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)


Advice for Clubs

Current Advice Updated 8 October 2021

Our guidance is version 15 reflecting the latest guidance from Government. 👇 Update December 2021: with rising cases around the country, we would advise clubs to re-assess their policies on face coverings and would advice that they are used at all times indoors when not exercising. Clubs may also wish to request members take a lateral flow test before attending the club over this period.

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For more information on how we are managing competitions in 2021 please see here.

Surge Testing

In light of the Government’s announcements regarding surge testing (please see the Government website for details of where this applies), all clubs and members are encouraged to follow the directions of the Government and local authorities with regard to any additional surge testing. As set out in the guidance, clubs should apply any local restrictions to our national guidance and where applicable, review their risk assessments and control measures.

We will continue to monitor the situation and national guidance from the Government. If required, we may have to adjust some of our guidance, potentially at short notice. As such, clubs and competitions should ensure they have appropriate plans to reverse any plans they put in place.

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.

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.

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.

Elite Sport

In line with DCMS Elite Sport guidance, there is an exemption to the national restrictions for designated elite athletes. In rowing, these are only those senior GB Rowing Team members currently training towards the delayed Tokyo 2020 Games and named elite development pathway athletes as agreed with UK Sport. In order to be exempt from restrictions, all activity involving these athletes is overseen by British Rowing and conducted in a COVID-Secure manner, adhering to the strict guidelines set out in the DCMS guidance.


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