Responding to the Coronavirus Crisis - Suspension of Clubhouse Facilities

Mar 20, 2020

In light of the latest Government advice, and in view of the developing situation regarding COVID-19, we feel obliged to take action to protect Members and Staff. Coronavirus has had a devastating effect globally over the past few weeks. Whilst our thoughts are undoubtedly with those people whose health has and will be adversely affected, we are concerned to protect Members and our staff.

Following the Government's advice to avoid pubs, clubs and theatres, we will be temporarily suspending the Royal Southern's Clubhouse facilities including bars, restaurant and catering and bedrooms from Saturday 21st March 2020. 

This decision has been taken in anticipation of the fast growth stage of Coronavirus and as part of the national effort to protect everyone. We have already seen a significant curtailment of club activities and bookings. 

We are keeping the situation under very close review but expect to keep services suspended for the next 30 days. Members will be informed when things improve.

We are also reviewing our sailing and racing events and further events will be made soon. The Prince Philip Yacht Haven, launch service and offices will remain open for the time being.

The need for social distancing necessitates the postponement of large gatherings including Mother's Day Lunch, Fitting Out Supper and the Club Open day. We apologies for any inconvenience caused. 

All committee meetings are cancelled and the necessary meeting will be held remotely by teleconference. 

A skeleton staff will continue to run the Clubhouse on-site and remotely alongside our own security. They will be looking to government and insurers to provide whatever financial support is available to us.

We would like to thank all members of staff, as well as Members, for their loyalty and efforts for their ongoing support in this time of crisis. Thanks to our Trustees for their advice and encouragement at this time. 

We will keep you informed via the website and newsletters.

Mark Inkster 

Chairman of Executive Committee

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