Covid-19

​Updated January 2022

  • Sutton Sailing Club (SSC) 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 emergency services.

  • Conservative: help to minimise risk by taking an extra conservative approach to your boating.

    

    From January 2022, following recent government advice, the Club has taken the following precautions to minimise the risk of Covid-19:

 

     -  Hand sanitiser is provided in all communal areas

     -  All surfaces are wiped clean after every session using anti-bacterial wipes

     -  We recommend washing hands regularly for at least 20 seconds as per government advice

     -  There is no mandatory requirement to wear face masks in the clubhouse, however if you wish to          wear a face mask as a precaution you are welcome to do so.

     -  There is no longer any government mandatory advice to social distance, however we advise

         remaining a safe distance from others where possible to minimise the risk.

     -  In changing rooms, there is no longer any restriction on numbers, however we recommend

        using common sense and a) remaining a safe distance from others and b) waiting until 

        someone exits the changing rooms before entering during busy periods.

     -   There is no longer any mandatory restrictions on number of non-household members sailing           in two or more handed dinghies, however common sense must prevail.

 

     This policy has been updated in January 2022 in line with Government advice.  As always, we will continue to adhere to government guidelines and will keep updated with latest information and advice.  

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  [Policy revised March 2021]

Due to the issues of COVID 19, the Committee of Sutton Sailing Club have reviewed activities of the club.

Club activity is currently being constrained by government guidelines, however from 11th April, sailing activities are permitted including mixed households in 2 man boats. The racing programme has now restarted. Social distancing will apply for the time being on shore. We are able to use the bar on the same basis as pubs which for the time being is for groups of 6 people to share a table outside or inside with table service. From 17th May we can use the inside of the clubhouse with social distancing rules applying including using the galley for drinks and food.

The indoor use of the clubhouse and other club buildings for social activities is allowed, and the changing rooms available while maintaining social distancing. 

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[Policy revised 15 September 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.

Sutton Sailing Club (SSC) 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 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 key impact on the Club and its members are: (a) the restrictions on "gatherings" (i.e. events involving any social interaction or activities between people indoors or outdoors), (b) the requirement to follow "social distancing" measures, and (c) the requirement on the Club to make sure its premises are "Covid-19 secure". To simplify things we have summarised this as:

  • We will not run indoor or outdoor activities that lead to groups exceeding 6 people from more than one household gathering in the same place at the same time on land or within a single boat even if the "1m plus" social distancing measures can be maintained between all participants in the group [post-September 14 Government Regulation].

  • We will adhere to the "1m plus" social distancing guidance. NB Unless specially justified by other mitigating measures, this will continue to mean staying 2m apart. (The only exception to this is if an emergency should occur and action is needed to prevent harm to someone.) Members have been informed of the RYA guidance on the risks of people from different households sailing together and the Club is following this advice by leaving it to members to assess and control these risks when racing at the Club. [RYA advice endorsed by Government]

  • We will minimise the need for people from different households to share equipment or touch surfaces or items being used by others from outside their household. Where this is unavoidable, we will ensure items or surfaces are properly cleaned or are quarantined for a period of at least 48 hours before anyone else touches them [Government Guidance]. Where people from more than one household are considering sharing a boat during a Club activity we will bring to their attention the relevant RYA advice on the need for an assessment of their risk and the adoption of mitigating measures [RYA advice endorsed by Government].

  • So far as possible, we will keep a record of members participating in Club organised activities for at least 21 days after the event so it can be made available to the Government's Test & Trace organisation in the event of someone who attends a Club event testing positive for Covid-19[Government Guidance].