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Nanaimo Rowing Club has developed a COVID-19 Health and Safety Plan with guidance from Rowing BC, Rowing Canada, Worksafe BC and the province of BC's Sport Sector Reopening guidelines.


This COVID-19 Plan has been developed to reduce the risk of exposure and transmission of COVID-19. The number one concern is the safety of our staff and participants.

The plan is an evolving document and as it is updated a new version number will be applied and the record of changes will be updated.

In order to resume rowing members are required to do the following:


As of May 25, 2021, restrictions have been loosened - please read Appendix D of the Safety Plan for new guidelines

On December 3, 2020 a new public health order (PHO) went into effect immediately and Rowing BC provided the following impacts on rowing:


ADULT (19 and over) TEAM SPORTS 
All indoor and outdoor adult team sports are suspended. Rowing in a single is the only permitted boat at this time. It is important to ensure that scheduled arrival and departure, launching and landing ensures there will be no gathering of individuals anywhere on site (dock, boathouse, change room, parking lot etc.). 


All sport for children or youth must follow viaSport's Phase 2 Return to Sport guidance. This requires a return to singles and household doubles/pairs only. A youth rowing program could continue to offer outdoor dryland training. Continued adherence to physical distancing and cleaning protocols as outlined in each organization's Return to Rowing Plan is required. It is important to note that in sport for children and youth, the latest PHO increased the physical distancing requirement from 2 meters to 3 meters. All associated markers, barricades etc. that have been created to assist with the flow of participants must be updated accordingly. This will require an update to each organization's posted Return to Rowing Plans to reflect the change to 3 meters.


Earlier in the day, prior to the PHO announcement, NRC announced that training groups and bubble doubles would no longer be permitted and that rowing in singles would be the only permitted activity (appendix C is not valid at this time). Masks are mandatory everywhere except in the rowing shells. Physical distancing of 3m must now be maintained and all mentions of 2m have been updated to 3m in the document.

As of December 3, 2020 - Training Groups are no longer allowed

As of August 24, 2020, the province of BC entered Phase 3 (Progressively Loosen) of the Return to Sport. This allows the introduction of Training Groups - for NRC the size of training groups has been set at four rowers. All rowers must be aware of the inherent risks of rowing with other individuals and must read the NRC Implementation of Training Groups document and attend a briefing with the head coach.

NRC Implementation of Training Groups

Other Useful Information

Sport and COVID-19

Rowing Canada COVID-19 Updates

Rowing BC Return to Sport

viaSport Return to Sport 

Rowing Canada - frequency of cleaning

Rowing Canada - cleaning & disinfecting

COVID-19 Information

BC COVID-19 Self Assessment Test

Government of Canada - Health - COVID-19

BC Centre for Disease Control

BC Office of Provincial Health Officer

World Health Organization (WHO) Coronovirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic

Information for Employers/Workers


WorkSafe BC - Preventing Exposure to COVID-19 in the Workplace. A guide for employers.

Worksafe BC - COVID-19 Information and Resources

Worksafe BC - COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

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