Updated: 20 March 2020

The wellbeing, health and safety of all our particpants, staff, coaches, umpires and volunteers is a priority for Scottish Rowing.  In light of recent developments surrounding COVID-19 we are monitoring the situation to ensure that we are responding quickly and effectively, and in line with the latest Government guidelines and recommendations. This is a unique and evolving situation for the UK.

Further to our statement on Monday 16 March, the Scottish Rowing Centre (“SRC”) is closed to all users.  We have also been informed that although Strathclyde Country Park remains open, the Water Sports Centre and Strathclyde Loch are also closed.

The Scottish Rowing office in the SRC is closed but our staff are now working remotely and can be contacted by email.  Contact details can be found HERE.  As our small team is spread around Scotland, we are well accustomed and well equipped for this way of working and are looking at ways we can support our members in the coming weeks.  We will continue to review and monitor government advice, and provide updates on the impact to our sport.

Where possible we would encourage our staff, participants, volunteers and coaches to keep active, while following all government guidelines on safe distance and safe exercise environments.  The NHS advice on hand washing and taking steps to avoid coming into contact with the virus remain key.

What is social distancing?

Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

They are:

  • Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) - these symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
  • Avoid non-essential use of public transport - when possible, alter your travel times to avoid rush hour
  • Work from home, where possible - your employer should support you to do this
  • Avoid large gatherings
  • Avoid gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars and clubs
  • Avoid gatherings with friends and family - keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
  • Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services

Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as far as they can.

Click here for the most recent NHS advice on social distancing

Hygiene Measures

Key to efforts to contain COVID-19 is good hygiene practice and we advise everyone to follow the guidance from NHS Scotland:

  • avoid direct hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth
  • maintain good hand hygiene - wash hands with soap and water or alcohol hand sanitiser before eating and drinking, and after coughing, sneezing and going to the toilet
  • avoid direct contact with people that have a respiratory illness and avoiding using their personal items such as their mobile phone
  • cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with disposable tissues and disposing of them in the nearest waste bin after use

Further health advice, including what you should do in the event of developing symptoms and self-isolation, is available on the NHS Inform Scotland website.

As always, should you feel unwell, you should not row or train and should seek appropriate medical advice.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) now advises British people against all non-essential travel worldwide

Please continue to make use of the following online resources for up to date information about Coronavirus:

NHS Inform Scotland website

UK Government Coronavirus guidance website

Advice for non-healthcare settings


We will update this page as new guidance is released.