As we are sure you are all aware, today virtually all Covid-19 restrictions were lifted across England. However, with cases rising rapidly once again, careful consideration must be given to the operating procedures at the club going forward for the next few weeks/months running into the Autumn. As a committee we discussed this at our most recent meeting last Monday. Our decisions on what procedures/limitations would remain, and what could be lifted, depended on risk of transmission vs general safety and convenience; with the knowledge that the highest risk of transmission is still through aerosol spread in confined spaces. Please see the very simple, short and easy to remember list below:
1. The changing rooms will remain generally unavailable for changing & showering purposes, although the toilets will of course continue to be open for use. Please continue with the thorough 20 second hand washing regime after using them. We view the changing rooms as the most likely place for the virus to spread. It is a minor inconvenience to continue to change from the back of a car with a towel robe, or to arrive dressed to paddle. This situation will be reassessed in the Autumn as the weather begins to deteriorate.
2. Please continue with the sensible measures inside other enclosed spaces: Not entering the equipment sheds when there are other people inside; Consider wearing a mask before entering the club hut or better still wait until other people have vacated it. Be considerate of other people’s personal space.
3. Please continue to use your track & trace QR codes with the app on your phone should you have it installed.
As of today, it is no longer necessary to clean equipment with soapy water. Virus transmission is less effective through surface contact than it is through the air in confined spaces. Please put the equipment away securely and tidily though!!!
A reminder that you can currently join the club or renew membership for a 25% discount, please refer to the membership page for more details.
Please remember that the conditions can still be tricky, be aware of the water levels & the weather forecast before paddling. Dress appropriately for the conditions. If in doubt, don’t go out!
For your safety, you should have a waterproofed phone with you while out on the water. It is also recommended that you bring a small first aid kit in case of minor accidents.
If any of the arrangements do not work well, please let the Committee know and we will try to make suitable adjustment.