Ending of Covid-19 Lockdown Rules
Practices to be observed by Members using Tamesis Club following the lifting of restrictions.
At Midnight on Sunday, 18th July, the restrictive Covid legislation came to an end. I know that many of us are eager to ‘just get on with life’ but there is also a considerable proportion of our Membership who are inclined to the view that lifting the restrictions completely, immediately, with the currently rising infection rates and the appearance of new strains of the virus, is unwise. The fact that the Secretary of State for Health, who is double vaccinated, has picked up the infection highlights the potential of the virus. We will, therefore, within the Club, adopt a staged approach to the relaxation of measures whilst keeping an eye on the way things develop, nationally, as a result of the removal of regulated behaviour.
With regard to the conditions which were put in place for sailing during the lockdowns, we can now dispense with the requirement for masthead buoyancy and the insistence on the wearing of personal buoyancy aids during the summer season. However, whilst sailing casually without Patrol Boat availability, masthead buoyancy and the wearing of buoyancy aids are still recommended.
We will, in the immediate future, continue to use our pandemic race start times to reduce clustering on the shore. This has been found to have some advantages for the Race Officer in reducing the number of boats racing at any one time. The originally scheduled 10:30 Handicap race will be held in abeyance for the time being but any non-class-race boats wishing to race can take the N18 start at 11:00.
In respect of opening up the Clubhouse, we ask that Members adopt cautious behaviour which will allow those who are uncomfortable with the relaxation of measures to enjoy the facilities as much as possible. To this end we will open enough doors and windows in the Clubhouse to ensure good ventilation. Members wishing to remain in the Clubhouse are asked to seat themselves at a table in groups no larger than six people or as a larger family group.
When food is being provided it will be brought to your table if you are seated inside and will be served at the window beside the Veranda entrance, as it has been until now, for those who are eating outside. Food must be ordered and paid for at the Bar.
Phil’s Bar will be reopened but there should be no more buyers at the Bar than there are servers behind it. You may go to the Bar, through the Veranda door, as a small group (no more than three) to order drinks. For the immediate future we are planning for there to be a limited number of marked positions to ensure social distancing, for Members waiting, inside the Clubhouse, to go to the Bar – additional prospective customers must wait on the Veranda in the queue. Once you have been served at the Bar you may either sit at a table in the Clubhouse or exit through the Veranda door.
I will be posting changes in the manner in which we can use the Club from time to time with a view to getting the best balance between what we would like and what we consider responsible. I would, therefore, ask you to be patient and allow us to open the Club in stages to achieve the best compromise for all.
For comparison, Molesey Boat Club is retaining its current restrictions until 16th August.