Covid Restrictions
On Monday 19th July we moved to Step 4 of the Covid-19 roadmap. What does this mean to us as a club? The committee has agreed that essentially, whilst we can now remove pretty much all restrictions, we should still remain vigilant as a club and ensure the safety of club members and visitors. 

The galley and bar can now be opened so food and drink will be available (not that we currently have much food at the club, but the fridges will be turned on if members want to place their lunches etc. in there and we have somewhere for the milk to be kept cool. We will also look to slowly re-introduce the pie and peas on a Thursday night, although won’t be immediately as we’ll need to arrange additional OD cover to ensure we have enough and also start to buy supplies in (surprise surprise most of what we had was disposed of when out went out of date). 

We will continue to encourage social distancing and restrictive use of the changing rooms and of course the hand sanitisers etc will all remain in place.

From Monday 19 July 2021, we are no longer legally required to ask members and visitors to “check in” (attendees can scan the NHS QR code poster via the NHS COVID-19 app or provide their contact details). Although it isn’t a requirement, we will leave the QR code up and encourage you to sign in so if for example a member is diagnosed with Covid you can be notified to take the necessary steps to protect your loved ones.  

By asking individuals to check in and promptly sharing the records of those who provide their contact details with NHS Test and Trace, it will help us to identify people who may have the virus. NHS Test and Trace will only ask for your records if there is an outbreak at our venue, and then alert attendees who checked in on the same day. Given the recent media hype about ‘Test and Trace ‘Pings’ it is worth clarifying a few points about Venue alerts, such as ours:

– will be triggered if there are two or more cases at a venue (unless it is a large venue, such as a football stadium, which will lead to a case-by-case assessment).
– will ask individuals to book a test as soon as possible. A venue alert will not ask individuals to self-isolate.
– will never name the venue linked to the outbreak.
– does not mean our venue needs to close. Public health guidance will be given to us if we are contacted by NHS Test and Trace so that we can continue to operate safely.
– are not the same alert that individuals receive on the NHS COVID-19 app if they have come into close contact with a confirmed case. Close contact alerts will advise the individual to self-isolate, venue alerts will not.
– will be sent as an app notification to those that scanned the NHS QR code with the NHS COVID-19 app, or by text message to people who provided their contact details to check in.

Stay safe everyone and enjoiy the sailing.