COVID-19 Update 26th February 2021

The Prime Minister’s statement of 22nd February gives a clear indication of how ‘lockdown’ is expected to be eased in England over the coming months.

The National Governments in Scotland, Wales and IOM are all following a similar pathway, but with slightly different priorities and timescales.

TREC GB welcomes the key, positive message that in England, from 29th March, formally organised outdoor sports can restart and will not be subject to limits on numbers. However, these must follow Covid secure procedures and guidance issued by the sport’s national governing body. Limited, local travel will be allowed.

This is for ‘sport’ only – including TREC, and social meetings will only be permitted outdoors. These must be limited to two households, or up to six people from different households. This principle must be applied to ‘warm up areas’, course walks and other social interactions as previously.

In England, limited overnight stays are expected to be allowed from 12th April.

The 17th May holds out the prospect of ‘outdoor’ gatherings of up to 30 people and fewer travel restrictions – which should allow more ‘normal’ full TREC competitions to be held.

Providing progress against the virus continues and the ‘four tests’ (in England) continue to be met, we can look forward to further loosening of restrictions.

In Scotland, restrictions may be eased from the end of April and a return to ‘levels’ is expected.

In Wales, a further announcement is expected on 12th March.

The IOM has no restrictions – other than travel to IOM from other countries is not permitted.

We believe that the Prime Minister’s statement gives us reasonable optimism that we can return to full summer TREC competitions this year – although this may not be at exactly the same time for different nations.

We will issue further guidance once we have more information, but for now TREC GB

  • Welcomes applications from Clubs for training and other events
  • Encourages Clubs to plan and hold whatever form of event / competition they feel best suits their circumstances and their members
  • Will update the ‘Framework’ and other Covid related documents for Clubs, to ensure these reflect the current situation.

We still have a long way to go before this pandemic is fully controlled, so please stay safe and take care.

But for now, it feels as if the light at the end of the tunnel is suddenly brighter and closer and we will be able to unlock ‘TREC’ this summer.


Christine Paine,
Chair of TREC GB