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Covid 19: The Club's latest response to the Coronavirus Pandemic.


Please find below the Club's latest response to the Coronavirus pandemic including information about what Members can and cannot do and the necessary risk assessments.

Club Risk Assessments

Updated as of 4th January 2021


Latest Guidance from the RYA


Previous Updates

5th January 2021 update: National Lockdown

Following the announcement, which moved the UK into a National Lockdown with immediate effect, your Flag Officers and General Committee have further updated the availability of Club facilities to Members to comply with Government Guidelines:

  • The Clubhouse and all outdoor areas of the Club including the Balconies will now be closed.

  • The pontoons remain open for emergency access and essential maintenance to River moorings only. Limited Club dinghies remain available for use by Members with facilities to disinfect them after use.

  • Some staff will work from home in line with Government regulations, but the Office phones and emails will be manned during weekdays from 0900 on January 4th.

  • The Boatmen return from annual leave on January 11th and will continue winter maintenance on a rotation basis in preparation for the new season.

  • In order to comply with Government Regulations the Bar & Restaurant will remain closed. However, Mosimann’s will continue to offer a ‘click ‘n collect service from January 5th onwards. The new menu is on our website.

It remains extremely important for the reputation of the Club that Members using our facilities conform to Government Regulations. Members are encouraged to stay at home except when necessary. For more guidelines please see:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home
 
The Flag Officers will continue to meet regularly to monitor government advice and respond in Members’ interests.
 
This latest development is disappointing news.  Nevertheless, we all remain determined to work towards offering our Members the fullest possible programme of Club sailing and services in 2021.



31st December update: Tier 4 Club Restrictions

Following the announcement yesterday, which moved the “New Forest” into Tier 4 with immediate effect, your Flag Officers and General Committee have further updated the availability of Club facilities to Members to comply with Government Guidelines:

  • All outdoor areas of the Club will remain open to Members including the Balconies and the Pontoon.
  • Club tenders remain available for use by Members with facilities to disinfect them after use.
  • Junior training using the Club RIB fleet will be temporarily suspended with immediate effect. This will be reviewed weekly and training restarted as soon as this fast moving situation stabilises.
  • The Clubhouse will remain closed to Members in order to comply with Government regulations.
  • Some staff will work from home in line with Government regulations, but the Office will be manned during weekdays from 0900 on January 4th.
  • The Boatmen return from annual leave on January 11th and will continue winter maintenance in preparation for the new season.
  • In order to comply with Government Regulations the Bar & Restaurant will remain closed. However, Mosimann’s will continue to offer a ‘click ‘n collect service from January 5th onwards. The new menu is on our website.

It remains extremely important for the reputation of the Club that Members using our facilities conform to Government Regulations. The tier four rules are set out here:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-4-stay-at-home

The Flag Officers will continue to meet regularly to monitor government advice and respond in Members’ interests.

This latest development is disappointing news.  Nevertheless, we all remain determined to work towards offering our Members the fullest possible programme of Club sailing and services in 2021.

John Tudor
Vice Commodore




24th December Update: Tier 3: Club Restrictions

Following Wednesday afternoon’s announcement, which moves the “New Forest” into Tier 3 from Boxing Day, your Flag Officers and General Committee wish to maintain services to Members whilst adhering to Government Covid regulations. We have decided on the following actions:

  • All outdoor areas of the Club will remain open to Members including the Balconies and the Pontoon.
  • Club dinghies remain available for use by Members with facilities to disinfect them after use.
  • Junior training can continue as planned using the Club RIB fleet.
  • The Clubhouse will be closed from 2200 today and will re-open to Members at 0900 on January 4th.
  • We have no plans to furlough our retained staff. The Office will be manned during weekdays from 0900 on January 4th.
  • The Boatmen return from annual leave on January 11th and will complete winter maintenance in preparation for the fullest possible sailing programme in 2021.
  • The Peter Andreae Trophy scheduled on Sunday 27th December will now be postponed.
  • In order to comply with Government Regulations the Bar & Restaurant will close from 2200 today. However, Mosimann’s will continue to offer a ‘click ‘n collect service from January 5th onwards. The new menu will be sent to Members and on our website shortly.

  • Both the New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day brunch are, unfortunately, cancelled.

It is very important for the reputation of the Club that Members using our facilities conform to Government Regulations. The tier three rules are set out here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/tier-3-very-high-alert
 
Obviously we are unsure how long this lockdown may last so the Flag Officers will meet regularly to monitor government advice and respond in Members’ interests.
 
This is obviously unfortunate (although not unexpected) news.  Nevertheless, may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a healthy and happy 2021.

John Tudor
Vice Commodore


2nd December Update:

Following the announcement from the Government on Thursday, the Royal Lymington Yacht Club and Mosimannn’s at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club will reopen on Wednesday 2nd December.

We would like to welcome Members back to the Clubhouse as we approach Christmas. However, as Lymington has now been placed in Tier Two of the Government’s restrictions it is important that I explain the guidelines under which we will be operating.

•   You must not socialise with anyone with whom you do not live or who is not in your support bubble in the Clubhouse

•   You must not socialise with more than 6 people outside on the Terrace

•   The Club can only provide table service either in the bar or restaurant

•   The Club can only serve drinks if you have a substantial meal to accompany your drinks

•   Last orders will be at 10pm with closing time of 11pm

Members are encouraged to book, using our new online restaurant booking system: BOOK HERE                                                    

As we have done over the last few months, we will continue to ensure we do everything to make sure the Clubhouse is as Covid 19 safe as possible.  

We would ask the members to sanitise or wash their hands on arrival and frequently during the time in the Club. Face masks must be worn on arrival and whilst in the Club. Face masks are available from reception if needed. Members may remove their face masks whilst eating or drinking. Please also observe the safe distance rules. I do appreciate all your support but it is important we follow the guidelines in order to try to keep all of us as safe as possible.

Currently we plan to close for Christmas on 24th December at 10pm. The Club will not be open for Christmas Day & Boxing day, as is customary at this time. Mosimann's will also be closed on Sunday 27th December and will reopen on Monday 28th December for lunch & supper service as normal.  For the New Year, we will keep the Government’s regulations under review and make our decisions in that light.

Meanwhile, I look forward to welcoming you and I wish you all a very Happy Christmas.

Kirsty Husband

General Manager - Operations


14th September Update:

Two steps forward one step back …..”the rule of six”….

Just when we thought we were moving back towards normality on the water and in the clubhouse the Government presents us with another change to the rules.

The Health and Safety team met last night to discuss what the new “Rule of 6” means for us and, based upon the emerging instructions,  from this Monday (14th September) we will be required by law to make some changes to the way we use the Club.

The good news is that the changes to the on-the-water requirements are pretty limited as we already have good Risk Assessments in place and are, we believe already compliant with the Government guidelines and, of course, the law.

Changes to Sailing:

  1. We need to restrict gatherings of sailors for briefings, for example, to 1 briefer + 5 sailors.  This means we’ll need to continue to use Zoom and Whatsapp for briefings.  Your sailing co-ordinators and Class Captains will let you know how this will work.
  2. Having resumed our RIB service we now need to restrict the number of people on a RIB to 5 + the driver.  The Boatmen have been instructed not to exceed this limit.

Changes to the Clubhouse:

  1. We are required to restrict the number of people at each table in the bar / restaurant to 6 (unless from the same family bubble).  We cannot accept bookings for more than 6 people. 
  2. There should be no mingling between tables, or wandering between tables to talk with friends.  It follows that it will not be allowed to move or merge tables. 
  3. We are now required to log the details of everyone at each table for ‘track and trace’ so we are going to change the way we record this and ask each table to complete a form which will be already on the table (rather than creating a queue on entry to the bar area).  This is only required in the bar and restaurant is actually open.
  4. For the avoidance of doubt, Members still have to wear face-coverings when moving about the Club until they are eating or drinking in the bar / restaurant.

Fortunately, this seems a pretty small change to the way we operate and it allows us to continue to meet in the Club with our friends in some degree of normality.  This is the right thing to do.  In any case, the consequences of non-compliance are escalating fines and potential closure and must be avoided.  We have no choice.

Because this is a change required by law staff have been instructed to request compliance from members and have been instructed to report any breaches.

Thanks very much for your co-operation,

John Tudor
Vice Commodore