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BTPA Covid-19 Statement

With the ongoing unprecedented situation with COVID-19, the BTPA wanted to write to you all to give you an update first hand of where we find ourselves.
Firstly, we hope that all members, pullers, teams, helpers and supporters of our much loved sport are keeping safe and well. That is the most important thing. Secondly, we have decided at the moment to suspend all membership registrations for the 2020 season. This will be reviewed on 1 May 2020.
The current status with our planned events is as follows:
Date
Event Name
Status
16 and 17 May 2020
BA Vintage Fair
CANCELLED
5 and 6 June 2020
Angus Show
CANCELLED
26 and 27 June 2020
Kelso
CANCELLED
18 and 19 July 2020
Great Eccleston Show
CANCELLED
8 and 9 August 2020
Huddersfield
Currently running and to be reviewed
28, 29 and 30 August 2020
Great Eccleston – August
Currently running and to be reviewed
19 and 20 September 2020
Scottish Championship Tractor Pull
Currently running and to be reviewed
It is important to remember that the decision to continue with or cancel an event lies with the event promoter, and each promoter will be reviewing their events periodically.
The BTPA will fully support the decision of the promoter.
The decision to cancel events is not an easy one to make – especially if the event is still some months away.
Promoters either run the risk of leaving it running, then having to cancel at short notice if the situation doesn’t improve, which would be highly costly for them. Or the other scenario is that promoters cancel their events now and then the situation improves and the event could have taken place. At this stage there is no right or wrong answer.
We ask that whatever decision our promoters make, that our members support them.
We will all be disappointed if we are unable to pull this year, but the most important thing as always, is the health and safety of all concerned.
Thirdly, going forward the BTPA propose the following:
If there are no events in 2020:
  • Memberships remain closed until next winter.
  • Anyone who has paid their membership for 2020 will be re-joined free-of-charge for 2021.
  • All clutches will need to be inspected prior to the start of the 2021 season (Inspections can take place from 20 September 2020 onward (the date of the last planned event for 2020).
If there are some events in the later part of 2020:
  • Memberships will be re-opened with a reduced fee to compensate for the limited 2020 season.
  • Anyone who has already paid the full fee in 2020 will have a discount accordingly for 2021.
  • Any clutches that pull in 2020, will have to be re-inspected next winter ready for the 2021 season.
  • All equipment used (fire-suits and shatter blankets for example) must be in date. This is a requirement of the insurance policy.
We hope the above offers some clarity and we will be back in touch in early May with a further update.
As usual, if you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to contact either myself or one of the other Directors.
Take care and be safe.
Mel
On behalf of BTPA Board of Directors

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