What the steps mean for our sport

We recently welcomed the confirmation that outdoor sport and recreation will be the first activity after education to be released from lockdown in England. This prioritisation by the Government clearly acknowledges the many positive mental and physical benefits of outdoor sport, as well as its safety and low rates of transmission.

Whilst we are all disappointed not to be able to make a full return to our normal boating activity sooner, we will work with our members and stakeholders to support a safe restart to boating activity as soon as the roadmap allows.

Government’s roadmap out of the current lockdown in England – COVID-19 RESPONSE − SPRING 2021 (publishing.service.gov.uk)

To help outline what the roadmap means for our sport we have developed our own roadmap for the return of recreational boating in England, setting out our current understanding of what each step means for our sport.

RYA Covid-19 roadmap for return to boating activity in England

Our FAQs based on what we believe the guidance means for our clubs and centres in England will be updated as we move step by step through the Government’s plan to ease restrictions in England.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport has confirmed that the Cabinet Office is likely to release three pieces of specific guidance for sport around 22 March, at which time we will review the regulations and guidance in order to update our advice to members, clubs and centres.

The Devolved Administrations are also setting out how lockdown will be eased around the UK and RYA Scotland, RYA Cymru Wales and RYA Northern Ireland remain engaged with officials on the safe return to water in each devolved nation.

Our primary concern remains the health of our members, affiliated clubs and classes, recognised training centres (RTCs), instructors, staff and volunteers.

For more information visit our Covid-19 hub.