During the period of closure, we have been giving the Club a bit of a makeover and tidy-up, and the painting of the outside will be complete by the time of re-opening.
The big issue, of course, is when we re-open. We have developed the risk assessments and action plans as required by legislation, and these continue to evolve. Exact details of re-opening are out of our control, but we are working on the media assumption that we will be allowed to start on Saturday 4 July. If this is the case, we intend to open on both days over that weekend. Obviously, there will be restrictions on numbers, and entry will be limited to members only, and on a first-come basis. We are devising processes to ensure social distancing is observed, and entry and exit will be by different doors. There will also be no Club access from the beach; and there will be revised arrangements for ordering, paying for and collecting drinks. There will be hand sanitising solutions around the club, and notices placed relating to hygiene protocols.
We can’t say at this stage how many people will be allowed in at any one time, as we do not know what social distancing and other restrictions will be in place at the time. We have separate plans for 2-metre and 1-metre distancing (as there are indications that the government may relax requirements in this area); although it is the number of household groups (seated at tables) which is more significant than the number of individuals.
Clearly these are early days, and we will have to see how well arrangements work, as well as responding to further changes in government policy. At the time of re-opening, there will be no food served, and nor will the pool table or lotto machine be available. There will initially be a reduced range of drinks and we will need to restrict staff costs as much as we can. Accordingly, there may be some use of volunteer labour. When we are able to re-introduce regular activities (such as the quiz and bingo nights) we will also be looking to use volunteers behind the bar, so please be patient. If you have bar experience and would be prepared to help out in this way, please let us know.
The success of the initial weekend of opening will determine how we move forward, but we will continue to pass on details of opening times and restrictions as things evolve.
Proof of membership will be required when we re-open, so please ensure that you have renewed for the current year. If you have not done so, direct payment may be made into the Club bank account (£18 single membership; £32 joint):
Sort Code: 60-10-15;
Account no: 87689472;
Account name: The New Beach Club
Membership forms can also be downloaded from the website.
Please address any questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org