[Page last revised 17 June 2021]
Government's Spring 2021 Road Map was published on February 22 and we have revised our Policy and Risk Assessments to reflect the changes each Step along the way. Appendices A & B in the Policy provide relevant extracts from the current UK Regulations and Guidance.
WWSC Policy is to comply with all prevailing Regulations and to apply the RYA's Guiding Principles which are:
- We will always follow Government advice
- We will, as a boating community, take a considerate and conservative approach:
- Considerate: be mindful of the potential impact that you could have on other water users and do not place unnecessary extra strain on the RNLI or emergency services.
- Conservative: help to minimise risk by taking an extra conservative approach to your boating.
When we plan any Club organised events we will adhere to this Policy.
The main impact of the Regulations and Guidance on WWSC activities
The 2 elements of the restrictions that mainly affect WWSC are the limits on "gatherings" and the requirement for "social distancing". The Table below summarises the gatherings limits. It is more difficult to sum up the position on social distancing so this aspect is covered below.
Social distancing has never been part of the legal regulations but, despite this, the original "2-metre" and now "1-metre plus" rules have had a major impact on us all throughout the pandemic. In particular it affects how we organise our shared powerboat duties.
The so-called "1-metre plus rule" asks people who are not part of the same household to maintain a distance of 2 metres between them, or if this is not possible at least 1 metre with additional mitigation (like a face covering) and this remains part of Step 3 Government guidance. This "rule" applies to anyone you meet, whether outdoors or indoors. And it applies equally between people meeting indoors under the "Rule of 6" and outdoors under the "Rule of 30".
From May 17 (Step 3) Government is allowing us the flexibility to relax the rule when meeting "friends and family" but with the message "you should still be cautious" (see Appendix B for the detail). It is difficult for WWSC to turn this into hard and fast advice for our members. The position we are therefore taking is that:
- Members who choose to take a more relaxed approach to social distancing while at the Club with their friends or with family from a different household should be clear they do so at their own risk (e.g. if sharing a boat together); and
- Where members choose to do this, they should check with the others involved that they are equally happy to do this; and
- Members should always respect the wishes of those who prefer to retain the "1-m plus rule" when sailing or doing duties together.
The Club asks all our members to adhere scrupulously to the rules and, if in any doubt, to err on the side of caution. If we are to be able to follow the Road Map out of the current restrictions we must all do our bit to help bring the spread of the virus under control.
You can read the full version of the Policy with its Appendices explaining the Government Guidance on this web page below or download it here WWSC Covid Policy - Issue 9.0 and read it at your leisure. The Contents page has hyperlinks to make it easier to find specific guidance.
Last updated 16:12 on 15 July 2021