Tamesis Club


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:- 10th January 2021

A digest of guidance affecting the use of the Club from the published Government Guidance.


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, for example:

  • tennis courts
  • golf courses
  • swimming pools

Where and when you can meet in larger groups

Where a group includes someone covered by an exception (for example, someone who is working or volunteering), they are not generally counted as part of the gatherings limit. This means, for example, a tradesperson can go into a household without breaching the limit, if they are there for work, and the officiant at a wedding would not count towards the limit.

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.

Going to work

You may only leave your home for work if you cannot reasonably work from home.

Where people cannot work from home they should continue to travel to their workplace. This includes, but is not limited to, people who work in:

  • critical national infrastructure
  • construction
  • manufacturing
  • childcare or education
  • essential public services

This is essential to keeping the country operating and supporting sectors and employers.

The risk of transmission can be substantially reduced if COVID-19 secure guidelines are followed closely. Extra consideration should be given to those people at higher risk.

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. Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue.

Elite sport may continue. There is further guidance on the phased return of elite sport.

Businesses and venues

Businesses and venues which must close

To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services. The full list of businesses required to close can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England, but includes:

  • leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, sports courts, fitness and dance studios, riding centres, climbing walls, and golf courses.


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

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