Updated –14 May 2021
On 22 February, the Prime Minister announced the “COVID-19 RESPONSE – SPRING 2021” that provides a roadmap to return England back to “normal” following Lockdown 3. The roadmap comprises 4 steps for the phased opening up of “services”. The actual dates will depend on the four conditions that must be met at each phase of lockdown easing:
Recovery Step 3 applies from 0001hrs on Monday 17th May 2021
Step 1 allowed us to restart afloat activities like sail racing and Step 2 allowed us to start bar and food outside. Step 3 allows us to start the move inside and to group up more outside. The main changes are:
- The rule of 6 / 2 households inside. Bar and catering starting in the Main Hall. Yes, its a bit like it was over 6 months ago – open doors / windows for ventilation, only being served whilst seated, not shouting and not talking to the next table, registering attendance on entry via the front door, face covings before entry and whenever moving about, one way systems and patient queuing. The “2M or if not 1M Plus” rule still applies. We are looking at “self -policing” by members (see below). The Bar Chairman will regularly update members with precise opening times but initially we do not think we will open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
- Groups of up to 30 persons outside, including spectators. The “2M or 1M Plus” rule between groupings still apply outside. The outside patio / garden tables will be maintained at 2M at Shore House – these can be accessed directly from the front gate if you register using the QR codes on each table. Please return the tables and chairs to their “start positions” if you move them to “group up”.
- Increased occupancy of the Lobster changing room and classrooms, its now up to 6 persons in each location when the building is “controlled opened” by the Club activity co-ordinator, this includes spectators. Again, open doors and windows for maximum ventilation and to reduce touch, try to keep “one way”, register on entry. It is not easy keeping COVID-SECURE in Lobster Building and we will try using a tally board to enable easier “self-policing” of numbers. Remember that Government advice is still to change at home as changing rooms are deemed to be higher risk areas. Showers remain emergency (medical) use only.
- You can now raft up to 3-deep at Shore House jetty, this first time since 23 March 2020!
If you are coming down to WSC then:
- Do not visit the Club if you are experiencing COVID symptoms or are self-isolating.
- Our very strong advice remains that if you are going sailing, then you should change before coming down to WSC
- Adhere to the overarching guidance to limit the spread of infection, this applies irrespective of having acquired some form of immunity via prior infection or vaccination:
|i.e. sanitise after touching||i.e. wear face covering||i.e. 2metres or 1metre with extra precautions||i.e. Ensure maximum ventilation if inside|
- Remain aware of the public perception of those using the WSC pounds, patio and gardens. The rule of 30 applies when forming groups outside when ashore.
Please pull together and lend a hand as we make another step towards normality, remember that we are not a “turnkey” club. In particular, everyone entering Shore House or Lobster Building please help by “self-policing” and supporting the persons exercising the control function, without which we cannot open. Also, if you notice a cleansing point has run out of hand gel or sanitising spray, please arrange for restocking, spares will be provided at reception / classroom.
Although we can now hug our close friends and relatives, Government guidance is clear, you cannot do this inside a club, pub, restaurant or sports facility etc. So social distancing rules still apply at WSC, although we hope for some more relaxations before long.
Please make yourself aware of the Club’s COVID 2021 recovery plan v3 that has been updated for Step 3 and gives an overview of the follow-on step 4. and the related COVID-SECURE Risk Assessment. Both documents are legally required before the Club can operate. The latest plan provides all the supporting guidance from the Government and RYA in its Annexes, so it is a “one stop shop”. The plan will be updated as Government guidance changes and Members should be alert for updates. A precis of Step 3 permitted activities follows:
|Anticipated Date||17 May 21|
|Shore House Building||Open at times published for bar and catering in Main Hall and downstairs toilets. Members must remain seated and assist waiting staff by “self -policing” attendance.|
|Shore House Patio / Garden||Open for bar, catering and recreation whilst seated, maximum grouping of 30 persons. Tables will be set out to permit 2m separated groups of up to 6 persons|
|Lobster Building||Open for controlled entry during Club organised activities, with up to 6 people in each of classroom (including spectators), ladies changing rooms & men’s changing rooms (COVID-Secure – rule of 6). Organised club training 12 persons seated. Showers only in case of emergency. No pilates, yoga etc due limited space.|
|General Individual Recreational Sailing||Recreational Sailing is permitted provided that the guidance on social distancing is observed (i.e. groups of 30 outside).|
|Club Organised Racing||Yes, COVID secure, following RYA guidelines for mixed households crewing. Gatherings of up to 30 persons ashore, including spectators.|
|Club Organised Youth Sailing||Yes, following social distancing rules, (i.e. gatherings of up to 30 outside, including spectators) and RYA guidance for mixed household crewing.|
|Club Organized Adult Training||Yes, subject to maximum class of 30 ashore maintaining strict social distancing and cleansing, afloat unlimited numbers following RYA guidance.|
|Club Organised General Training||Yes, subject to maximum class of 30 outside ashore maintaining strict social distancing and cleansing, afloat unlimited numbers following RYA guidance.|
|Club RHIBs – Safety||Yes, following RYA rules for mixed household crewing and “wash down”.|
|Launch Access||Yes, daily cleaning and self-cleansing.|
|Other Club Boats||Yes, daily cleaning and self-cleansing.|
|Shore House Jetty||Yes – operation iaw byelaw 2.9 to 2.15, social distancing & rafting permitted 3 deep.|
|Lobster Jetty||Yes – operation iaw byelaws and Club Temporary Regulations, key is to maintain social distancing between groupings of up to 30 persons.|
|Shore House Slipway||Yes, subject to maintaining social distancing between groupings up to 30 persons.|
|Pounds||Yes, subject to strict social distancing, within gathering limits of up to 30 persons.|
|Washdown||Yes, subject to maintaining social distancing & cleansing, gathering limit of 30.|
|Outboard Shed||Yes, subject to maintaining social distancing and cleansing. Max of 6 persons.|
|Cruiser Racing||Yes, subject to rules on mixed household crews.|
|Cruiser Rallies||Yes, including overnight voyages.|
|Sea Scout Access||Yes, COVID SECURE.|
|Open Meetings||Yes, risk assessed.|
|Bar||Yes, but only table served drinks inside in Main Hall and outside on patio.|
|Catering (see Annex C Part 2 for Guidance)||Only with table service inside and outside, max table size of 6 / 2 households. Maximum numbers inside as specified in Risk Assessment.|
|Members’ functions||Yes, limited numbers and subject to constraints of COVID SECURE seating.|
|Vulnerable Members||Take extra precautions to protect from infection.|
|Club Accounts||Yes, increasingly working from Club.|
|Members’ bookings||Possibly yes, limited numbers. Up to 30 persons for “significant events”.|
|Building cleaning / disinfecting||Bosuns virucide on Mondays else Club cleaner daily, especially covering toilets.|
|Security Duties||Conduct normal external and internal security checks, prior to locking up.|