A note from the Chairman- COVID-19 Update.

While social gatherings of more than six people will be banned in England from 14 September, the government has confirmed that organised sports and activities that have been through ‘return to play’ protocols can continue.

This means that our Club matches WILL BE GOING AHEAD, but they might feel a little different.
We ask that all members familiarise themselves with the latest guidance which can be found here:…/guidance-for-the-public-on-the-phased-…

We have used this guidance to form a plan for Monday’s match which can be refined as the season progresses and restrictions are lifted/tightened.

The mains points to note are:

- If you, or a member of your family shows symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, YOU MUST NOT ATTEND CLUB MATCHES and should stay at home and isolate
- When fishing it is unlikely that groups of 6 or more will be in close contact, but please bear the restrictions in mind when car-sharing/travelling to marks. With no more than 2 households sharing vehicles
- If possible, do not share or handle each other’s equipment. If unavoidable, please clean/sanitise the equipment after handling
- At the weigh-in, we request that members adhere to social distancing measures, keeping 2m apart and 1m with extra precautions (mask/visor/outdoors)
- We ask that you handle your own fish, putting them on and off the scales yourself to avoid cross-contamination
- Hand sanitizer, gloves and masks will be provided for anyone who would like them
- Following the weigh-in, please adhere to the social distancing/ new gathering guidelines when inside the General Havelock who will be required by law to take contact details

We have produced a live risk register to help manage the ever-changing circumstances we find ourselves in. This is available to view for any members at any time via the website, but is likely to change throughout the months as restrictions are lifted/tightened and we get used to our new way of managing competitions and matches.

We are very much looking forward to getting our 2020/21 season off to a flying start and ask that everyone respect the new measures we have put into place in order that we can all enjoy the fishing ahead.

All the best,

Steve Surtees

Some more detailed explanations of our measures….

Maintain social distancing.
Even though the lockdown has been partly relaxed, it is still essential people maintain social distancing while playing sport or taking part in physical activity.

This means they should, where possible, stay at least two metres from another person who is not part of their household while exercising. Where it's not possible, they must stay at least one metre apart with appropriate mitigations put in place. Mitigations can include things like being outside and wearing face coverings.

It is essential people stay at home if they feel unwell to prevent the spread of the virus.

Ensure clean hands and avoid touching your face.
Hand washing for at least 20 seconds, and showering at home before and after physical activity, is crucial for good hygiene – please encourage all those taking part to do so.

Cover coughs and sneezes.
People should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or bent elbow when coughing or sneezing.

They should immediately dispose of used tissues in a bin and wash their hands for 20 seconds or clean them with hand sanitiser.

Ensure clean surfaces and equipment.
You must make sure that any equipment provided as part of your activity is cleaned frequently with the appropriate products, such as disinfectant wipes.

Shared equipment provided by the venue or organisation must be washed thoroughly after each use.

We will be washing the weighing scales thoroughly before and after use and if necessary, during the weigh-in.

You should encourage people to remove any loose material (e.g. sand, turf, rubber-crumb, clay) from shoes, clothes, and equipment after taking part in physical activity outdoors before entering any building.

If possible, please change out of waders before entering the General Havelock.

Avoid sharing equipment.
People should not touch other people’s personal items such as towels, water bottles, or mobile phones, and this includes personal equipment such as rods, fishing boxes etc.

If they've used a piece of shared equipment, then you should make sure the equipment is cleaned with disinfectant immediately after use.

Clean and cover any wounds.
This includes small wounds such as hook injuries and fish bites.
A first aid kit with fresh plasters and antibacterial wipes will be available at the weigh-in.