Socially distanced singles and family bubble doubles brave a chilly and misty end to the year, and prove the club’s determination to carry on into 2021 whatever nature throws at us!
From Boxing Day onwards we are in TIER 4.
This doesn’t change what the club is allowed to do in terms of water activity.
Singles and household doubles are still allowed.
However, given how easily transmitted the new variant of Covid-19 is, please redouble your efforts to maintain social distancing, use anti-bacterial hand gel, spray the boat parts you have touched with the disinfectant spray we have provided, etc. Please remember also to check in with your NHS app. Some of the QR code posters are a bit weather-damaged, but there is a much cleaner one in the window of the portacabin.
For full details see the “COVID” section of our website.
With ever changing rules to keep pace with latest data on infection rates and especially the emergence of a new strain of the coronavirus, we need to be aware of the government’s and British Rowing’s advice on use of the Rowing Club facilities.
On Wednesday 16th British Rowing issued the following advice about Christmas bubbles, which I assume still stands, except that (following further government advice issued on Saturday 19th) the period when the Christmas bubbles can meet is now Christmas Day only. But you knew that, I’m sure.
During the period between 23 December to 27 December Christmas Day, specific changes to the COVID-19 restrictions will be in place to allow households to combine to form a Christmas bubble. We would advise clubs and members to be considerate to their fellow club members during this period and after you have ended your Christmas bubble.
Before forming your Christmas bubble: UK Government guidance suggests that you should reduce unnecessary contact with people outside your household for the two weeks before you form your Christmas bubble. During this period, based on your personal circumstances, you may wish to consider restricting your rowing activity accordingly (e.g. not rowing in crews with other households).
During your Christmas bubble: if you attend the rowing club, we would recommend you still treat your Christmas bubble as if it is separate households.
After your Christmas bubble: Government guidance suggests that you should reduce contact with people outside your bubble for the two weeks after you last meet with your Christmas bubble. During this period, you should consider restricting your rowing activity to your own household only (i.e. not rowing in crews with other households).
For more information on Christmas bubbles please see: GOV.uk: Making a Christmas bubble
It was this advice which led us to conclude that we should not hold events during the whole Christmas period (including at New Year) which involved any boats other than singles and household doubles/pairs.
So, the club’s advice to you is to book outings in singles, household doubles and household pairs only until further advice. It is likely that we shall resume rowing in bubbles in quads and fours around 8th January. We shall keep you posted.
You might have noticed that the north end of the landing stage has been a bit “rocky” recently. Stripping the decking off to see what the problem was revealed what Richard described as “something like the foredeck of the Mary Rose!”
A few new piles and beams later, and a doughty working party has put it back together as good as new.