British Canoeing

DCC COVID-19 Guidance

Dear Members

BC issued guidance to clubs yesterday regarding COVID-19 prevention. We advise you to read it in full and to keep up to date with developments. As a club we need to make sensible and proportionate choices, leaving members as free as possible to maintain healthy and active lifestyles, whilst following government guidelines about hygiene, safe distance and safe exercise environments.

With immediate effect we will adopt the following guidelines to reduce unnecessary travel and minimise face to face contact:

We are suspending the junior programme and organised club paddling sessions until further notice. We can no longer conduct these face to face activities or events and comply with social distancing guidelines.

To reinforce the social distancing policy the main building (club room/gym/kitchen) will be taken out of use and locked from Thursday.

Paddlers at all levels are encouraged to keep active during this time. We will not prevent young adult (subject to parental approval) and adult members training on the water, provided the numbers and your habits remain safe and in line with BC guidelines.  Trevor will publish training programmes on WhatsApp with suggestions for you to follow independently.

The boat store remains in use for now. To avoid social contact people should plan to train alone and not in organised groups. You may wish to remove your boat from store to enable launch and recovery from quieter areas of the canal where you can avoid social contact.

Our changing rooms will remain open for now, but they create an environment where can cannot guarantee appropriate levels of hygiene or cleanliness in current circumstances. People must take responsibility for their own safety, avoiding contact with each other, washing hands before and after using the club and, whenever possible, changing away from the club. Use the facilities only if you have to, bring your own alcohol wipes or disinfectant and wipe down before and after you touch anything.

If you are over 70, vulnerable or have underlying health conditions, please stay away from the club in line with government advice. If you know of another member self-isolating, or who needs cheering up, please give them a call occasionally to check they’re OK.

Please look after yourself and others. The best social advice I have seen is that you should act as someone who is infected and try not to pass it on. If we look after each other we will come through this.

Ann SlatorDevizes Canoe Club – secretary

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