QMSC CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) NOTICE: Thursday 19th March, 2020

Dear Members and Supporters,

Given the current uncertain circumstances I want to let you know that the Sailing Club remains open as a place where you can still get out on the water in the fresh air and get some exercise. However, with the constantly evolving situation in the UK we have to adapt our operations to maintain the safest possible environment for both you and our team.

Following the statements from the Prime Minister and his scientific advisers this week, we are taking the Government’s advice very seriously and have made the changes detailed below, which we consider are appropriate at this time. The advice is changing quickly and we will be reviewing operations on a daily basis and posting updates on the Club’s website whenever necessary, so please make sure to check the website before setting off to visit the Club. The changes below are effective today, Thursday 19th March.

This weekend and going forward – Queen Mary Sailing Club:

The club house is closed, but for very limited use.

  • The galley and bar will be closed until further notice – we suggest that Members bring your own food and drink
  • Seating areas and the lounge on the first floor are not to be used.
  • The changing rooms are open for access to toilets and wash basins but we strongly recommend that Members change at home, or in your cars, before and after sailing/windsurfing and minimise use of the club changing facilities and showers.

On water activities

  • Safety cover will be maintained at all times when the water is open.
  • Casual/Social sailing and windsurfing will continue as normal.
  • Sunday Club Racing will take place as usual, using the new online sign on.
  • Engaging in double-hander sailing is at Members’ individual discretion
  • Open meetings and open training will be cancelled until further notice
  • Saturday Club & Sailability will be advised separately to this notice shortly
  • Due to the current situation we are postponing all QM organised training and will be re-scheduling postponed courses once fully open again.
  • Admission to grounds and on water activities will only be for Members of Queen Mary Sailing Club.

However, Members should maintain a safe distance between themselves and others. These steps are in addition to the measures that we have already implemented to help minimise risks to our staff and members.

Please make sure that you continue to follow advice from Public Health England. Social distancing is really important for everyone, but especially for those aged over 70, those with underlying health conditions and pregnant women and Members falling into any of these groups should consider whether you want to visit the club at all during this period.

Keeping active and getting outdoors is incredibly important for your mental health and physical well-being. We fully understand that this can be a very stressful time for you, as it is for us. Our operations and policies are under constant review and, as the situation evolves and more specific guidance is issued by the Government and Public Health England, we will adapt accordingly.

Further updates are to be expected – Please check the club’s website for the most up to date information before visiting the Club each time.

We wish you, your friends and family continued good health.

Tony Bishop,
Club Secretary

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