With ever changing rules to keep pace with latest data on infection rates and especially the emergence of a new strain of the coronavirus, we need to be aware of the government’s and British Rowing’s advice on use of the Rowing Club facilities.

On Wednesday 16th British Rowing issued the following advice about Christmas bubbles, which I assume still stands, except that (following further government advice issued on Saturday 19th) the period when the Christmas bubbles can meet is now Christmas Day only. But you knew that, I’m sure.

Christmas bubbles 

During the period between 23 December to 27 December Christmas Day, specific changes to the COVID-19 restrictions will be in place to allow households to combine to form a Christmas bubble. We would advise clubs and members to be considerate to their fellow club members during this period and after you have ended your Christmas bubble.

Before forming your Christmas bubble: UK Government guidance suggests that you should reduce unnecessary contact with people outside your household for the two weeks before you form your Christmas bubble. During this period, based on your personal circumstances, you may wish to consider restricting your rowing activity accordingly (e.g. not rowing in crews with other households).

During your Christmas bubble: if you attend the rowing club, we would recommend you still treat your Christmas bubble as if it is separate households.

After your Christmas bubble: Government guidance suggests that you should reduce contact with people outside your bubble for the two weeks after you last meet with your Christmas bubble. During this period, you should consider restricting your rowing activity to your own household only (i.e. not rowing in crews with other households).

For more information on Christmas bubbles please see: GOV.uk: Making a Christmas bubble

It was this advice which led us to conclude that we should not hold events during the whole Christmas period (including at New Year) which involved any boats other than singles and household doubles/pairs.

So, the club’s advice to you is to book outings in singles, household doubles and household pairs only until further advice.  It is likely that we shall resume rowing in bubbles in quads and fours around 8th January.  We shall keep you posted.