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)


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 C 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 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:


  • 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 10 July 2020

At this stage we advise clubs that we are at Phase C of our return to rowing phases – details of our full advice in relation to this are contained in our advice document linked below (now at version 4.1).

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.

Advice for Competitions

Current Advice Updated 29 June 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 31 August. This reflects our decision to cancel or postpone all events run and managed directly by British Rowing for the same period. We will review this on an ongoing basis and continue to provide updates.


Should I cancel my event if it is taking place after 31 August?

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.