Latest British Rowing Advice on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

All the latest updates and advice from British Rowing as we continue to follow the situation relating to coronavirus (COVID-19)

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To help clubs and events plan we have developed a set of phases setting out how we will return to rowing following the coronavirus lockdown. At this stage, we are at phase G of our plan. Please see our ‘Coronavirus Advice: Returning to Rowing’ document for further information.

General Advice

  • Public health is the number one priority
    Do not leave your home to go rowing if Government advice means you should stay at home because you or someone you live with has or has had symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19), or you are in one of the more vulnerable categories and have been advised to shield from the coronavirus. See nhs.uk/coronavirus for more details.

 

  • Don’t forget your responsibilities
    Remember that any plans for exercising or rowing during the period of coronavirus restrictions should be in addition to your normal responsibilities as a rower, coach, club or event to safety, safeguarding and welfare.

 

  • Always check Government & waterway authority guidance
    British Rowing will make best endeavours to ensure the advice contained in this document is up to date but the situation and guidance from Government is regularly changing. Rowers, clubs and events should always ensure they check relevant guidance from the Government and local waterway authorities. The latest advice from the Government is available at: gov.uk/coronavirus

 

  • Guidance for England
    The advice contained here is aligned to the UK Government guidelines for England as the devolved governments have issued different guidance for Scotland and Wales. For advice for Scotland and Wales, please refer to Scottish Rowing and Welsh Rowing respectively.

Advice for Clubs

Current Advice Updated 17 September 2020

At this stage we advise clubs that we are at Phase G of our return to rowing plan – details of our full advice in relation to this are contained in our advice document linked below (now at version 6.1.1). The latest version includes a timetable for the return to competition:

Additional resources to support the document are also available below:

Our Club Support team remains available to offer further advice where required. We have also established a Club Emergency Fund for those clubs in particular need.

Check local restrictions

The UK Government is using ‘local restrictions’ to manage spikes in cases in particular locations. The advice in this document is designed to apply to the current national-level guidance. Clubs should check what local restrictions may be in effect for their area on the Government website and communicate that all members must operate within these restrictions regardless of where they are travelling from. These local restrictions may mean that clubs need to adapt their plans accordingly.

In addition to the UK Government website, clubs may find useful information on local restrictions on both their local authority and waterway navigation authority websites.

Current local restrictions and affected clubs

Updated 14 September

Based on our records, the following clubs are affected by current local restrictions. Please note that this list should not be treated as exhaustive and clubs should double-check if they are affected by the local restrictions. Clubs should also bear in mind their members may come from areas under local restrictions even if the club itself is outside the restrictions and may need to take action accordingly.

North of England

Club Local Authority Region
Nemesis Boat Club Trafford North West
Trafford Rowing Club Trafford North West
Manchester University Boat Club Trafford North West
Hollingworth Lake Rowing Club Rochdale North West
Agecroft Rowing Club Salford North West
Salford University Boat Club Salford North West
Bradford Amateur Rowing Club Bradford Yorkshire
Club:
Nemesis Boat Club
Local Authority:
Trafford
Region:
North West
Club:
Trafford Rowing Club
Local Authority:
Trafford
Region:
North West
Club:
Manchester University Boat Club
Local Authority:
Trafford
Region:
North West
Club:
Hollingworth Lake Rowing Club
Local Authority:
Rochdale
Region:
North West
Club:
Agecroft Rowing Club
Local Authority:
Salford
Region:
North West
Club:
Salford University Boat Club
Local Authority:
Salford
Region:
North West
Club:
Bradford Amateur Rowing Club
Local Authority:
Bradford
Region:
Yorkshire

Leicester

Club Local Authority Region
Leicester Rowing Club Leicester East Midlands
De Montfort Univ. (Leicester) Boat Club Leicester East Midlands
Leicester University Boat Club Leicester East Midlands
Club:
Leicester Rowing Club
Local Authority:
Leicester
Region:
East Midlands
Club:
De Montfort Univ. (Leicester) Boat Club
Local Authority:
Leicester
Region:
East Midlands
Club:
Leicester University Boat Club
Local Authority:
Leicester
Region:
East Midlands

Birmingham, Sandwell & Solihull

Club Local Authority Region
B-Row Birmingham City Council West Midlands
Birmingham Rowing Club Birmingham City Council West Midlands
Birmingham City University Rowing Club Birmingham City Council West Midlands
Birmingham University Rowing Club Birmingham City Council West Midlands
Two Lions BC Birmingham City Council West Midlands
Club:
B-Row
Local Authority:
Birmingham City Council
Region:
West Midlands
Club:
Birmingham Rowing Club
Local Authority:
Birmingham City Council
Region:
West Midlands
Club:
Birmingham City University Rowing Club
Local Authority:
Birmingham City Council
Region:
West Midlands
Club:
Birmingham University Rowing Club
Local Authority:
Birmingham City Council
Region:
West Midlands
Club:
Two Lions BC
Local Authority:
Birmingham City Council
Region:
West Midlands

Luton
None

Blackburn with Darwen, Oldham, Pendle

None

Bolton
None

Advice for Affiliated Competitions

Current Advice Updated 17 September 2020

On the basis of the guidance from the Government, it is our interpretation of the advice that British Rowing Affiliated Competitions would fall into the category of ‘public gatherings’. Therefore, we strongly advise that Competitions should not run for the period until 30 September. This reflects our decision to cancel or postpone all events run and managed directly by British Rowing for the same period.

Version 6.1.1 of our Return to Rowing advice now includes guidance on a return to competitions and the process that competitions will need to go through.

We will review this on an ongoing basis and continue to provide updates.

FAQs

Should I cancel my event if it is taking place after 30 September?

At this stage, the situation over the next few months is unclear and so it is advisable to make sure you understand the implications of any future cancellation so you can plan ahead, monitoring the likely scenarios and ensure you minimise the impact on your volunteers, competitors and your event itself. You shouldn’t feel the need to wait for British Rowing to make a nationwide decision if you feel the right decision for your event is to cancel/postpone.

Can I reschedule my cancelled event for later in the year?

The National Competition Committee will not consider any calendar changes for postponed Affiliated Competitions until the situation becomes clearer. Thank you for your understanding with this difficult situation.

How will this affect the Ranking Points Index?

We also recognise that the disruption to competitions will have an impact on the Ranking Points Index and, at an appropriate time, will be reviewing any actions that may be required to mitigate this.

How is British Rowing responding to the coronavirus situation?

We continue to monitor the ongoing situation and have setup a number of groups to help us plan for a safe return to rowing.

British Rowing Events

To date, we have cancelled, postponed or are making arrangements for a virtual meeting for all British Rowing directly managed events until 31 August. We will continue to review this on an ongoing basis.

Office Closure

We have closed the main office in Hammersmith and asked all our staff to work from home from 6pm, 17 March.

This will remain in force until further notice and will be reviewed regularly throughout this time and we will provide updates as required.

Most of our staff are accustomed to working from home and all our systems are set up to allow us to do this with the minimum disruption. There will inevitably be a few teething problems and so we appreciate your patience in these unprecedented times.

One change we will be making is that we will be closing our usual phone lines until the office reopens. Please direct general enquiries to [email protected] and, if you specifically need to speak to someone, we have set up a form on the website to request a callback.

National Training Centre

Following government advice, on Friday 20 March the decision was taken to close the National Training Centre at Caversham and move athletes to a home-based program. Athletes have been provided with home training equipment such as ergos and bikes, while staff members will work with them remotely. In line with the Government’s advice for elite sport, we are making plans for a return to training.

 

 

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