This page has information and updates on the club’s COVID-19 status. Updated 11 August 2021.
Most legal restrictions relating to Covid-19 were lifted on 9 August 2021 when Scotland moved to ‘Beyond Level 0’. This includes restrictions on physical distancing and the size of social gatherings.
Please check the most up to date guidance and associated restrictions for your local area as well as the area that you are visiting. Participants, clubs and centres should be prepared for restrictions to change at short notice and this may result in activity being adapted, postponed or cancelled. Please use the Government postcode checking tool to find out the level of restrictions in your area.
Test and Protect
It is a mandatory requirement that facility operators collect and keep for 21 days, contact details for visitors to their premises. It is also now a mandatory requirement for organisers of boating activity, such as musters or regattas, to collect and retain the contact details for all participants. You should be prepared to give your details when requested.
Otherwise everything is back to normal except:
- Trace and track is still in operation – everyone must remember to check in.
- Face coverings must be worn inside. This means in the changing rooms and in the clubhouse when moving around. Face coverings can be removed for eating, drinking, and exercise – which includes dancing and indoor training exercises (and showering). Vertical drinking at the bar is allowed.
- Gents changing room to have a limit of 10 people at a time; Ladies to have a limit of 6 people at a time.
Members should read and follow the guidelines published by the RYA. It is important that:
Our guiding principles remain:
We will always follow Government advice – Scottish Government
We will, as a boating community, take a considerate and conservative approach
- Considerate of others: be mindful of the potential impact that you could have on other water users and local communities. Do not place unnecessary extra strain on the RNLI and emergency services
- Conservative of risk: help to minimise risk by taking an extra conservative approach to your boating
- rescue techniques and considerations.
The COVID-19 preventative measures are vital to protecting health and wellbeing and to minimising pressure on frontline services. We have a collective and individual role to play by following the Government guidelines.
The information within the RYA Scotland Guidance document is tailored towards RYA affiliated clubs and recognised training centres but is applicable to all boating and is designed to aid your decision-making process and planning, not replace it. All planning decisions should be made using this information as assistance and considering both the current advice and all the unique considerations in which you operate. In doing this, clubs and training centres should use risk assessment tools and processes to make the most effective decisions, individual participants should remain considerate and conservative in their boating choices.
Clubs and centres will also need to make sure that facility staff, volunteers and participants are made aware and can adapt to changes in guidance at short notice. Information on Scottish Governments approach to managing Covid-19 is available at Scottish Government: Coronavirus in Scotland.