Coronavirus and the JEC: A guide to the latest restrictions

LAST UPDATE: 14:00 22/9/2020

Many regional organisers will know that recently, key changes to Government guidance were introduced stating that the "rule of six" now applies to social gatherings, meaning that it is illegal to gather socially in groups of larger than 6 people. There are now no exemptions to this rule and no events or gatherings can take place.

So, what does this 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 become even more strict on a regional basis.

We are aware that some venues have been running or advertising certain small scale events up until 22 September when the last Government announcement was made. We do not expect any events to continue to go ahead, but if members attend hospitality or events venues, they do so at their own risk. Members 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 are able to open, but track and trace is now a legal requirement and groups larger than six may not gather within the premises or book tables. A curfew of 10pm has been imposed upon all hospitality venues.

JEC Regional Meets & Events

On advice from UK Government and relevant trade bodies, we are continuing to urge caution regarding events or gatherings. For those advertised by third-parties, you attend at your own risk.

We had hoped by now, that it would have been possible to restart regional events. Indeed, we had made significant strides to put in place safety guidance for the resumption of club gatherings. But, the latest UK Government advice introducing the 'rule of six' plus new regional lockdowns where deemed necessary has made any relaxation impossible. There are severe penalties in place for businesses that break the rules, so most hospitality venues are unable to consider hosting gatherings other than small groups of no more than 6.

So, at this time, we are advising that you attend any advertised events (which must be run by COVID secure professional events organisations - such as Salon Privé) at your own risk. Those that are running events do so with significant burden of responsibility, risk assessments and COVID-safe infrastructure in place such as track and trace, temperature testing on arrival and sanitising stations.

We will be putting all this infrastructure in place for the Summer Jaguar Festival at Blenheim Palace and Heythrop Park next year, so we are confident that our event will go ahead as planned with your safety being our utmost priority. So, you can book your weekend packages with confidence, knowing that you are also covered with a money-back guarantee.

For now though, the latest Government restrictions do mean that our regional meets, sadly cannot resume just yet.

The burden of responsibility on our volunteers is still too high, as is the risk to health from organising large scale events. Furthermore, Government this week advised us that the penalties for hosting gatherings that break the rules are to be increased both for organisers and attendees.

In the meantime, keep in touch via the Forum, the Podcast, our Social Media and your own local WhatsApp groups and Zoom calls. A few local regions, such as Somerset, have managed to organise road runs in small groups (no more than 6) to exercise their Jags. These are a good way to offer your group some activity, but please ensure you organise the run in such a way as to avoid any congregations of people at the start, finish or any stop-over points. Avoid gatherings in car parks or other public spaces. Observe social distancing at all times and follow the law. Also be aware of any local lockdowns in your area.

​General Advice

What are the rules on meeting up with people?

England

  • It is currently against the law for gatherings of more than 6 people to take place except where specified in the Regulations, this includes private homes and outdoor spaces.
  • 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 from taking place and also gatherings of more than 6 people in groups within the event venue or premises.
  • Track and Trace is a legal requirement and details must be kept for a minimum of 21 days.
  • 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.
  • Meetings indoors of more than two households are not recommended, regardless of whether the overall group size exceeds 6, 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

  • It is currently against the law for gatherings of more than 6 people to take place except where specified in the Regulations, this includes private homes and outdoor spaces.
  • Some regional variations particular to Scotland apply, please consult Scottish Government advice. (link below0

Wales

  • Indoor meetings with people from outside of your household are not allowed.
  • Two different households can now meet outdoors in groups of up to six.

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 6 people from any household.

How are the rules enforced?

Individuals can be issued with fines of 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.

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

JEC Racing has now resumed, with social distancing, sanitising stations and other measures in place. Championship rounds remain closed to spectators and the access to the paddock is limited to essential personnel only. The next round is at Donington in September which follows our opening rounds at Thruxton and Snetterton.

Latest updates:

NEC Classic Motor Show cancelled for 2020

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show with Discovery, usually held in November at the NEC Birmingham has been cancelled for 2020 amid increasing infection rates as the UK entered a second wave of Coronavirus.

Read the full story here


Goodwood Festival of Speed - CANCELLED / Goodwood Revival - CANCELLED

Click here to read the full story


British Motor Museum, Gaydon - NOW OPEN WITH PRE-BOOK ONLY

The museum re-opened for normal visitors on July 4th and held a couple of events in September, but currently all events are cancelled until OCTOBER.


Sunday Scramble, Bicester Heritage planned for 4th October - CANCELLED

Bicester Heritage has been actively monitoring Government policy regarding the control of COVID-19 and growth rate projections for the forthcoming weeks. Given the circumstances, we believe that it is prudent to cancel the final Scramble open day event of 2020, due to be held on Sunday 4th October.


The inclusivity of the Scramble events means that, by their very nature, enthusiasts are encouraged to congregate in close proximity within Bicester Heritage’s Technical Site which, even in a distanced fashion in the coming weeks, would be inappropriate. Looking ahead to October, we believe that cancelling the event is sadly the most appropriate decision to take at this time.

It is our responsibility to safeguard our specialist community, employees, event-attendees and to uphold Government regulation. We are disappointed not to be able to proceed with the Scramble as planned, and we know that this will be sad news for the many event supporters who had made plans to attend, both enthusiasts and exhibitors alike.

We are reviewing future event possibilities for COVID-compliant gatherings and will endeavour to welcome visitors to our historic location once it is safe to do so.

Bicester Heritage would like to take this opportunity to thank our Scramble Pass holders and Specialists for their continued support throughout 2020. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and look forward to welcoming you to our Centre of Excellence for Historic Motoring enterprise in 2021.


Le Mans Classic

Le Mans Classic is planned for 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."


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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