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 12:- 21st March 2021
Step 1 of the exit from National Lockdown
Social distancing remains important.
Social distancing remains important, and each club or centre will need to assess what is possible with the vessels and equipment they have available.
The fact that activity is outdoors reduces the risk of transmission but you may be closer than 2m so you should still aim to limit contact time participants have with any one person and the overall number of contacts people have. If possible, sailing could be with members of the same household or support bubble and if not then be strict about personal hygiene measures, avoid shouting and face to face contact, and wear face coverings.
To reduce the risk of catching or spreading coronavirus, you should minimise time spent with people you do not live with, and when around other people ensure that you are two metres apart from anyone not in your household or support bubble. Social distancing is essential to stop the spread of the virus, as it is more likely to spread when people are close together. An infected person can pass on the virus through talking, breathing, coughing or sneezing even if they do not have any symptoms.
When with people you do not live with, you should also avoid: physical contact; being close and face-to-face; and shouting or singing close to them. You should also avoid crowded areas with lots of people; and touching things that other people have touched.
Where you cannot stay 2 metres apart you should stay more than 1 metre apart, and take additional steps to stay safe. For example:
- wear a face covering: on public transport and in many indoor spaces, you must wear a face covering by law, unless you are exempt
- go outdoors, where it is safer and there is more space
- if indoors, make sure rooms have a flow of fresh air by keeping windows and doors open
You do not need to be socially distanced from anyone in your household, meaning the people you live with. You also do not need to be socially distanced from anyone in your support bubble, if you are in one, but maintaining social distance will help reduce transmission.
The RYA interpretation of what is permitted
Step 1: 8th March
The ‘Stay at Home’ restriction will continue but it will be amended so that people can leave home for recreation as well as exercise outdoors – with their own household, support or childcare bubble, or with one person from another household.
Under-18 sport can take place at school as part of educational provision, or as part of wraparound care, but should not otherwise take place at this time. This means that clubs which provide sailing as part of school activity/wraparound care may open for this limited purpose only.
Does working on my boat count as recreation and is it therefore a reason to leave home?
We do not currently believe that general boat maintenance falls within the intended definition of recreation, but where maintenance is essential to prevent risk of harm or injury it may qualify as a reasonable excuse for leaving home.
Clubs may need to ensure their facilities are ready for reopening on 29 March in advance of this date and we would advise you to limit the number of visits and people required to get your facilities ready.
Members can anticipate that organised racing will take place on Sundays from 4th April.
When Sailing is taking place.
OOD and Box Duty
While the Covid Regulations are in force, particular care must be taken to maintain the required social distancing in and around the Starters Box. The upper door and windows at the downstream end must be open at all times the Box is in use.
Before going out on the water, consider your capabilities in the prevailing weather conditions and ensure that your boat is sound and the rigging is in good condition, bearing in mind that there is no assisted recovery available. If in any doubt, do not go afloat.
Masthead floats (2 litre, or 4 litre for N18s) and personal buoyancy aids are mandatory whilst these conditions are in force. The wearing of wetsuits is recommended.
The Club patrol boats will be used when organised racing is in progress but social distancing rules make giving assistance from a patrol boat, other than restoring boats to upright and towing, impractical.
Club boats are now available for Members to use by arrangement. The users must wipe the side decks down with sanitiser both before and after use. Sailing gloves must be worn.
Be careful to keep to the social distancing rules whilst rigging, launching and recovering craft and whilst on the water.
Single-handed sailing by helms under 16 is not allowed when there is no patrol boat cover. They may sail in crewed boats with adult members of their own household.
From 17th April the changing rooms will be available for up to four persons at a time. Limited toilet facilities will be available in the changing rooms from 4th April.
For those who wish to access the Boatshed for boats or masts, there is no accessible key to the Boatshed double doors in the Clubhouse. Do not go into the Clubhouse to look for it or for any other reason. The Boatshed small door can be opened using the old Clubhouse key and the key to the double doors is housed with the race equipment. If you wish to open the double doors and don’t know how to access that key, call any Flag Officer or the Harbourmaster. If you do open the double doors, make sure they are bolted and locked before you leave and that the key is returned to where it came from.