during lockdown, do it right away. To help with this, check out the contacts for our panel of insurers here: https://jec.org.uk/insurance
  • If your vehicle needs one, do you have a MOT? The six month extension only applies to cars that were due an MOT after 30th March 2020 and before 1st August. Extensions are granted in the seven days before the expiry date. After August 1st, you will be required to renew your MOT upon it's expiry as normal.
  • For more information on COVID-19 visit www.who.int
  • To view UK Government advice visit: www.gov.uk
  • For NHS information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Please be assured that during this rapidly changing situation, we are monitoring advice very closely and will follow up with JEC members if the situation develops.

Please note: As our volunteer organisers announce their move to postpone or cancel certain events, members should support them in that decision.


Jaguar Enthusiast Magazine

Our fantastic 132 page monthly magazine is still be produced and sent out to distributors for you to enjoy. We are facing difficulty once they have been dispatched as some local offices have back logs. Don't forget that you can also read the latest issue on line, with each issue being available from the 1st of the month in the members area for free!

JEC HQ, Bristol.

We will also not be accepting visitors to the Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club offices in Bristol at the present time and those staff able to work from home will be doing so, during this time, please be patient when calling the offices.

As the office adapts to the new working practices and restrictions the phone lines will be open Mon - Fri from 9:00am until 15:00pm. Please be patient during this time as we have reduced staff numbers answering the phone.


Regional Meetings and Local Events

We are advising all regions to cancel or postpone their monthly meetings and local club events for the foreseeable future, in line with government advice.

JEC Racing

The start of the race season, originally planned to start at Snetterton this weekend will be postponed until further notice.

In light of recent developments in the COVID-19 crisis, and following the address to the nation by the Prime Minister on the evening of 23rd March, Motorsport UK extended its suspension of all organising permits and Certificates of Exemption for motorsport events until at least 30th June. This move provides clear guidance to event organisers, venues, competitors, officials and volunteer marshals of the role that Motorsport UK must play in supporting the broader UK public health agenda. In recent days the feedback from our members and the community was a need for increased clarity to allow them to plan appropriately and, should the need arise, put in place necessary contingency measures.

Motorsport UK Chairman, David Richards explained, “Motorsport UK has a vital role to play with its community in re-inforcing that, at this time of national emergency, we must all stay at home to play our part in protecting the NHS and ultimately saving lives. Today, the government have required that we effectively lock-down for a period of three weeks, however given that the most vulnerable in our society are required to isolate for three months, it is evident that the most responsible course of action was to propose a longer suspension of our sport. When we reflect back on this time, it will be a brief, but vital, hiatus from our everyday motorsport life and we must put this in perspective. This is a time of national unity and we need to come together with the broader public community to do all we can to support this battle and ultimately save lives.” Motorsport UK will continue to monitor the prevailing advice from the UK Government in respect of the COVID-19 international pandemic and will update the motorsport community accordingly.


Latest updates:

***CANCELLED*** Silverstone Classic 2020

The organisers of Silverstone Classic have confirmed that the 2020 event is to be cancelled. JEC members should contact them direct for refunds or to roll-over pre-booked tickets. All advance ticket holders will have been contacted by Silverstone Classic. Their statement follows below:

It is with a heavy heart that the organisers of the Silverstone Classic announce that this summer’s flagship three-day festival – originally scheduled for the weekend of 31 July to the 2 August – has sadly been cancelled.

As the world’s biggest classic motor racing festival, the massive event always attracts unrivalled grids, many thousands of classic car owners and more than 100,000 visitors, many of whom camp out at Silverstone. The nature and scale of the event make running it in a safe, socially-distanced manner a huge challenge in the current situation; and the event’s much-loved family festival ethos also means that running the event behind closed doors isn’t a feasible option.

This summer, the pioneering Classic had massive plans to celebrate its milestone 30th birthday with a special ‘greatest hits’ racecard but organisers have indicated that they will carry forward these celebrations to the 2021 event.

“Following the latest Government advice, coupled with other scheduling changes at Silverstone, we have reached the inevitable conclusion that we will need to cancel this year’s event,” said an enormously disappointed Nick Wigley, CEO of Classic organiser Goose Live Events. “Given the current circumstances and the unclear outlook on timescales, staging a postponed event – which was our original back-up plan – isn’t something we can plan for with any degree of certainty if we are to deliver the style of Classic that we all know and love.

“I can’t tell you how sad this news makes me feel. For the last 12 years it has been my life’s focus to build the Classic into the most amazing family friendly classic racing festival, the biggest and many people think the best in the world, but our priority at all times is the safety and wellbeing of those attending our events – as well as our own team – and we know that Classic fans will understand why this step has been necessary.

“As an independent events company passionate about what we do, we are so proud to have developed the Silverstone Classic into an internationally renowned historic motorsport festival enjoyed across generations of car enthusiasts, families, racing drivers and petrolheads.

“In times of difficulty, communities tend to come together and we’re incredibly grateful for everyone’s continued support. It means a lot. The passion of those coming through our gates is what makes the event the success that it has become and we are now already looking forward to celebrating our delayed 30th anniversary with everyone next year instead.”

The record numbers who have already purchased Super Early Bird and Early Bird tickets will be offered the option either of rolling over their tickets to the 2021 event or requesting a full refund.

All ticket holders will be contacted in June with details of the next steps. As ever all the latest information can be found at www.silverstoneclassic.com.


NEC Restoration Show cancelled until 2021

The Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show, with Discovery run by Clarion Events have announced the new dates for the show.

All ticket and exhibitor bookings will be carried over to the new date. If you have any questions, please visit the website www.necrestorationshow.com or contact your ticket vendor directly.

Read the full story here


Goodwood Festival of Speed - CANCELLED / Goodwood Revival - CANCELLED

Click here to read the full story


British Motor Museum, Gaydon - TO RE-OPEN 4TH JULY

The museum will be re-opening for normal visitors on July 4th, but currently all events are cancelled until September.


Sunday Scramble - Bicester Heritage

Bicester Heritage has the made decision to postpone the next two Scrambles, due to be held on the 26th April, and the 21st June 2020 0- these events will now be held on 4th October 2020.

Bicester Heritage wishes to reassure all Scramble Pass holders, that their current Passes will allow entry to the Scramble on the new date of 4th October 2020. If you would like to login to your Eventbrite account to check your Passes, please click here. If you are unable to attend the new Scramble date then you are entitled to a full refund.

On behalf of all at Bicester Heritage, do take care and please ensure that care and compassion for one another remains at the forefront of all our minds.

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Le Mans Classic 2020

The decision has been made to postpone the Le Mans Classic in 2020 moving the date to 1st - 4th July 2021. If you have booked with our partner Travel Destinations they will automatically move any booking over to the new date. They will be contacting any members who have booked soon.

"Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Peter Auto and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest have decided to postpone the tenth edition of Le Mans Classic to July 1-2-3-4, 2021. After having carefully studied different scenarios and possible dates, it was finally decided that postponing Le Mans Classic to 2021 was the best solution for this event in order to continue to bring together all lovers of the vintage car in optimal conditions."


Summer Jaguar Festival

In response to more detailed information from UK Government regarding social distancing guidelines for public spaces and after extensive discussions with our venue and partners, the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club has been forced to cancel the Summer Jaguar Festival this year. The event had previously been re-scheduled for the weekend of 21-23rd August 2020 at Newby Hall and nearby Nidd Hall.


The requirements of the guidelines have made it clear that it will not be possible for us to run an event on the scale of the Summer Jaguar Festival this year and so instead, the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club will focus on planning for a fantastic weekend event that will include our celebration of the 60th anniversary of the E-Type at Blenheim Palace next year. This not-to-be-missed weekend will take place over 14-16th May 2021 and will offer the much-needed celebration we are all looking forward to.

Those who have booked show entry tickets to the event in advance will be issued with a refund automatically, there is no need to contact the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club. This includes any payments for weekend extras purchased through the club, such as camping or the Brewery tour.

IMPORTANT:

The Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club asks specifically that those booked to stay at Nidd Hall do not contact the club nor the venue regarding their weekend hotel package booking. Warner Leisure Hotels at Nidd Hall will be making contact directly with all those that have booked, as soon as possible. This may take a couple of weeks due to the number of members booked and we thank you in advance for your patience and understanding at this time.

Ray Searles, Chairman of the JEC said:

It is with huge sadness that we have reluctantly concluded, in conjunction with Newby Hall, that the Summer Jaguar Festival should be cancelled for this year. We appreciate just how disappointing this will be for the event’s many loyal supporters. However, the safety and well-being of every one of our members and volunteers is paramount.
These are unprecedented times, therefore we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding throughout. The good news is however, that we have been afforded even more time to work on a really special event for next year’s Summer Jaguar Festival at Blenheim Palace. This will feature E60 - the 60th anniversary of the E Type alongside anniversaries for the Mark X and Jaguar’s first Le Mans Victory with the C Type. We have already completed significant work in planning for this ‘once in a lifetime’ event and cannot wait to share our exciting announcements with you over the coming weeks.”

Sarah Goldsbrough, National Sales Manager at Warner Leisure Hotels, Nidd Hall said;

“Nidd Hall was very much looking forward to accommodating Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club members for the Summer Festival again and, although we understand the reasons for cancelling, we’re disappointed - we like to welcome groups, their guests and we were excited to see all the cars!
Nidd Hall will re-open its doors to guests on 27 July 2020 and we would still love for you to join us for a relaxing weekend away in August, right now we could all do with something to look forward to. In preparation, we’ve been busy enhancing our service and hygiene protocols and introducing social distancing measures to ensure everyone is welcomed to our hotel in the safest possible way.
We know you will want to know your options, but there is no need to contact us, our team at Warner will be in touch with you as soon as we can.”

The Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club will be soon be announcing more information, booking details and features for the Summer Jaguar Festival 2021.

Like many organisations, much of the team at the club’s offices are still working remotely. So, please be patient if calling the office or enquiring via email as the team are having to cope with a high volume of correspondence as a result of the present situation.

The Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club wishes to thank all attendees for their patience and for the continued support of our partners and venues. We look forward to seeing you all for the 2021 Summer Jaguar Festival at Blenheim Palace 14-16th May 2021.


The 24 Hours of Le Mans postponed until September

In view of the changing health situation related to the coronavirus and the latest Government guidelines, the 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans, initially scheduled for 13-14 June, has been postponed until 19-20 September 2020.

Currently , the historic edition of the race, Le Mans Classic in July - is set to go ahead as planned.


CarFest North & South - CANCELLED

Chris Evans announced that, as a result of the ongoing situation with COVID-19, CarFest have taken the difficult decision to reschedule both CarFest North and CarFest South until 2021.

RESCHEDULED DATES:

CarFest North will take place at Bolesworth Estate from: 23rd - 25th July 2021

CarFest South will be held at Laverstoke Park Farm from: 27th - 29th August 2021

From CarFest:

"Over the past eight years we have raised over £16m for UK Children’s Charities – BBC Children in Need, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Rainbow Trust, Starlight Children’s Foundation and Teenage Cancer Trust – we want to continue to do this.

We know many of you have been waiting for us to announce the second release of tickets for this year, and we’re sorry to disappoint you, but do hope that you will be able to join us in 2021 to celebrate CarFest’s 10th birthday!

We plan to go back on sale for CarFest North and CarFest South 2021 in October of this year and we will keep you updated on final dates and details in the coming months."

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DONCASTER CLASSIC CAR AND BIKE SHOW - CANCELLED

Scheduled for Sunday 28th June 2020 at Doncaster College for the Deaf, Leger Way, Doncaster DN2 6AY.

Organisers will be taking the following actions: 1 – All Traders/Sponsors/Advertisers who have pre-booked will receive their payments back, either directly through the post or via bank transfers. 2 – All exhibitors who have pre-booked (none of which at this time had been processed), will have their entries returned by post and if any payments have been made via PayPal, these will be reimbursed. 3 – We will make suitable announcements to the media about the cancellation, taking whatever action we can to ensure as many people as possible know. 4 – We will keep everyone informed on our database and through national media when planning takes place for a return to normality and the timing for the RETURN OF THE DONCASTER CLASSIC CAR & BIKE SHOW in 2021. Contacts: 01302 771818/07931 561927 or 01302 539878 or 07932 231737.


JEC JERSEY TOUR - POSTPONED

Scenic car tours, and the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, have today agreed that, given the current circumstances the tour should be postponed.

Although official government advice suggests the tour can currently run as planned, we appreciate that, in these uncertain times, it is to everyone’s benefit, to be pro-active rather than re-active. The new date for this tour therefore is 18th September 2020.

So what do you need to do next regarding this tour?

1- If you can attend the event on the revised dates, you do not have to do anything, your booking will be automatically moved to the revised date .

2- If you cannot make the new event, your funds paid to date will be carried forward in the form of a voucher, which you will be able to use towards any future JEC tour with Scenic Car Tours, or any Scenic Car Tours mixed marque tour, at any point in the future. If you need to use this option, please email Scenic Car Tours on [email protected].

As we are sure you can appreciate, this is an unprecedented time for everyone, especially the travel industry, so if you can please only contact Scenic Car Tours if you cannot make the revised event dates, that would be much appreciated.

We know from speaking to members on the phone in the past few weeks this news will come as a great relief to those worried about travelling in May & June, and many thanks to all of you for your understanding and patience during this time.



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