Outline for how rowing will return

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British Rowing has outlined how rowing will return. - Credit: British Rowing

British Rowing has welcomed the roadmap to opening the country back up from the current lockdown.

They fully endorse the assessment that sport and physical activity has a critical role to play in reducing the adverse effects of the pandemic on the population’s physical and mental health.

The document published by the Government provides a good outline for how sport will return.

There are some further clarifications that are required to help clubs start to make plans.

British Rowing have set out how they think the different Government steps will align with their framework.

It’s important to note that the guidance provided by British Rowing below is subject to change as more clarity on the Government’s restrictions becomes available. 

Step 1a (March 8) 

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Club facilities - rowing Level 5 - all club facilities closed 

Hospitality facilities - rowing Level 4 - Covid-secure takeaway only 

On-water activity - rowing Level 4 - single household crews for personal exercise only 

Indoor training - rowing Level 5 - no indoor club activity 

Competition - rowing Level 5 - no competition 

Step 1a will not significantly change much for rowing except for school rowing. At this stage British Rowing expect this to allow schools to restart rowing from school facilities only. Existing exemptions allowing for adaptive rowing continue to apply. 

Step 1b (March 29) 

Club facilities - rowing Level 4 - minimum facilities to allow Covid-secure boating 

Hospitality facilities - rowing Level 4 - Covid-secure takeaway only 

On-water activity - rowing Level 2 - all crew boats allowed subject to Covid-secure protocols 

Indoor training - rowing Level 5 - no indoor club activity 

Competition - rowing Level 4 - Covid-secure intraclub competition (TBC)

At Step 1b, outdoor organised sport will be allowed to return and will not be subject to limits on gathering sizes. This means that crew boat rowing of all sizes will be possible in all rowing clubs with mixed households (subject to the appropriate Covid-secure protocols). Indoor training will not be possible.

British Rowing are clarifying rules relating to competition but we anticipate intra-club competition to be allowed at this stage. 

Mixing of different households indoors is not permitted and as such opening of club facilities should be limited to the minimum required to allow crews to get on the water. 

Step 2 no earlier than April 12 

Club facilities - rowing Level 3 - all Covid-secure facilities open with specific limitations 

Hospitality facilities - rowing Level 4 - Covid-secure catering and bar facilities open with specific limitations 

On-water activity - rowing Level 2 - all crew boats allowed subject to Covid-secure protocols 

Indoor training - rowing Level 4 - personal or household exercise only 

Competition - to be confirmed. 

As we move into Step 2, households will still be prevented from mixing indoors and so indoor training facilities may be used for individual (or single household) exercise. Once more information is available, British Rowing will clarify how this will work.

Hospitality facilities at clubs may reopen for outdoor hospitality only subject to the rules on group sizes. 

Competition may be possible at this stage, however, British Rowing are looking to clarify what restrictions there may be on travel and how they might affect this.

British Rowing hope this will allow for affiliated competitions to run with limitations on how far clubs and volunteers can travel for the event. 

Step 3 no earlier than May 17 

Club facilities - rowing Level 3 - all Covid-secure facilities open with specific limitations 

Hospitality facilities - rowing Level 4 - Covid-secure catering and bar facilities open with specific limitations 

On-water activity - rowing Level 2 - all crew boats allowed subject to Covid-secure protocols 

Indoor training - rowing Level 2 - indoor training allowed subject to Covid-secure protocols 

Competition - rowing Level 2 - Covid-secure private matches and affiliated competitions (TBC) 

When Step 3 is confirmed, British Rowing expect that organised Covid-secure indoor training and group exercise training will become possible. Indoor hospitality will be permitted subject to the rule of six.

With domestic stays allowed, it would be expected affiliated competitions will be allowed at this stage. 

Step 4 no earlier than June 21

Club facilities - rowing Level 2 - all Covid-secure facilities open 

Hospitality facilities - rowing Level 2 - Covid-secure catering and bar facilities open 

On-water activity - rowing Level 2 - all crew boats allowed subject to Covid-secure protocols 

Indoor training - rowing Level 2 - indoor training allowed subject to Covid-secure protocols 

Competition - rowing Level 2 - Covid-secure private matches and affiliated competitions (TBC) 

At Step 4, British Rowing expect that the rowing community will be fully operational following Covid-secure protocols. 

They are aiming to clarify the remaining questions and some of the detail of particular steps as soon as possible.