Posted on 26th March 2020

Hello Everyone,

I hope you are all keeping safe and well.

Unfortunately, the suspension of our Social Calendar because of the corona virus situation has also had to include council meetings otherwise we would not be keeping to the government recommendations. For this reason I have been in touch with members of council to discuss the measures that we need to take and what we will be doing going forward. The points below represent what we believe to be the best advice and information that we can give to NBCYC members at the moment:

1. The government recommendations are changing and becoming more stringent each day at the moment. Government advice changed significantly whilst council members were considering our response so rather than try to modify our advice regularly, please could NBCYC members use the government rules where their advice is more strict than our guidance. If in any doubt please click on the following link to see the current government advice.

2. Following the Prime Minister's announcement on Monday 23rd March stating that all but key workers should remain at home, NBCYC members should avoid coming to the club until this restriction is lifted.

3. It is probable that even when the current instruction to stay at home is relaxed that we will still be advised to continue the practice of "social distancing" so, whilst this "social distancing" is required, NBCYC members should avoid coming to the club unless it is absolutely necessary or in the event that they are going to move their boats off site.

4. In light of the Prime Minister's statement, the Canal and Rivers Trust (C&RT) have requested that no non-essential travel is undertaken by leisure boaters. This advice will doubtless remain in place whilst the governments "stay at home" instruction is operative. Whilst corona virus restrictions are in place, NBCYC members should check with C&RT what the current position is with respect to cruising and can do so by clicking on the following link

5. For as long as "social distancing" is required, access to the clubhouse and sheds will be restricted to council members and even then, only for essential purposes. For this reason, benches will not be put out nor the fridges in the clubhouse switched on.

6. The signing-in hut and toilet block will be kept open but members should remember to thoroughly wash their hands after they have been in contact with objects or surfaces that may have been touched by club members other than their own boat crew.

7. All social events up to and including the Hog Roast have been cancelled. Council will keep in touch and meet up later in an official meeting once the social distancing advice is relaxed. Until these restrictions are relaxed, we should not be considering any social events. Council will continue to look at the possibility of running events once the "social distancing" rules have been stopped. The type of events that we would run will depend heavily upon the amount of time remaining in the year once the restrictions are lifted.

8. Having given it some thought, the only work that will be carried out at the club until restrictions are relaxed will be essential maintenance work.

I think this covers most things but, if any of you do have any questions that are not covered above or on the government and C&RT websites, I would be very happy to hear them and do my best to answer them.

Many thanks in advance for your help and co-operation in these difficult times.

Best wishes and take care,


Neville Lacey (Commodore NBCYC)