18th.APRIL – COVID MESSAGE UPDATE No. 9 - FROM YOUR CHAIRMAN:
As indicated in my last update things continue to look brighter. The vulnerable groups in many instances, if not already completed, will shortly be receiving their second vaccine dose and the programme is continuing to open up for the younger age groups. We have now also experienced the first relaxation within the ‘road map’ and I am sure there are many who welcomed the opening of specific shops and the chance for some alfresco dining out, or perhaps even in this first week determining to meet up with likeminded members for a limited numbers run out and socially distanced picnic, weather allowing.
With restrictions gradually easing there is the opportunity to celebrate this year’s FBHVC’s ‘Drive It Day’ on Sunday, 25th.April, or even VE Day on Saturday 8th.May, providing you follow the Rule of 6 or two households mixing outdoors. I am sure there will also be further opportunities, although no formal show events, as we get closer to the ‘new normal’ on the 21st.June, providing things continue on a downward trend.
We are now receiving notifications of events, all for the second half of the year, which have so far been published in the Spring Newsletter or posted on our Facebook sites. As further restrictions ease it is anticipated there may be the opportunity for the ‘Rally Team’ to meet, but regardless our Rally Secretaries will be in a position to publish what we know of planned events for the balance of the season in conjunction with the Summer Newsletter in June.
Regarding a return to Group meetings it is still too early to anticipate when this will be possible, being dependent on the country staying on the ‘Road Map’ plus Easton College remaining open for third party activities during their summer recess. We are hopeful that we will have a better understanding, again for inclusion in the Summer Newsletter.
Finally, regarding the Summer Newsletter this will be the final issue prepared by the ‘Covid Editor’. Until such times as the vacant Editor position can be filled from our membership I will however continue to ensure members are kept up to date with information as it becomes available via our Website and Facebook pages.
Enjoy your new freedom, but continue to observe the rules, and stay safe.