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It has not been an easy decision but now that Essex has a local Covid alert level set at Tier 2 we have to close the bar and the parlour. The restrictions state;
You must not meet socially with friends and family indoors in any setting unless you live with them or have formed a support bubble with them. This includes private homes, and any other indoor venues such as pubs and restaurants.
The group which has carried out the risk assessments for the bar and the clubhouse during Covid discussed again this evening the impact the new restrictions have for our members.
The outcome of the discussions was that regrettably we cannot viably and fairly to members, both behind and in front of the bar, accommodate sufficient numbers safely and legally under this latest set of requirements.
I do have concerns for members on their own as winter approaches and I am very conscious that the club is very much a social outlet so I would ask you to make sure you contact me, and I am sure I speak for other Committee members, should you want to chat.
The restrictions come into place when the bar closes on Friday night BUT I will be behind the bar Friday lunchtime from 12.00-2.30 as an extra session so please do come and please do come Friday night as well as the bar will remain open until 10pm.
We will, as always. closely keep our eye on developments and react accordingly.
Please do keep in touch and take care of yourselves.
Coronavirus – latest changes coming into effect today
The latest announcements from the Government now means that in addition to existing Covid requirements set out at the Club;
FOR ALL MEMBERS OF THE CLUB
Absolutely everyone coming into the clubhouse must now wear a face covering!
Social distancing remains strictly in place.
FOR MEMBERS USING THE BAR
The bar will be the only location for drinking BUT on Sunday lunchtime ONLY the parlour will be available for extra seating, however, once you have sat down in the parlour you must remain seated and we will have someone come to take orders and serve drinks.
NOTE we are trying to do our best to keep the bar open as we know it is a vital social link for a lot of our members BUT we are reliant on;
If you have any concerns, questions, etc please let me know. We all need to pull together to make this work – the alternative is the bar will have to close.
Latest COVID restrictions
You will now be aware of the latest restrictions announced this week which come into force on Monday September 14th. From the Club’s perspective the only impact will be if groups of people (not taking part in an organised sporting event) congregate in either compound for any reason – this must now obviously not exceed 6 people – so please be aware that you may just have to wait to prepare/launch/put away or work on your boats.
All of the Club restrictions still apply and as a reminder regarding the Clubhouse;
The bar is open to MEMBERS ONLY – please ensure you respect social distancing at all times.
The parlour is open to MEMBERS ONLY – no food or drink preparation or use of any utensils etc
The toilets are restricted to one person at a time.
I am also very conscious that we have not been able to reschedule the cancelled AGM, in fact we were discussing it at the Committee meeting on the 7th September. We were considering looking at October, and following the RYA specifications for a ‘hybrid meeting’ (part ZOOM and part acceptable number of people in a room) however, in light of the above changes that idea will have to be shelved. Watch this space!
Mooring Matters – we are sorry (indeed devastated!) to report that Ted Brightly and Tony Jiggins will be hanging up their hats at the end of the season with regard to assisting the Mooring Master, and indeed some members, with their moorings. We will sorely miss them as they have been a tremendous help, indeed, invaluable. If there is anyone out there who could step into their shoes then please contact Russell on 07840611490 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Russell has asked that all mooring holders take heed of the mooring regulations with regard to their moorings especially as winter approaches;
Moorings must comply with the specifications provided by the Moorings Master. The responsibility for the laying of a mooring and its maintenance is solely that of the mooring licence holder.
Jo Pavey is stepping down as Social Secretary, her only excuse is that she is expecting a baby at the beginning of December! Seriously, she has been excellent at organising our events and I would like to thank her very much for all of her support, in return, I will be very happy to babysit!
Lift out and Storage if you haven’t got your application in yet then hurry – deadline is 25th September!
If you have any concerns, questions, etc please let me know.
Stay safe out there and look after yourselves.
11th September 2020
UPDATED 31 JULY 2020
SSC Bar and Clubhouse Open
In line with the Government lifting more restrictions I can advise you that the Clubhouse and the Bar (incorporating the parlour and the East compound) was opened from 5 July 2020. It is now possible to purchase drinks at the following times;
Timing will be strict and the facility will be for MEMBERS ONLY – bring your membership card with you. There is a signing in book for members to use for tracking purposes.
The clubhouse is being cleaned thoroughly after each session.
NOTE – The procedures below must be followed;
Strict social distancing must be observed and the clubhouse has been reconfigured in the bar and parlour to reflect this – numbers are therefore limited.
You must use the seats as they are set out and no standing or rearranging is acceptable.
If you elect to use the East compound you must bring your own garden chairs and trays (to collect your drinks – plastic glasses only) – there are no plans to erect the marquee at the moment.
Those using the parlour and the East compound must access the bar (to purchase drinks only) via the downstairs fire exit and using the fire exit stairs to the bar. (Yes, we know you have to pass through the men’s loos but we have blocked off the urinals!). Only one person on the fire escape stairs/waiting for their order at any time.
If the weather is bad then the main stairs can be used BUT only to the bar door where the order can be placed. ONLY one person can wait at the bar door.
Cashless payments preferred but if you only have cash bring plenty of change so that you can pay the exact amount for your purchases.
Toilet use is restricted to one person at a time.
Other than the above times the parlour and toilets will now be available to members.
There will be no tea/coffee making facilities so bring your own and take it away with you to wash up in your own home.
Seating layout and toilet restrictions must follow the same as set out above.
It is over to you now – we are so lucky that we have people stepping up to man the bar so please ensure you follow the procedures and I am sure it will work well and safely. As always this will be continuously reviewed as time goes on.
Commodore’s Note 31 July 2020
NEW OPENING TIMES FOR THE BAR
I am very pleased to say that since opening the bar in the Club early in July it has been going well and members have been very responsible and sensible, so thank you for that.
We are very lucky that we do have volunteers who are still willing to be behind the bar.
The bar will now (from 1st August) be open on a Saturday lunchtime instead of a Saturday evening.
The lunchtime sessions will now be from 12.00 until 2.30 and the evenings remain at 6.00-9.00
Therefore, the opening times for the bar will now be;
Timing is strict and the facility is for MEMBERS ONLY – bring your membership card with you. There is a signing in book for members to use for tracking purposes.
OTHER CLUB BUSINESS
It is with a great deal of disappointment that I must advise you that Brian Rogers has stepped down as Moorings Master. We have been very lucky to have him on the team and his hard work and diligence was very much appreciated.
Russell Harvey has stepped forward and will assume the role of Moorings Master for the time being. It is a vital role for the Club so support him in this role.
I am also very saddened to report that Peter Winder is stepping down as the Webmaster for the Club after 8 years of hard work and dedication. I think everyone will agree that the website has served us very well as a window to the world as well as to our members and it is down to Peter that this is the case.
He has been brilliant to me, as Commodore, and has put up with my continual emails and requests without complaint or fuss – it won’t be the same without him. In the interim Caroline Cunningham has kindly agreed to step into the role.
31 July 2020
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