Coronavirus update

The below details the Government’s Guidelines relating to exercise along with the club’s advice, for further clarification read the full Government instruction. For more club information or to support your club at this time please get in touch with the the Main Committee direct or via your Section Committee. Contact details can be found here.

Friday 3 JulyUpdate from the Harriers Committee

Following a Harriers Committee meeting work has started on identifying how to resume some level of club activity in the near future with the safety of both club members and the wider community the primary consideration, and of course subject to Government Guidelines. Look out for further information to follow via email.

Thursday 2 July

The following government guidelines relating to exercise take effect on Saturday 4 July, along with the club’s advice:

  • Exercise or play sport outside in groups of up to six people from other households but maintain social distancing from those you do not live with. You should stay 2m apart or ‘1m plus’, which is one metre plus mitigations; being outside is a mitigation, therefore, runners in groups should maintain at least 1m distance with each other. This should ideally be side by side and not facing each other.
  • Kindly be respectful to the community while running solo or in informal small groups; do not put members of the public at risk and be aware of their potential nervousness regarding coronavirus by sticking to 2m social distancing where possible.
  • If you, someone in your household (including your support bubble) or anyone you have been in contact with, shows COVID-19 symptoms, such as a dry cough, high temperature or loss of taste, you should stay at home.
  • Travel to outdoor open space irrespective of distance for exercise and outdoor activity, as long as you do not put others at risk. You should avoid sharing a private vehicle with anyone outside of your household.
  • Sadly the clubhouse remains closed for now; junior training has been postponed to at least September and runners speed training will continue to be on hold. The rowing and running committees will be in touch with their sections.

Thursday 25 JuneUpdate from the Main Club Committee

The Main Committee has put together a plan for re-opening the downstairs of the clubhouse, but as the latest guidelines state that indoor fitness centres, gyms and sports venues/facilities cannot re-open the clubhouse will sadly remain closed for now. The bar will also remain closed as the safety and social distancing requirements are not achievable or fair on the volunteers who work behind the bar. Junior training has been postponed to at least September and runners speed training will continue to be on hold. The rowing and running committees will be in touch with their sections.
This is not the news the committee was hoping to give but we remain positive that our next update will be different. Thank you for your continued understanding.
If you have any questions, would like more information or support the club please just get in touch with the main club committee direct or via your section committee.

Tuesday 2 June – further information for our members

The clubhouse including the boathouse is closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and in line with Government Guidelines, both will remain closed for the foreseeable future.

The club is strictly following all government guidelines as well as taking advice from England Athletics and British Rowing. The safety of members is of the utmost importance and the enormity of reopening procedures is complex and a huge responsibility; therefore, the clubhouse and boathouse will not reopen nor training groups of any size restart until all the following is met:

  • Government guidelines allow us
  • Clubhouse and boathouse meet all social distancing requirements
  • Club Committee feel it is safe
  • New Risk Assessments including Covid-19 restrictions are in place
  • All insurance policy requirements are met
  • Disclaimers circulated with members as necessary, signed and returned
  • Training sessions will not put members of our community at risk
  • Coaches and group leaders are happy to do so

The Club Committee are putting a recovery plan in place for when it is safe to reopen, and members will be kept updated along the way. In all likelihood the club will operate very differently when opening to adhere to guidelines and requirements.

Runners may ask why we are not restarting running groups before opening the clubhouse; as well as a number of the reasons stated above, advice is that running groups take place in open outdoor spaces only, we run on public roads and pavements, social distancing with members of the public would be unachievable, not practical and would not be community spirited or within the club’s ethos. The outdoor facilities hired by the section are not available at this time.

Rowers may ask why we cannot open the boathouse separately to the clubhouse; in addition to the reasons stated above, social distancing requirements and a one-way system is not achievable in our boathouse. Transporting boats to the riverside is not practical when needing to social distance with other members of the public and again would not be community spirited or within the club’s ethos. Rowers with private boats are welcome to remove boats from the boathouse with prior arrangement with Barrie White but will not be able to re-house them in the boathouse at this time.

The Club Committee has been asked about the possibility of a partial refund on club membership (£35 senior single, £50 joint senior, £20 junior). The clubhouse’s overheads such as insurances and day-to-day running costs still need to be met and are covered by membership and takings from the bar. There are no takings from the bar at present and this is likely to remain so for a considerable amount of time as this will be one of the last facilities to open in the clubhouse. At this point there will not be a partial refund; however, it will be re-addressed once the clubhouse/bar are fully open and the status of the finances is clear. Grants available to help are being researched. Any subs which are paid to individual sections will need to be addressed with the sections and will be at their discretion.

The Club Committee thank our members for their understanding, cooperation, and support at this challenging time. Of course, we all wish this international emergency wasn’t happening and we could all be back together, but we must all do our bit to get through this safe and healthy.

Saturday 30 May

The following government guidelines relating to exercise take effect on Monday 1 June, along with the club’s advice:

  • You can exercise or play sport in groups of up to six people from other households, but should only do so where it is possible to maintain a strict two metre gap from those you do not live with; this should ideally be side by side and not one behind the other. However, this may not be achievable or practical when running; while it is up to the individual, we advise that running continues to be alone or with members of your household only.
  • You can continue to travel to outdoor open space irrespective of distance for exercise and outdoor activity, as long as you can return the same night and do not put others at risk because of services you may need in the time you are away. You should not share a private vehicle with members of another household as you will not be able to keep strict social distancing guidelines.
    However we live in a rural location and in the spirit of keeping communities safe; advise that exercise or outdoor activity continues to start and finish as close to home as possible without the need to drive.
  • If you are showing coronavirus symptoms, or if you or any of your household are self-isolating, you should stay at home – this is critical to staying safe and saving lives.
  • All running and rowing training and groups are still cancelled and the clubhouse remains closed until further notice.

Thursday 21 May

A message from our Club Captain, Karen Curry:
‘Dear Members, the main Club Committee met a couple of days ago and the outcomes of the meeting are summarised below:

  • The clubhouse will remain closed for the time being.
  • Any members who have private boats housed in the boathouse will be contacted. If they wish to use their boats then they will be asked to liaise with Barrie in order to remove their boats from the boathouse but for the time being they will not be able to re-house them in the boathouse.
  • A small sub-committee will meet next week to put together suggestions for the phased re-opening of the clubhouse and the outcomes of this meeting will be taken to the main Club Committee on Monday 1 June 2020.
  • Members will be kept informed of progress on a regular basis.

In the meantime, stay safe and keep fit.’

Thursday 14 May

A message from our Club Captain, Karen Curry:
‘Dear members, I would just like to clarify the Club’s position regarding any possible re-opening of the clubhouse. The clubhouse will not be re-opened until we are absolutely sure that we can follow all government guidelines on hygiene and social distancing. At the present time this is not possible so the clubhouse remains closed.
The main Club Committee will be meeting within the next couple of days in order to discuss a plan for the future re-opening of the clubhouse and the outcomes of this meeting will be communicated to members as soon as possible.
In the meantime say safe and fit.’

Monday 11 May

The following government guidelines relating to exercise take effect on Wednesday 13 May, along with the club’s advice:

  • Exercise outdoors as often as you wish alone or with members of your household – ensuring you following social distancing guidelines, staying at least 2 metres away from anyone outside your household.
  • One person can meet or exercise outdoors with one other person from a different household while practicing social distancing guidelines, staying at least 2 metres away at all times. However, this may not be easily achievable or practical when running; advise that running continues to be alone or with members of your household only.
  • You can travel to outdoor open space irrespective of distance for exercise or outdoor activity, alone or with members of your household only. However we live in a rural location and in the spirit of keeping communities safe; advise that exercise or outdoor activity continues to start and finish close to home without the need to travel or drive whenever possible.

Wednesday 29 April

The guidelines state that exercise (runs) should stay local avoiding unnecessary travel, starting and finishing at your household. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) guidelines for England say driving to the countryside to exercise is likely to be a reasonable excuse if far more time is spent walking than driving. However our location is classed as rural so our local government/council guidance is that all exercise should be taken from your household; there are exceptions for example if you are elderly and live on top of a hill, then you are permitted to drive to the flat for your daily exercise. Therefore we advise all members to start and finish exercise from their household as travelling would be unnecessary.

Thursday 2 April

Confirming the instruction regarding travel and exercise: “stay local and use open spaces near to your home where possible – do not travel unnecessarily.” Travelling/driving to a location for your one form of exercise each day is deemed unnecessary, therefore all exercise/runs should start and finish at your household.

Tuesday 24 March

The latest instruction is “Stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives”. Only go outside for food, health reasons or if you are a key worker, at present we can still run; we can leave the house for “One form of exercise a day alone or with members of your household” please please stick to this instruction and if you see other members of the public stay 2 metres (6ft) away.

The 2020 Handicap Series along with the Good Friday Relays have been postponed due to the coronavirus, our aim is to hold club events later in the year if possible.

Sunday 22 March

For our members welfare and safety we advise our runners to no longer run in groups, please only run solo or with those you live with.

Tuesday 17 March

As of immediate effect Bideford Amateur Athletic Club have:

  • Cancelled all running and rowing training and groups until further notice.
  • Closed the clubhouse until further notice. Strictly no admission or access to boat house, bar, changing rooms, showers, hall or fitness equipment.
  • Bideford 10k has been postponed until Sunday 20 September, all race entries have been transferred to this new date inline with Race terms and conditions.

The Harrier’s running section is following advice from England Athletics whose statement specifies ‘England Athletics advises that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April.’
As a result, the Good Friday Relays will be postponed with the aim to hold a similar club relay event running for chocolate later in the year. All members will be kept up to date with any further club event or race cancellation or postponement.
Read the full England Athletic Coronavirus statement here.

The rowing section is following advice from British Rowing.

Bideford Amateur Athletic Club advise all our members to follow NHS Advice on Infection Control and Government’s advice should you have symptoms, summarised below:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms of coronavirus
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean
  • Use phone, online services, or apps to contact your GP surgery or other NHS services

Bideford Amateur Athletic Club will continue to monitor the guidance available from public bodies and please be assured our members wellbeing is of the upmost importance and will keep you informed of any club updates.

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