All Club-Based Rowing to CEASE!

20th March 2020 – All Club-Based Rowing to CEASE from TONIGHT!

The following update is in addition and supersedes our previous advice!

Further to the latest Prime Ministers press conference at 16:45 on 20th March and the directive that we should all be responsible for taking steps to reduce social interaction between people, together with the latest advice from British Rowing “British Rowing advises that all Affiliated Clubs should cease all club-based activity as soon as reasonably possible tonight and not reopen tomorrow until further notice.”

Welsh Sea Rowing confirm that all affiliated rowing clubs MUST cease all rowing activities and we urge all members to conform to the recommended Government advice on Social Distancing.

What is social distancing? (taken from Public Health Wales @ 19:00 on 20th March 2020)
Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are:

  1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough.
  2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible.
  3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information.
  4. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs.
  5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media.
  6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services.

Clarification of current WSR Insurance and affiliation.
When a club affiliates to Welsh Sea Rowing this then covers that club and its members with liability insurance. We have contacted Howden Insurance brokers today and asked them to clarify their advice regarding rowing activities and Covid-19, below is their statement:

‘We advise that members should follow the advice of Welsh Sea Rowing and the Government. Within any insurance policy there is a reasonable precautions condition and if the member is deliberately ignoring advice or acting recklessly this may impact on their liability cover. All members should record their decisions and reasons to proceed with their activities and ensure that risk assessment and risk management is considered through their process (the health and wellbeing of everyone being of primary importance as per the governments guidance).’

Clubs MUST still affiliate to Welsh Sea Rowing to be covered by the liability insurance policy. If clubs do NOT affiliate, Welsh Sea Rowing cannot support your club with any guidance or governance. As stated on March 17th individual Membership payments do not currently need to be made until such time that the current suspension of all rowing involving non-essential contact is lifted.

Club Rules, Code of Conduct and Risk Assessment
We would advise all affiliated clubs to update their Rules, Code of Conduct and Risk Assessment documentation to include a clause regarding Covid-19 to take account of the current advice from the Government and rowing authorities on whether to undertake any rowing activities at such times.

Decisions by Welsh Sea Rowing
Finally, we wish to re-iterate that the officers of the Welsh Sea Rowing committee feel morally and ethically that this is the right action to take and hope you will all support this decision. We will keep you updated on this situation and suggest you bookmark this link and refer to it periodically for any updates.

Your affiliated club officers should also receive this information via the WSR email distribution list and updates will also be posted on WSR Facebook page



More information is on our dedicated COVID-19 page.



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