ORC News

COVID-19 and the ORC: Update 2

Mar 19, 2020

Members of the Ottawa Rowing Club Community,

The ORC recognizes the importance of monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and we intend to take all necessary precautions to protect those part of the Ottawa Rowing Club Community. The safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, and athletes is out utmost priority. With the ongoing developments surrounding COVID-19 in the Ottawa area, the club is taking additional precautions to protect our staff and support our members and the surrounding community. The precautionary measures being implemented at this time will allow us to continue to provide support and service to all our members.

Please be assured that the club is closely following recommendations made by Ottawa Public Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and The World Health Organization with respect to helping prevent the spread of the virus. As recommendations change, or new directives are issued, we will update and adjust our procedures to suit the ever-changing environment.

At this time, the Ottawa Rowing Club has implemented the following procedures to assist in combatting the spread of COVID-19 while maintaining strong membership support:

  • Program coaches are no longer encouraging group workouts and will continue to provide direction for rowers looking to complete training on their own.
  • Staff members and ORC volunteers will conduct all meetings via teleconference and ZOOM online interface.
  • Visitors to the club will be restricted until further notice.
  • The club will be lending out it’s ergometers to members in good standing on a first-come, first-serve basis at no additional charge.

Despite current operational challenges, our goal through all of this is to develop processes and procedures to continue providing full service to our members and support to the entire Ottawa Rowing Club community, all while doing our part at this critical stage of limiting the spread of the virus and prioritizing the community’s health and safety. We will continue to share updates via https://ottawarowingclub.com and the club’s various social media channels as our strategic plan evolves.

Thank you for your support and patience during this process. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at zak@ottawarowingclub.com

Zak Lewis
Head Coach
Ottawa Rowing Club