Thank you for all the messages of support for the steps we have had to take to stay within the Law and the Covid-19 Guidelines.
With the recent glorious sailing conditions and the number of dinghy sailors out yesterday evening, I must ask us all to exercise correct social distancing of 2 metres. If we are not able to do this on a voluntary basis, we will be forced to introduce measurers to minimise the risk to health and the Club’s reputation in the Community.
The Prime Minister’s statement made on Tuesday 23rd June, announced some new freedoms. However, the “devil is in the detail” and your Covid-19 Group is now studying the full supporting detailed documentation, ahead of further bulletins.
In the meantime:
Entry to the Club
With immediate effect, we ask that every member uses their swipe card on entry to the club, even if the gate is open for a car ahead. During the pandemic period, you must be able to tell us who was with you in your car. If bringing visitors to the Club, they must be registered by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org before arriving (the visitor “signing – in” book in the lobby is not currently in use).
This is so that the Club can fulfill its duty to the Test Track and Trace system when it becomes fully operational.
Until July 4th, social distancing is still 2m. We will advise of further changes in our next bulletin
House, Bar and Catering
It has been exciting to welcome back Tom and Jack from their enforced absence to now start the process of opening up the clubhouse. Many members are availing themselves of the takeaway menu between 10:00 and 15:30, Wednesday through to Sunday.
Please follow the one-way system to order and pick up and dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.
With the reopening of large parts of the hospitality industry from Saturday 4th July, we expect to be able to offer tables (appropriately spaced) on the balcony and patio. The aim is to re-open the toilets in the Club House shortly (regretfully, not the showers) and the portaloos will then be removed from the Club.
Yard and Haven
The Yard and Haven are now been operating normally which has meant many members are taking advantage of the fine weather. The launch service is now available until 19:00 at weekends (last Service at 18:30); weekdays it continues to operate from 09:00 to 16:00.
We closely monitor both the government guidance on relaxation and the RYA advices. For now we feel it is too early to launch into club-organised activity, but we are preparing and as soon as we feel confident and comfortable we have volunteers poised and ready to get into action at very short notice.
As already announced, the club singlehanded dinghies (lasers and fusions) are now available for hire as are two of our Rigiflex boats. Please go on-line via the website to book and follow the guidance on social distancing and cleaning.
Some members are getting in contact with each other to arrange to rendezvous on the water.
If you do this, please respect social distancing guidelines and ensure you do nothing to draw unwanted attention to our Club. We are asking you to do this for the good of the Club and as a responsible member of our community.
The Rules for social distancing to be followed within the Club and on the water
These can be found on the Club’s website and on the Government site.
Please act carefully as we all try to maintain 2 metre social distancing to contain the risk of the virus spreading.
- Meet outside if you can
- Do not sit face to face
- Wear face coverings, particularly inside
- Whenever possible maintain 2m social distance
We will continue to communicate to you to provide detail when it is possible to take further steps.
Your Covid 19 Group and General Committee meet again next week and as we digest and review the Government Guidelines, (including aspects such as: “social distancing rules,” “extended family groups” and “sleeping on board overnight”), we will issue a further Bulletin next week.
I am so pleased that the Club is beginning, to return to some form of “normality”….we still have many stages to go through, yet.
Your comments are always welcome.