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"The Rule of 6"

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Published 12:56 on 15 Sep 2020

WWSC's Covid-19 Team has reviewed the impact of the revised Regulations and Guidance on the activities of the Club and has updated our policy and guidance web page.

The most important change is that it is now an offence for more than 6 people to "gather" indoors or outdoors unless they are all from the same household. Previously this was a limit set down in the Guidance whereas the legal limit in the Regulations was set higher at 30.

The Regulations define "gathering" as people socialising or carrying out any activity together on land (or onboard a single vessel) and the restriction of 6 applies whether or not you are socially distancing within a gathering by being "1m-plus" apart. The RYA has however confirmed you are not gathering when you are out on the water and sailing together in different boats.

WWSC has consistently based its approach and its advice to members on the lower limit of 6 in the Guidance so we don't need to change the measures we already have in place. However, we do operate in a very public place and are seen by some as being responsible for all the boating activities in the Creek. So we issue this appeal to all our members:

  • Please will you conspicuously avoid "gathering" anywhere on land in a group that is larger than 6.
  • This applies everywhere but in particular on the Hard and Snowhill Green, at East Head, or anywhere on the Club premises.
  • Forming a group that is larger than 6 will be to risk criticism and the possibility of you or the Club being reported to the Police.

We know this isn't easy. So in what remains of this season let's all help each other comply and build on the successful measures we have operated over the summer. Thanks.

Ivan Western, Commodore

You can read all the Club's messages to members during the pandemic here.

Last updated 11:12 on 17 August 2021

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