(revised January 2022)

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness which may ultimately result in death.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

UK Government guidance on Covid-19 can be found here:

At all times information on the above link takes precedence should there be any conflict with the following SMBC club actions.

1.0 All club members will be made aware of this policy document and associated risk assessment.

2.0 All club members are expected to make their own assessment of the current risk to their individual health as well as their potential impact on others health that attendance at a club event may incur before entering any event.

3.0 All members at a club event will be required to follow all current government guidance on Covid-19 at all times.

4.0 Members attendance at all club events will require pre-entry to the club secretary to ensure government guidelines on gathering sizes are not exceeded. In the event that government guidelines permit gatherings larger than the known club section size the requirement for pre-entry will cease for that section.

5.0 Attendance at a club event without pre-entry, while 4.0 applies, is forbidden and any individual club member doing so will be asked to leave Apex Park immediately.

6.0 Any member that has Covid-19 symptoms, or any reason to believe they may have been exposed to anyone with symptoms or a positive test, must not attend any club event even if pre-entry has been completed.

7.0 The club secretary, or other designated official, will keep a record of individuals, and their contact details, who have attended each event, for a minimum of 28 days, should it become required by NHS Test and Trace.

8.0 For all club events held at Apex Park the club will provide WHO approved hand sanitiser for use by all club members as and when required.

9.0 All club members are strongly advised to use the hand sanitiser provided before and after any consumption of food and/or drink whilst participating in a club event.

10.0 When necessary a cordoned off area will be provided for club members to occupy whilst operating models to aid social distancing from members of the general public.

11.0 Moving the dinghy from storage container to lakeside shall be undertaken by a maximum of two people Wherever possible one of these two people will then be the designated dinghy user for the event. Only one person should ever enter the storage container.

12.0 Where it becomes necessary for a member, other than the designated dinghy user, to touch any club equipment hand sanitiser should be used before and after doing so.

13.0 Disposable masks and gloves will be available if required by any club member during a club event. After their use the club member will be responsible for their safe disposal following the governments guidelines.

14.0 No event will count towards any SMBC Trophy competition whilst there is potential for any club member to be excluded as a result of UK Government guidelines.