Carmarthenshire Land Sailing Club COVID-19 Compliance Policy & Risk Assessment
Version 1 – 13th June, 2020
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The Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has caused a global lockdown resulting in restrictions in movement from our homes, temporary closure of the area’s we used for our sport and social distance measures that has prevented large gatherings and how we interact with each other.
As we navigate the reopening of land sailing it is clear that for now, we cannot go back to how it was and must follow government guide lines at all times.
In this document we are specifically addressing the risk associated with the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) within our own social group and into the public domain.
COVID-19 is spread in minute water droplets that are expelled from the body through sneezing, coughing, talking and breathing. The virus can also be transferred to the hands and from there, to other surfaces, where it can survive for a period after transfer. The virus can be spread from person to person.
The symptoms and diagnosis of Coronavirus (COVID-19) have been well publicised over the recent months, so everyone should have clear understanding of the main symptoms i.e. a new continuous cough and high temperature. Although numerous other symptoms have been identified that potentially could be experienced.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) can be asymptomatic (no symptoms), mild or severe/critical, and whilst many people survive the infection, some may die from the virus, so this is a significant hazard that we have to protect against.
Who is at risk?
- Club member and their families
- Kindred club members and their families
- General Public
Those at specific risk
Clinically extremely vulnerable groups (who have received a letter from the Chief Medical Officer) are deemed to be at high risk.
This may include:
- Solid organ transplant recipients.
- People with specific cancers:
- People with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
- People with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
- People with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment.
- People having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
- People having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors.
- People who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs.
- People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
- People with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell).
- People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.
- Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired.
- Other people have also been classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, based on clinical judgement and an assessment of their needs. GPs and hospital clinicians have been provided with guidance to support these decisions.
We would therefore recommend any of the above people continue to shield for as long as they are advised by the government and do not attend our social events to maintain protection for themselves.
How we can prevent/reduce the spread of COVID-19?
We must consider what needs to be done to prevent or generally help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Eliminating the hazard in totality is the best way to prevent the spreading of COVID-19, but this is may not be possible until, for example, a suitable vaccine is developed on a global scale, so that we all are immune to it. Therefore, it is imperative that we consider other approaches and controls to help reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Covid-19 Pandemic Policy
In order to protect the health of all within our own club and into the public domain the information below provides guidance and direct instruction during the Coronavirus outbreak. This policy must be read and adhered to. If you have any concerns regarding the information within this document or issues if attending a meet, please contact a member of the committee.
- In the first instance always following the rules and guidelines of the government, local authorities, landowners or their representatives in the area you wish to land sail. This may also include traveling to and from the venue.
- Always maintain and respect the advised social distance measures of our club members and families.
- If you are approached by another member of the club, one of their friend or family or an interested member of the public that are ignoring any government advise on social distance measures and believe they may be placing yourself at risk politely advise them to step back to an appropriate safe distance.
- Avoid contact with anyone who is displaying symptoms of Coronavirus. The main symptoms include a high temperature or a new and continuous cough.
- If you are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19, in line with latest NHS Guidance, you should stay at home. Do not travel, land sail or attend any of the club meets.
- Wash your hands during the day on a regular basis – with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use a hand sanitiser
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- If you need to cough or sneeze, your mouth and nose should be covered with a tissue. The tissue must be disposed of within an enclosed waste bin and your hands must be thoroughly washed immediately afterwards.
- To prevent unnecessary handling of the locks, handles, pens, books and arm bands you will no longer be required to sign the logbook in the container. However, you must ensure you complete your online daily sailing equipment check list, display you 2020 helmet sticker and carry your 2020 membership card as proof.
- The use of the club’s equipment has been suspended until further notice unless authorised and controlled by a member of the committee, again to prevent unnecessary handling.
- Do not share or touch anybody else’s equipment, if you have to it must be cleaned and disinfected afterwards.
- Coaching and teaching must not be carried out if the social distance measures cannot observed.
Club Organised Camping Events
- All camping must be booked through the CLSC channels.
- An attendance record will be kept of all attendees not just club members.
- If you start displaying any symptoms of Covid-19, in line with latest NHS Guidance, during the camping event you must immediately leave for home and seek a test. Whilst you are not obliged to inform anyone, we would request that you inform a member of the committee who is displaying the symptoms. This could help other individuals to take appropriate action if they need to stop the spread.
- If you are contacted by the “NHS Track & Trace” service and requested to self isolate for 14 days due to a previous contact again you must immediately leave for home even if you do not show any symptoms.
- If camping at Pembrey’s National Parks campsite, ensure you following their Covid-19 guidelines and instructions.
- If camping in the event fields, ensure when you set up you do not encroach on other members area’s.
- Do not entre other members camping facilities, such as tents, camper and caravans. The clubs communal tents are not to be used. The Peter Lynn shelter may be used as it is not enclosed and has an appropriate air flow, however the removal from the container it erection and collapse and cleaning before being stored again must be under the supervision of a committee member.
- The communal BBQ has been suspended until further notice.
- Do not share other members or families implements for cooking, eating and drinking.
- The sharing of food outside the family group is discouraged.
- The provision of toilets on the meets is suspended as the sanitation before and after use cannot be guaranteed. It also attracts members of the public where again the sanitation can not be controlled. We would recommend members to provide their own facilities rather than use public facilities where possible.
- To prevent the handling of cash we ask that all fees are paid to club via bank transfer to the NatWest account number 30082935 sort code 56-00-42.
This policy and risk assessment is not exhaustive and as such we ask you all take a common sense approach and protect your self and others. Please confirm you have read and understood the contents by completing the online form. We will inform all our members as and when this policy changes.
Please stay safe and see you soon
The Committee of the CLSC