The following guidance applies, although it may be updated in line with any changes in government or Cycling UK guidance:
While restrictions are easing across the UK, the current virus is highly contagious and still very much in circulation so Cycling UK encourages people to cycle but to do so in a manner which minimises risk to themselves and others from it. Cyclists should use their common sense, especially by maintaining good hygiene practices and not cycling with others if feeling unwell or told to self-isolate.
There will be people who remain cautious about our group rides, and worried about people getting too close to them. Many of our riders are at increased risk from Covid due to age or medical conditions, so we all need to look after each other. Vaccinations have helped but do not make us fully immune.
There are no longer any legal restrictions or set numbers of people who may gather indoors or outside. However, other recommendations still apply. For example, face coverings should still be worn in crowded settings, particularly in day centres, and where requested by cafes and pubs. Riders should carry out a self-assessment of symptoms before attending a ride and should definitely not attend if unwell or contacted by NHS Test and Trace and told to self-isolate.
If you become unwell on or after a ride and Covid is suspected inform the Ride leader promptly, who should assess the situation with you. If you are on the ride, you should return home as soon as possible with the least risk of infection spreading. This may involve calling for help from home, or the leader asking for a volunteer to accompany you as a suitable distance. In any event all members of the ride should assess their level of contact with the person and take appropriate action including testing and self-isolation if appropriate. A committee member should also be informed and a CUK incident report filed if necessary.
If you wish to get an idea of how they work in practice, see recent ride reports on our blogs.