The Board Bulletin - No. 2 - 23 March 2020

Hello Members

I had not expected to be writing to you again so soon, but the Coronavirus situation has changed again and what we had planned is no longer wise.
The Club is committed to following the advice of our Governments and Chief Medical officers and will act accordingly.

A quick update of the current situation as it stands today.
The Prime Minister has announced the following measures that we can expect to be in place for 6 months:

•    No non-essential gatherings of more than 500 people outside or more than 100 people inside.
•    All non-essential indoor gatherings of less than 100 people must have no more than one person per 4sqm.
•    Where possible, keep 1.5 metres between yourself and others
The PM said:
“Leaders acknowledged that these new restrictions will change the way we live and expressed deep regret for those business owners and employees who will be impacted. The goal is to reduce the spread of the virus, to flatten the curve and to save the lives of fellow Australians.”

Further to these measures, the Premier announced the closure of “pubs, clubs, nightclubs, Crown Casino, and licensed venues in hotels and pubs. It also includes gyms, indoor sporting venues, places of worship, cinemas and entertainment venues. Restaurants and cafes will only be allowed to provide home delivery or takeaway services.”
These are Stage 1 restrictions, so we can anticipate more stringent measures if these are not abided by or are unsuccessful.

To ensure compliance, the Premier also announced the formation of a 500-person strong unit within Victoria Police “to ensure containment measures are followed -  and will take action against anyone caught doing the wrong thing”.
This shows a Government intent to enforce compliance.

We don’t know how long this emergency will last but current Government thinking is based on 6 months.

What is the Club doing?
Some will not agree that our meetings are non-essential, however prudence dictates we must adopt a conservative approach and protect ourselves from the virus.
To do this, the Board has agreed to cancel the following:
•    Fourth Wednesday “Open Clubrooms”, until further notice;
•    The Wednesday Warriors, until further notice;
•    The competition calendar, this will be reassessed at the end of May
•    Don Woods’ rebuilding a B engine in his garage is cancelled, and will hopefully be presented in video format online.
•    With pubs and cafes closed, it is anticipated all lunch runs will be postponed or cancelled.

The VHRR has cancelled the Rob Roy event scheduled for 3 May.

Club Plate Registration renewals – can be processed if mailed to the Club PO Box 273 Nunawading, 3131 including a stamped self-addressed envelope.

What can you do?
The MG Car Club (UK Head Office) stated this in their recent communication to members.
“We believe strongly that the MG Car Club family is much more than just shows and events. We have a worldwide community that is second to none. For many amongst our membership, the friendships we share through the MG Car Club will prove crucial to seeing us through the coming weeks and months. So, use the MGCC to keep in touch and to reach out to those in the MG family who might need our help.

Isolation measures may offer many of us the ideal opportunity to get out into the garage or workshop, learn new skills, start new projects or get some of those essential maintenance items done at last. The MG Car Club network will be here to help – so share with us the stories of what you are doing!” 

As suggested above, keep in touch with your M.G.CCV friends and look after each other through these uncertain times. Knowing that others care about us helps a great deal especially for those who are on their own; so pick up the mobile and make a call or send an email or text. It costs nothing and makes a big difference.

Watch the Club Calendar on the website for updates about events and meetings.
Take care, Allan.