This page has been set up to enable you to easily access information about the Club’s response to the current Coronavirus Pandemic
Last updated: 11/01/21
Current Club Covid-19 Status: Level 1
From 26th December, Chichester Yacht Club is now temporarily closed, but our Takeaway Service remains open
Since the start of the current Coronavirus outbreak, the General Committee set up a Major Incident Committee to provide both Covid-19 leadership and direction to the Club’s Operations Team and to ensure the Club continues to comply with the current Government Guidelines by ensuring appropriate Risk Assessments and required Guidance are produced.
It is the Club’s Policy to comply at all times the extant Government’s restrictions guidelines. Our priority is, and will remain to be, the safety and security in the relationships and interactions between our members, staff and visitors to the Club.
The Club has produced a Pathway Plan document which outlines Chichester Yacht Club’s approach to opening our facilities and services to our members and visitors. The aim is to have the Club well positioned to move forward as restrictions allow.
This is recommended reading so that members can understand the approach being adopted and can contribute to the development of ongoing ideas.
Summary of key events:
- 13th May 2020: the Major Incident Committee moved the Club’s Covid-19 Status to Level 1, following updates to the Government’s restrictions, changes to water-based activities guidance from Defra and updates to the Harbour Conservancy guidelines.
- 6th June 2020: the Club launches its new Takeaway meals service.
- 7th June 2020: the Major Incident Committee moved the Club’s Covid-19 Status to Level 2, following further relaxation of the Government’s restrictions and approval of required risk assessments and guidance.
- 23rd June 2020: the Major Incident Committee moved the Club’s Covid-19 Status to Level 3, following the approval of required risk assessments and guidance for RYA training to re-start.
- 26th June 2020: the General Committee approved the Major Incident Committee recommendation to re-open the Clubhouse to members from 4th July and hence moving the Club’s Covid-19 Status to Level 4.
- 28th June 2020: The Major Incident Committee approved the reopening of the Club’s Changing Rooms, with restricted numbers.
- 5th November 2020: The Major Incident Committee closed the Clubhouse in accordance with Government instructions. However a Takeaway service is now available for members and the public alike
- 2nd December 2020: The Major Incident Committee has approved reopening the Clubhouse in accordance with Government Tier 2 restrictions. The Club’s Takeaway service is now available 7 days a week.
- 26th December 2020: The Major Incident Committee closed the Clubhouse in accordance with Government instructions, as West Sussex has moved into Tier 4. However a Takeaway service is now available for members and the public alike 7 days a week.
- 6th January 2021: The Government has announced a third lockdown in England. The Club will remain closed, however a Takeaway service is now available for members and the public alike 7 days a week. The Conservancy are recommending members do not sail at present as it has the potential to place additional strain on emergency services.
Under the Lockdown restrictions, this means:
- The access road to the Club remains open;
- The Club’s Dinghy Park is open to members;
- The Club’s Garden and Foreshore are closed to members;
- Access to the Harbour is not allowed for all water-based activities;
- Local marinas are open, but members are asked to be aware of other users and residents;
- Takeaway meals service is available, but no alcohol sales;
- The Club’s Changing Rooms, Sloop Toilets and showers are closed;
- Members cannot stay on their boat overnight.
The following restrictions are still in operation:
- Social Distancing should be maintain at all times (a minimum of 2m);
- If 2m cannot be maintained then 1m + is acceptable with additional personal protection.
The Major Incident Committee is now monitoring the local infection rates and also operating within Government Lockdown and any other local restrictions.
Sailing From Chichester Yacht Club
The primary objective of the latest Government restrictions is to encourage people to remain at home as much as possible, with only limited reasons to leave. Also any travel should be limited to local journeys.
The Club’s Major Incident Committee has agreed that in order to comply with these national Government restrictions and our local Harbour Conservancy advice, members are advised not to sail from the Club. At this time of the year, the water and the air are very cold and if you were to get into difficulties then it would place extra strain on an already over-stretched emergency service.
The Club’s Dinghy Park will remain open to local members who may wish to attend their boats. If you live further from the Club then you can contact the Club’s Office, which is open Monday to Fridays every week, and they can address your concerns.
The Major Incident Committee will continue to monitor the guidance, both national and local, and will update this instruction accordingly.
- do not visit the Club if you, or any member of your family, are exhibiting any of the symptoms of Covid-19
- do not visit the Club if you are self-isolating, or living with someone self-isolating
- when you are at the Club, stay alert and maintain your social distance
Please keep safe and healthy
All The Commodore’s Announcements can be read here.
Club Covid-19 Risk Assessments and Guidance Documents
The Club’s Covid-19 Pathway Plan defines a phased plan for opening up the Club in a number of levels of Club facilities available to members. Before moving to any Covid-19 Level, Covid-19 Risk Assessments and Guidance to staff or members must be produced. The Major Incident Committee will review and approve these documents before agreeing to move to the next level.
The following Risk Assessments have been produced so far:
- Opening the Dinghy Park, here
- Dinghy Section Cruising, here
- Use of Safety Boat for dinghy events, here
- Takeaway service – Members of Staff, here
- Takeaway service – Operations, here
- Use of the Sloop toilets here
- Reopening the Club from July 4th here
- Updated on 2/10/20: Use of Club Changing Rooms, Toilets and Showers here
The following guidelines are available currently to our members:
- Using the Dinghy Park and accessing the Harbour from the Club’s foreshore here
- Yacht and Motor members cruising as individuals here
- Dinghy members cruising in company here
- Safety Boat operators here
- Return to Club Racing and guidance to Race Officers here
- New: Return to the Clubhouse – quick guide to the “New Normal”here
- New as of 02/10/20 : Use of Club Changing Rooms here
As more of our facilities become available, the Club will be producing guidance and new procedures for our members and staff alike.
Additional, up to date information can be found at: