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Return to Rowing Guidance - COVID-19 Strategic Framework V6 - Updated 19 July 2021


Level 0 Guidance  

  1. This guidance applies to Scotland only. Rowers travelling to competitions outwith Scotland should consult the relevant guidance for that place.
  2. All indoor and outdoor rowing activity is permitted and there is no requirement to physically distance during the activity. Scottish Government local protection level guidance for Level 0 applies before and after activity.
  3. Organised Activities: should continue to meet the following criteria:
    1. be undertaken in a structured and managed way;
    2. follow Scottish Rowing guidance and any other relevant guidance;
    3. be overseen by an appointed COVID Officer; and
    4. a documented risk assessment is undertaken and mitigating actions put in place to ensure the health, safety and welfare of participants, coaches and officials.
  4. No one who is symptomatic or self-isolating should attend a sports facility or activity.
  5. Outdoors: all organised rowing activity is permitted with a bubble size of 500. Informal activity is subject to government local protection level guidance for Level 0.
  6. Indoors: physical distancing is reduced from 2m to 1m. The number of participants allowed to take part in organised indoor activity should be determined by venue specific risk assessments conducted using the Scottish Government guidance on the opening of sport and leisure facilities.
  7. All participants should follow government guidelines for Level 0 in relation to travel including car sharing.
  8. Participants should wear face coverings where required by Scottish Government Level 0 guidance.
  9. All participants should practice good hand and respiratory hygiene and surface cleaning of equipment and touchpoints and make provision to support this.
  10. Coaches should consider the needs of participants returning after recovering from COVID-19. Participants should be able to confidentially disclose this so the coach can make suitable adjustments and allowances to the planned activity for the individual and check that input from a medical professional has been sought where appropriate.
  11. Access to, and use, of changing rooms and showering facilities is permitted if appropriate risk assessment and hygiene measures have been put in place. However, the safety of participants is the priority and facility operators should consider whether use of the areas is necessary.
  12. Where changing rooms and showering facilities are to be used specific guidance relating to use of ‘Changing and Showers’ is available at Getting Your Facilities Fit for Sport.
  13. Clubs should continue to follow the Scottish Government Test and Protect requirements by collecting the name, contact number, date of visit, time of arrival, and the departure time of all those attending. Store information for 21 days and share it when requested to do so by public health officers.
  14. Protecting all of us, takes all of us.  As restrictions are eased, it is vital that we don’t give in. We should continue to:
    • maintain and promote good ventilation
    • wear face coverings in certain settings
    • physically distance in certain settings 
    • use good hand and respiratory hygiene and surface cleaning
    • stay at home and book a test if you develop coronavirus symptoms  
    • work from home where possible and appropriate.


Click here for a pdf copy of the full Scottish Rowing Return to Rowing Guidance Version 6 which was updated on the 19th of July 2021

Click here for a pdf copy of the full Scottish Rowing Competition Guidancewhich was updated on the 19th of July 2021