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: 16/5/21
Current Club Covid-19 Status: Level 5
From 17th May, the Clubhouse is now fully open to members and their guests. Hosted table service is available in all our restaurants for either groups up to six or two family household bubbles. In addition, members can now meet in the garden in groups up to 30.
Our popular Garden and Takeaway service continues.
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.
- 8th March 2021: The ‘Stay at Home’ restriction will continue but it has been amended so that members can leave home for recreation as well as exercise outdoors – with their own household , support or childcare bubble, or with one person from another household. Members are strongly advised to consider what is ‘essential’ within the scope of these guidelines. Local boating and other water sports activities are permitted in the Harbour, but only if conducted in accordance with the above rules.
- 29th March 2021: Members can meet up in the Club’s Garden in either groups of 6 or two family groups. Takeaway meals cannot be consumed in the Garden. Members can now travel for sport and exercise. Club organised events can re-start, so too Club training. Club toilets will be open during organised Club events, but changing rooms and showers remain closed.
- 12th April 2021: Bar and catering services are now available to Members, and guests, meeting in the Club’s Garden in either groups of 6 or two family groups. Tables can also be booked in the Wheelhouse. The toilets in the Sloop will be open, but the changing rooms and showers remain closed. Members can also now stay on boats overnight. Restricted Travel instructions are still in force.
- 17th May 2021: the Clubhouse is now fully open for serving drinks and food indoors. Members can now meet up in either groups of 6 or two family groups inside or in groups of up to 30 in the garden. Booking of tables in the Clubhouse is advisable. The changing rooms and cubicle showers are now open, subject to social distancing. The Garden and Takeaway services are still available.
Under the current lockdown restrictions, this means:
- The access road to the Club remains open;
- The Club’s Dinghy Park is open to members;
- The Club’s Slipways are now open to members;
- The Club’s Garden and Foreshore are open to members;
- Members can meet in groups up to 6 or two family groups;
- Access to the Harbour is allowed for all water-based activities;
- Organised Dinghy Racing and Cruising can restart;
- Club training can re-start with ratio of one tutor to 6 students;
- Local marinas are open, but members are asked to be aware of other users and residents;
- Takeaway meals service is available, including alcohol sales;
- Bar and catering services are available in the Garden;
- The Clubhouse is open for members and guests, booking in advance is advisable;
- Sloop and Club toilets are open all day;
- The Club’s Changing Rooms and cubicle showers are open;
- Members can stay on their boats overnight;
- Club’s popular Cruising-In-Company events can restart;
- Business events can now start booking.
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.
- 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 17/05/21 : Use of Club Changing Rooms here
- Updated Member’s Guidance Summary to the “new normal” can be found 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: