It has been decided that the Clubhouse facility will be closed until further notice following Friday’s broadcast by the PM Boris Johnston. This is in-line with similar action taken by other boating clubs in the Poole and Christchurch area.
We are hoping that by the 1st April when boats start to arrive on their moorings, the club will be able to provide a limited taxi service and the availability of the Club tenders to allow members to access their boats from our jetty. If we manage this, I would ask that you all consider social distancing when on the Club jetty. The Clubhouse however will still remain closed to members until further notice.
The Government guidelines recommend social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). Check out the following link:
We strongly advise you to follow the above measures as much as you can and to significantly limit your face-to-face interaction with friends and family if possible, particularly if you:
• are over 70
• have an underlying health condition
This advice is likely to be in place for some time.
This action may seem extreme to some, however we are told that we are not yet near the peak of the pandemic in the UK for some weeks and with the Government taking extreme measures to avoid the NHS ICU facilities from being overwhelmed one must assume that they are being advised of worsening conditions to come.
Saturday’s new UK Coronavirus confirmed cases are quoted as 1,035, bring the UK total number of cases to 5,018. The UK death toll as of Saturday evening totals 234, with an increasing number each day. Saturday’s UK death toll at the time of writing is 57.
Taking the action of closing the Clubhouse would not have been done if we did not consider that such action was absolutely necessary. We have had to consider that this pandemic is of seemingly unprecedented magnitude in modern times and will seriously affect the lives of us all.
On a positive note, being out in the open air is good and being able to hopefully use our boats will allow this.
We will update you as and when there is any further information and details of any special arrangements.
Please be aware that we have no wish to curtail any activity unnecessarily, but we hope that members will understand that we are mindful of all members health and well-being.
North Haven Yacht Club