COVID-19 Update 17/3

Updated: Mar 20, 2020

Dear Members,

We met yesterday for an emergency meeting because of the fluid and developing COVID-19 situation.

Our aim when we met was twofold. Firstly, to find a way to keep rowing activities going where possible. Second was to refocus our club. It is clear that we are not going to be competing in the short/medium term. We are therefore focussed on the healthy enjoyment of the sport of rowing for all, as far as is possible in the circumstances.

We are working closely with British Rowing and other clubs and further updates will be issued over the next days and weeks.

This is the outcome of yesterday’s meeting. Please read this notice carefully and click on the associated link. Please note this is subject to change without notice:

Please click here for our current club protocol.

In addition:

Juniors and Schools – Due to a significantly increased risk of spreading the virus indoors and particularly in a gym environment, we concluded that the gym and changing rooms must be closed to all junior rowers. All juniors including schools are to arrive at the club ready to train outside, avoiding physical contact. The coaches are to ensure no more than 16 are training at the same time. These groups are to be kept separate from each other. Boats and equipment are to be cleaned thoroughly before and after an outing. If a parent chooses to keep their junior athlete at home, this will be fully supported and respected and they will be provided with a home programme to support their physical and mental health and wellbeing whilst social interaction is limited. If an athlete or family member is poorly, however mild, you must stay away from the club. We are keen to strike a balance between minimising risk and giving our members and coaches the opportunity to look after their mental and physical health by continuing with an innovative programme and will watch how things unfold closely. Things will be subject to change and we ask for your assistance as we navigate our way through. There will be no rowing camps until further notice.

HP Squad – It has been decided that the HP squad will continue to train at the club for this the short-term. As they have several sessions, they will use the changing rooms. We will do what we can to disinfect them every evening. The squad members are to use their own towels etc… put used kit into plastic bags into their kit bag and not leave kit out, as it will be removed and binned. The coaches will limit the numbers of squad athletes so that no more than 16 will be in the gym at one time. They will disinfect all equipment before and after use. There will be no camps planned. Any Athlete who would prefer to self-isolate for any reason will be fully supported and athletes will be provided with a home programme.

Supervets, Masters and Explore – We ask you to avoid using the gym and tank for the time-being in favour of water training or land training. Please avoid using the changing rooms. Whilst this is inconvenient, they are a breeding ground for germs and the fewer people who use them the better. We ask you to arrive ready to train and return home before you shower and change. Depending on your age and whether you have any underlying health conditions, it may be more sensible to avoid the club altogether in the short/medium term. We want for us all to return to a healthy, happy club and we can’t stress this enough - please make your own personal health risk assessment and act with great caution to minimise your risk. If you do come down to train outside or on the water, please disinfect equipment before and after use.

If you bring valuables to the club, please ensure you keep them with you in a drybag or secure them safely.

We aim to keep river activity going as long as we can. Please help us to help you by acting appropriately. DO NOT visit the club if you are even mildly unwell. Please don’t be offended if you are sent home if you arrive and are not fully fit. If someone you live with has any symptoms, even mild ones, you must stay away for 14 days and then we will review the situation with you.

This strategy is subject to change without notice and we will advise if and when we have to take further measures.

Thank you all for your support in these unprecedented times. Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of all our members. Please do contact or call Lucy, our Club Welfare Officer for confidential support 07903 055177.

The Captain and Committee

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