[Policy revised 23 December 2020]
Below is the Club's Covid-19 Policy which is based on RYA advice. Appendices A & B provide relevant extracts from the UK Regulations and Guidance and these sections will be updated as and when these change.
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.
On 4th January 2021 the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown in England replacing the restrictions which previously depended which of 4 Tier Zones applied to you. This new lockdown was introduced in response to a new variant of the virus that is more transmissible and represents a considerable tightening of the regulations and guidance.
Everyone is required to remain at home and not to meet anyone outside their own household unless this is permitted under the new regulations. Organised sport is not permitted, clubs must close and you are only permitted to take exercise outside once per day. Travel out of your local area is only permitted for certain purposes and staying overnight in second homes is prohibited.
The main impact of the Regulations and Guidance on WWSC activities
As it is now mid-winter there aren't any planned Club activities taking place and virtually all members have collected remaining items from Club premises. So below are our key messages:
- The Club premises are closed. Even if we wanted to, the Club is not permitted to be open or to organise any activities under the current restrictions.
- Our first programmed activity is in March the traditional Working Party to prepare the Hard and Car Park areas for the new season. This will only go ahead if the restrictions permit and we will issue further advice on this nearer the time.
- The regulations require us all to stay at home and only leave home with "reasonable excuse". This includes taking exercise locally once per day.
- The RYA guidance is that private sailing (or other water-based activities) are permitted if it this is the way you choose to take your exercise. However, it must take place in a public outdoor space that should be close to your home (i.e. you must stay local) and it must not involve accessing a Club's private premises. You may only exercise with someone from your own household or one other person. You should also abide by the rules on social distancing and not do anything which risks placing a burden on emergency services.
- The Harbour Conservancy have posted a statement that "Recreational boating is contrary to Government guidance and has the potential to place extra strain on emergency services" which clearly discourages any form of boating in the Harbour.
The Club asks all our members to adhere scrupulously to the new rules and, if in any doubt, to err on the side of caution. It is clear that the challenge to the National Health Service is currently greater than it has been at any time during the pandemic and, irrespective of the fine print, we must all do our utmost 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 7.0 and read it at your leisure. The Contents page has hyperlinks to make it easier to find specific guidance.
Last updated 19:27 on 7 January 2021