The Prime Minister announced on the evening of January 4th that nationwide restrictions in light of rising numbers of Covid-19 cases will come into effect immediately.
The club is therefore now closed in order to follow the Government’s National Lockdown rules. All access to the club building and boathouse will be closed and the key fob system will be deactivated.
British Rowing has issued Version 10 of its Managing Covid-19 guidance, which includes the following note about rowing for personal exercise.
Whilst personal exercise is permitted once a day, with club facilities shut rowing will only be possible if:
*you are able to safely access, launch and recover your boat without accessing your club (e.g. stored at home and launched from a public space);
* if you are able to do this without leaving your local area;
* in a single or single household/support bubble crew; and,
* if the relevant waterway authorities permit recreational boating.
Particularly, given the current cold weather conditions, we would recommend carefully considering your risk assessment before exercising in this way. As a rowing community, we do not want to put any additional pressure on emergency services having to rescue rowers or treat the effects of cold exposure.
Further guidance will be provded as and when it is received.