Dear Members, It is with great sadness that in light of British Rowing's latest statement and guidelines from the UK Government, I have made the following decisions:
The club will be closed for all rowing activities (including the use of private singles) with immediate effect. You will no longer be permitted to boat from MBC.
Members who wish to take their singles from the club have the next 48 hours to do so freely. After which the club will be locked down and permission will have to be sought in order to access the boat bays/outside racks.
These decisions follow the Prime Minister's latest announcements to push down further the risk of people coming into contact with Coronavirus. The push to closing many forms of business that promote social activity, I believe, relate closely to that of MBC activity. Whilst rowing is very important to all of us, no one can truly say that it fits neatly outside Government guidance on social distancing and unnecessary travel, therefore we must all take responsibility to avoid unnecessary social contact. I could not, as captain, condone any activity that puts either a member or the general public's health at risk. British Rowing have now come behind this view. I will be asking the representatives from each group in our Rowing Sub Committee to prepare some ‘social-distance friendly’ training suggestions to our respective rowing groups whilst we are all away from MBC. Although we may be restricted in our ability to row and train at the club, there are a lot of exercise routines that you can do in your own living room. It would be great to see some photos and videos of such activity to promote on our club's social media. I understand this is a frustrating time and we can easily think of ourselves as healthy individuals, but I urge you to think of your wider community at this time. Coronavirus is not a risk to most of us who are fit and healthy, it's those who have pre-existing health conditions and of an older age. While you may not be seriously ill yourself, you may pass Coronavirus to another person, who passes it to another, who passes it to friends or family members. Please do your part, heed the Government advice about self-isolating, and please take social distancing seriously. We will be back together as a Club when it is safe to do so. Until then, I wish you all well in this great period of uncertainty and unfamiliarity. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in touch and I will do my best to get back to you. Kind Regards and stay healthy, Joel Cassells Captain