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Dear <<First Name>>, 

I have liaised with British Rowing regarding today's announcement that Surrey goes to Tier 3 from 00:01 on Saturday and so far as we can see from BR and Gov't information the situation is this:

For All:

  • Social rule of 6 applies
  • Keep disinfecting and washing hands - use the hand get provided at the club
  • Wear masks on the premises unless in a boat or on an ergo (yes, I know it's not mandatory outside but I'm asking as Captain that we all look out for each other and wearing a mask seems a small thing to ask people to do)
  • Remain 2m apart at all times. If you cannot do this, a mask is mandatory
  • Arrive changed and with water
  • Consider shorter sessions
  • Please consider whether you need to come to the club and mix with others - let’s try to make it safer for Christmas.

For Adults:

  • “Sports facilities will be open for individual exercise and exercise in single households or support bubbles only. Indoor group activities and exercise classes should not take place” -Gov't guidance document
  • BR advise that there is no such thing as a 'training bubble'. However they recommend that crews stick together and do not mix with others
  • Training crews seem to be allowed outside/on water
  • Unless otherwise advised/instructed, based on my conversation with BR today, I can to allow the use of the club room for three ergos and the lounge for one ergo provided there is more-than adequate ventilation and the ergos face towards an open window (except the one facing the cork door)
  • If coming from outside Surrey (inc. London, Hampshire etc) you can only row individually and cannot mix in a crew. The understanding of 'an area' is a 'county' if outside London.

For Juniors:

  • There are exceptions for supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s (including those who were under 18 on 31 August 2020)
  • No practical change from what we are doing now
  • Limited indoor training and only with windows open, outdoor preferred.

In more positive news...

I am pleased to advise members that following representation by yours truly the lighting along the path has been repaired.  Apparently there has been a problem with the light fittings which is almost resolved; those of you who look up might notice that one is missing, presumed under repair/replacement.

At the same time I, and Andrew Fleming who lives in Dowgate House on the Whittets Ait development, have registered the poor state of the path with Surrey Highways and within a day they responded to say they had inspected it and would 'revert'.  I'm not holding my breath on getting much done, but in the meantime I would just ask all members to be careful when using the path. One of my WJ15s slipped nastily on the slope at the top of the path, by the road, so pay particular attention here.

I'd particularly like to thank Andrew for his courteous and effective involvement in the matter, and send our appreciation to the Whittets Ait management committee for picking up the ball and dealing with it so promptly.

I will take this opportunity to wish all members and their families a happy and peaceful Christmas and a simpler and more social new year 2021.

Clive Capel


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