Covid-19 Statement From The BSC General Committee - Thursday 14 May 2020
Published 09:12 on 14 May 2020
Following the government's announcement that they are starting to gradually ease the restrictions to limit the spread of Covid-19, the General Committee would like to share with you our plans. We understand that some of you are keen to start sailing, however the club will be following Government advice, Port Authority statements and the RYA guidance to affiliated clubs.
Due to the severity of the situation and in order to keep people safe, we are being encouraged to take our time and use all the available information to carefully plan and develop our own policy, which will best suit our club and keep our members safe.
The General Committee has created a COVID-19 Sub-Committee to discuss the safe return to boating as the situation develops and changes. We urge the members to be patient during the next couple of weeks. Our priority is to keep you, the members, safe so it is unlikely that we will be able to make vast or rapid changes, and it's in all our interests that certain parts of the club are only reopened when we are ready to facilitate safe activity with appropriate social distancing measures, hygiene procedures and risk management practices.
We are now taking the first step to move from the current lockdown position (Phase 0) to Phase 2 on Thursday 14 May, which will allow members to access the dinghy park, rig, launch and sail independently. The Club House, which includes the toilet and changing facilities, will remain closed and the code has been changed to prevent unauthorised access during the current early phases.
Please follow the latest government guidance on social distancing and public health advice if visiting the grounds.
We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops, with new advice and guidelines being developed to steer the club through each phase of our return to a "new normal" as safely as possible. However, at all the stages of reopening, the club and the members must follow the government's advice and standards as and when they change.
With independent sailing allowed to happen from Thursday 14 May the General Committee would like members to review the "Safety Advice For Independent Sailing" as the club is not currently able to provide safety cover for independent sailing and so all sailing will be at your own risk.
We would like members to stay alert to the requirements for social distancing when in the car and dinghy park, rigging boats and moving to the slipway. The sea wall is a public walkway so please be courteous to members of the public when crossing and heading down to the slip way. We want members to look ahead on launching and recovery, especially at low tide, to check whether others are currently on their way up or down the ramp, so that safe distancing is maintained, please be considerate and conservative.
On a final point the club is taking very small steps guided by Government Advice and the Regulatory Authorities so please check for club updates on a frequent basis. If we become aware that social distancing is not being adhered to, we shall have to stop activity to the detriment of all. The club and the RYA do not want to draw unwanted attention to our sport by making the incorrect steps so please be patient with all involved. Independent sailing is at your own risk so please stay alert operating a considerate and conservative approach to all.
Brightlingsea Sailing Club General Committee
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Last updated 10:57 on 14 May 2020