BYC Latest Covid19 Regulations (updated 9th January 2021).
Published 00:00 on 9 Jan 2021
Covid 19 Update.
Supporting UK Government Lockdown #3 Restrictions.
Effective 4th January 2021.
On 4th January 2021, the Prime Minister announced further nationwide restrictions (unofficially known as "Lockdown 3") in light of rising numbers of COVID-19 cases across the country. These restrictions came into force with immediate effect and were made law on 6 January.
In response to Lockdown 3, both the RYA and British Rowing have issued guidance relating to clubs and boating activities. These guidelines are subject to update should further clarification be received from Government. Please see the links below.
Please also refer to the latest Benfleet Yacht Club Covid19 risk assessment document which con be downloaded from the bottom of this page.
The Government has specifically stated that ALL sports and leisure facilities must close. Unfortunately, this also applies to Benfleet Yacht Club because we are a PRIVATE Club with PRIVATE facilities: not a Public open area.
You are also reminded of the key Government rules which include; staying at home, not making unnecessary journeys and that journeys for exercise should be local.
The latest restrictions will have the following implications to members of Benfleet Yacht Club:
1) The clubhouse will remain closed at all times. Toilets will remain available for use, but not the changing rooms.
2) Boating of any type (cruiser or dinghy sailing, rowing, kayaking, SUP'ing etc) must NOT take place from the Club.
3) The club slipway is "closed" for launching and haul-out of boats of all types: cruisers, sailing dinghies, rowing vessels, tenders and dory's / RIB's etc.
However, the Government is permitting sailing activities from PUBLIC OPEN SPACES and facilities but ONLY providing that you launch from a PUBLIC SLIP or beach - which sadly does not apply to BYC (but may apply to other Yacht Clubs around the country).
4) Members may access the club's site for
a) 'exercise' (but not boating, as stated above) as permitted within the Government guidelines,
b) to check their boats,
c) to carryout ESSENTIAL MAINTENANCE ONLY (security and weather-related preventative actions etc.). GENERAL MAINTENANCE AND ROUTINE FIT-OUT WORK ARE NOT CONSIDERED AS ESSENTIAL.
5) Members may not congregate or conduct social activity whilst on the club premisses. Social distancing guidelines must be followed carefully in order to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
6) It is not permitted stay overnight on your boat.
7) The club's crane will also be out of use.
The club Officers and Committee will continue to check the security of Club premises and allow limited essential maintenance / improvement work to take place: conducted within the Government guidelines.
Further updates to the above may be issued as and when necessary.
Members are again reminded to CLOSE AND LOCK the main front gate when both ENTERING AND LEAVING the site. The large majority of members have complied with this requirement over the past months, but unfortunately, one or two do not. We must remind all members that it's your property we are seeking to protect.