As many of you are aware the ORC has recently put some docks on the water as requested by the City of Ottawa so that they can gain access to the septic tanks for replacement. A small step forward to the opening of the ORC.
As the Province of Ontario is slowly opening venues as part of Phase 1, RCA and RowOntario have also given the ORC certain guidelines to adhere to in preparation of opening. Each rowing club across Canada is unique depending on the number of Covid-19 cases in the rowing clubs region so rowing clubs across Canada cannot be compared. The ORC will not be able to open its doors to all members as it is restricted by social distancing rules, however, some rowing will soon be allowed at the club.
At this time, the ORC is aiming to give access to private single boat owners, and athletes capable of rowing club singles as well as pair/doubles for individuals who are living in the same household. Our Head Coach, and the program coaches are working together to come up with a schedule for program athletes to gain access to club singles. Rowers will need to understand that they may not be given access to boats daily. Staggered start times, social distancing rules (max 5 people on ORC property at a time) and the use of face masks will be expected. Athletes will need to expect longer launching and docking times. Strict cleaning rules will need to be followed by all members, even private boat owners.
As an athlete, whether you are a private boat owner or using club singles you are required to educate yourself with the new ORC Covid-19 policies when they are released in the coming days. This policy is being put into place for the safety of all members. The ORC requires you to have your own face mask on land and suggests that you have your own gloves and cleaning products (buckets, sponges) to eliminate cross contaminations.
The ORC is excited that it will be able to open for rowing soon, albeit on a limited basis and with restrictions. Details about registration and the Covid-19 policy protocol required to row safety at the ORC will be communicated as soon as possible.
Yours in Rowing,