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One aspect of Boris Johnson's update a few minutes ago cuts across speedway more than anything else, namely his insistence that the emergency services should be concentrated towards where they're urgently and unusually needed rather than providing support to things like sporting events and other mass gatherings.

You can argue on here all you like about what size crowd is too big or too small with regard to that sort of guideline.

Very bluntly (and probably reflecting the general public's attitude rather than just speedway folk), the government won't allow an ambulance to be parked beside a speedway track for a couple of hours, often (and thankfully) not being required for any use, when it's highly likely to be needed in the general battle against coronavirus - similarly, accident & emergency staff need to be left to get on with general coronavirus admissions without having a speedway rider's broken bones added to their workload.

British horse racing (another sport totally reliant on ambulance cover for its go-ahead) announced earlier today it would go completely behind closed doors from tomorrow onwards but now only its tax generation via betting might enable it to keep its ambulance cover as a special exemption within these emergency services guidelines for mass gatherings.

However, given greyhound racing obviously requires a vet rather than an ambulance to be in attendance for its go-ahead, the dogs might be able to run round their tracks while the horses can't.

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1 minute ago, arthur cross said:

One aspect of Boris Johnson's update a few minutes ago cuts across speedway more than anything else, namely his insistence that the emergency services should be concentrated towards where they're urgently and unusually needed rather than providing support to things like sporting events and other mass gatherings.

You can argue on here all you like about what size crowd is too big or too small with regard to that sort of guideline.

Very bluntly (and probably reflecting the general public's attitude rather than just speedway folk), the government won't allow an ambulance to be parked beside a speedway track for a couple of hours, often (and thankfully) not being required for any use, when it's highly likely to be needed in the general battle against coronavirus - similarly, accident & emergency staff need to be left to get on with general coronavirus admissions without having a speedway rider's broken bones added to their workload.

British horse racing (another sport totally reliant on ambulance cover for its go-ahead) announced earlier today it would go completely behind closed doors from tomorrow onwards but now only its tax generation via betting might enable it to keep its ambulance cover as a special exemption these emergency services guidelines for mass gatherings.

However, given greyhound racing obviously requires a vet rather than an ambulance to be in attendance for its go-ahead, the dogs might be able to run round their tracks while the horses can't. 

 

 

 

 

The dogs don't carry humans on their backs :)

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Most cover is provided by private staff and ambulances paid for by the promotion. Not normally NHS staff,  I take the point on board they will be stressed by speedway accidents at NHS hospitals.

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14 minutes ago, Audiscore said:

Most cover is provided by private staff and ambulances paid for by the promotion. Not normally NHS staff,  I take the point on board they will be stressed by speedway accidents at NHS hospitals.

And I take your point on board about speedway's use of private ambulances.

However, when the government is really scrambling around soon for any medical resources, do you really think any private ambulance company wants the PR-disaster of insisting it still needs to honour its contract with a speedway club rather than adding that ambulance to the general cause (especially when the government probably offers a good bit more money for such a cross-over compared to whatever the speedway club was due to pay in the first place) ? !! 

Today's steering of emergency services away from mass gatherings is one step for now.

In due course, it will almost certainly be at least a short-term government enforcement that merges NHS and private medical resources into one overall medical resource for the national good - remember, any private ambulance still needs to operate under government standards while not being under the NHS banner so bringing it into one overall stock won't be difficult if the government insists upon it.

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5 hours ago, Audiscore said:

Why they need to call a meeting about this dint know. Common sense should prevail, the season should be postponed  until the pandemic is contol led.  Riders can't get here, others can't fly out causing real problems It's  a shame the controlling body can't make a desicion.

 

We are already seeing P&P days cancelled, that must lead to the postponement of meetings, its inevitable IMO.

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42 minutes ago, Audiscore said:

Most cover is provided by private staff and ambulances paid for by the promotion. Not normally NHS staff,  I take the point on board they will be stressed by speedway accidents at NHS hospitals.

44 minutes ago, Audiscore said:

Most cover is provided by private staff and ambulances paid for by the promotion. Not normally NHS staff,  I take the point on board they will be stressed by speedway accidents at NHS hospitals.

Many of the private staff are NHS workers, who would be better employed in their normal jobs on overtime than standing in the pits at speedway. 

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No doubt the BSPA will announce tomorrow that speedway is delayed....for how long?

My guess, is that we may be able to race again from mid summer but it will need a major reorganisation to fixtures.

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1 hour ago, Audiscore said:

Most cover is provided by private staff and ambulances paid for by the promotion. Not normally NHS staff,  I take the point on board they will be stressed by speedway accidents at NHS hospitals.

true , but i'm sure the paramedic isn't private.

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We normally have so many blank weeks and supporters want fixtures every week, teams will just have to ride Monday and Thursday to fit them in, if we get any racing at all. Time for a independent person to do the fixtures to stop self interest.

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59 minutes ago, james1234 said:

Whisper is that season delayed until at least May

The minimum of 12 weeks for the over 70's to not attend any gatherings, and I would think that is a good percentage of Speedway fans so that takes us to June.

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1 hour ago, james1234 said:

Whisper is that season delayed until at least May

Ok. Then I'll shout.

Not a chance of getting under way by that early date.

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24 minutes ago, Grand Central said:

Ok. Then I'll shout.

Not a chance of getting under way by that early date.

Someone in the 'know' told me July 1st, for one of my local tracks.

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The way things are going Speedway will be THE only sport running with spectators.

Surely it’ll be delayed until Summer...eventually!

The best the owners can hope for is an outright ban of mass gatherings by Boris, therefore triggering insurance payouts.

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