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WCC COVID reopening

Effective April 6, 2021
As we enter the spring 2021 paddling season, we are issuing this update to Club (and team boat) COVID-19 safety policies which follow federal and local guidelines. Per  D.C. Mayor’s Order 2021-038, issued March 17, 2021. WCC leadership will continue to monitor club usage and adjust on a monthly basis. Our goal is to start conservatively and work toward a more “normal” social functioning as vaccinations progress and if case numbers continue to fall.
Thank you to all WCC members for your patience and cooperation with the restrictions in place thus far. They enabled us to keep WCC open throughout 2020. The ONLY boathouse to do so.  With your cooperation, we found the right balance between safety and our use and enjoyment of the club. We know you will continue to be responsible.

Club Reopening Rules

Continue social distancing:  Keep at least 6 feet between you and anyone you do not live with.

Face masks:  Strongly encouraged at the club when not eating or drinking. Let’s continue to protect each other.

Be aware of peak use times: Non-competitors be aware that the peak group training times at the club are Monday and Wednesday evenings 5-8pm, and weekend mornings 8am-noon. If you can avoid those days/times and can conveniently paddle other days or times, please do; it will help lower the overall numbers at any one time.

Guest limit:  No more than two guests per member. The goal is to keep the overall numbers down to make social distancing possible.

Congregate in groups of ten or less:  Whether at a table or in just in chairs, please limit groups to no more than ten people, and wear masks.

No parties:  Party requests will NOT be approved until further notice (no birthdays, graduations, multi-family, -member parties, etc.).

Use of the picnic tables is permitted:  Staying six feet away from others at a table is impossible so table use by non-cohabiting members is discouraged but permitted (it is permitted for outdoor dining in D.C. so we won’t disallow it). Wear masks when not eating/drinking.

Use of the grills is permitted:  We will space them out.

Weight room:  Still closed. Sorry.

Stay away if sick…with anything!  This should be obvious.

Members or guests who have tested positive for COVID-19: If you have been at the club when you may have been or know you were infected, please let someone on the Board know so we can engage in contact tracing to let others know if they may have been exposed. We will protect your privacy as best as possible.

Team Boat Protocol

On Tuesday, April 6th, the club’s board approved the use of six-person team boats, in line with the  protocol that was proposed by the outrigger steering committee and agreed to by the members of the men’s and women’s outrigger teams. (The protocol also applies to non-outrigger team boats larger than 2-person).

The protocol is in line with current WCC, DC, and Federal guidelines, as well as those used by local rowing teams and US Rowing.

Team Boat Protocol:

  1. Get in, train, get out approach;
  2. Don’t come to practice if you are not feeling well;
  3. No shared equipment other than the OC-6s;
  4. Coach maintains a list of people who are fully vaccinated (2 weeks after completing vaccination sequence);
  5. Masks on when on dock or land unless fully vaccinated (use in the boat at individual discretion);
  6. Maintain physical separation as much as possible while on dock and land;
  7. Unvaccinated people paddle in pods (no more than 9 per pod);
  8. Fully vaccinated paddlers may move between pods at coach’s discretion;
  9. No more than 2 crews loading or unloading at one time;
  10. Boats launched / pulled up by pod (with aid of vaccinated paddlers as necessary);
  11. Team members testing positive for COVID will notify their respective coach and the WCC Board;
  12. In such a situation, the coach will inform the pod members, and any potentially exposed vaccinated paddlers;
  13. Team members testing positive for COVID or with known exposure to someone infected with COVID will follow WCC guidelines on returning to club activities.

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