Tamesis Club

Covid-19 Lockdown rules

Covid-19 Lockdown rules


Practices to be observed by Members using Tamesis Club whilst the current conditions are in force.

 This Notice will be revised whenever Government imposed conditions are changed.

Version 10:- 12th January 2021

An edited digest from the published Government Guidance which affects our use of the Club.


You should minimise time spent outside your home, but you can leave your home to exercise. This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

You can exercise in a public outdoor place:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
  • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

This includes but is not limited to running, cycling, walking, and swimming. Personal training can continue one-on-one unless everyone is within the same household or support bubble.

Public outdoor places include:

  • parks, beaches, countryside accessible to the public, forests
  • public gardens (whether or not you pay to enter them)
  • the grounds of a heritage site
  • playgrounds

Outdoor sports venues must close

If you break the rules

The police can take action against you if you meet in larger groups. This includes breaking up illegal gatherings and issuing fines (fixed penalty notices).

You can be given a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200 for the first offence, doubling for further offences up to a maximum of £6,400. If you hold, or are involved in holding, an illegal gathering of over 30 people, the police can issue fines of £10,000.

Sports and physical activity

Indoor gyms and sports facilities will remain closed. Outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery/driving/shooting ranges and riding centres must also close.

Businesses and venues

Businesses and venues which must close

To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close.  The full list of those businesses can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England, but includes:

  • leisure and sports facilities.

Information regarding specific rules for sailing will be added when they are clear.

Until further notice Members should not go to the Club.  This will be revised as soon as possible.

View Official sites for fuller information

A less edited version of this information can be found on the Noticeboard.

Sailing at the Club – as and when it becomes permitted

Although the RYA believes that boating is legitimate as exercise, our grounds and slip not being public space would indicate that we are not allowed into the boat park.  Until things are clarified Members are asked not to go to the Club.

If, in due course, sailing becomes permissible, the following advice must be observed.

The stream can be strong during the winter months.  Those who choose to sail at the Club, during the period when there is no formal racing taking place and there is no Patrol Boat cover provided, should check river conditions before doing so.  They are also encouraged to arrange to sail with an accompanying boat, particularly if intending to sail single handed.  If the river is flowing fast and the wind is such that there is a chance of capsizing, Members should not sail if no accompanying boat can be arranged.  Merlins and N18s do not go well if they get full of water and with strong stream running and no patrol boat there is not really a Plan B if you do go over – and the weir awaits.  The best you could do is paddle to the shore to empty out but you would need get the boat upright to do that.

Members are also reminded of the requirement to have personal and masthead buoyancy and the wearing of wetsuits is highly recommended, particularly for the reduction of thermal shock.


Chris Pollard