Rowing ACT COVID-19 update 22 March 2020

Dear ACT Rowing Community,

Just over a week ago we were preparing for the biggest weekend’s racing in the ACT since the 2013 Masters Championships. Today the ACT Government announced that all non-essential businesses will be closed down; while full details have not come out as yet, we anticipate that this will include sporting clubs and organisations.

To prepare for this upcoming closure, Rowing ACT recommends that clubs get ready for what could be an extended closure by:

•             cleaning boat sheds;

•             emptying rubbish bins;

•             removing consumables;

•             asking people to take any personal possessions they may want access to;

•             ensuring that sheds have sufficient security precautions.

Any working group to help with this should be a small one to maintain sufficient social distancing and that members are not from or connected to vulnerable parts of the community.

Rowing ACT recommends that individuals with private boats do not row, as we have no capacity to provide support to rowers who go on the water from the time of the ACT Government closure. Anyone that chooses to row during this shutdown does so at their own risk.

In line with Rowing Australia’s recommendations issued last week, Rowing ACT recommends that anyone rowing up until the commencement of the ACT Government closure should do so in the smallest boat possible, to reduce the risk of exposure and potential spread of the disease.

Given this announcement the Winter Time Trial series is considered suspended until further notice.

Rowing ACT will continue to work with Rowing Australia to develop at-home training and strength & conditioning courses to keep people active during this time. We will also work with RA on potential online indoor rowing competitions and other online rowing resources that might be available for you all.

Both the Federal and ACT Governments have announced a range of measures that look to support businesses during this extremely difficult time. Information on the Federal Government’s support measures can be found at https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/businesses, while the ACT Government’s measures can be found at https://apps.treasury.act.gov.au/budget/covid-19-economic-survival-package/local-business-and-industry. Any sport-specific measures will be passed on by Rowing ACT once we have them to hand.

These are completely unprecedented times for us all. We hope that everyone stays safe throughout this pandemic and like everyone, look forward to the time when we return to a level of normalcy again.