Stafford & Stone Canoe Club are taking every precaution to stop the spread of Coronavirus (Covid 19) amongst our members, members family and the wider population of Stone. We are taking this current situation very seriously and are fully complying with current Government, British Canoeing and Sport England advise.

The club is currently closed. All club activity has been stoped since the January lockdown came into effect.

Those able to exercise localy at Stone must do so in line with current guidelines. If you find another individual on the water we would ask you to stick to a zone. Zone 1 is from the bridge to middle steps, Zone 2 steps to the bend and Zone 3 is the bend down. This will allow everyone to train exercise safely and allow each other space.

British Canoeing has provided the following updated guidance issued by the government and is currently seeking further clarification from key national partners to confirm what the new guidance fully means for paddlesport activities.

The guidance states that:

  • Outdoor exercise is still permitted, but should be limited to once per day
  • You should not travel outside your local area – unless to travel a short distance to find an open space to exercise
  • Organised and structured outdoor sporting activity must not take place
  • All outdoor sports clubs, centres, venues and facilities will need to close, alongside indoor facilities

Stay at home

The new guidance from government states you must not leave, or be outside of your home except where necessary. 

You may leave the home to:

  • shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person
  • go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home
  • exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area
  • meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one
  • seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse)
  • attend education or childcare – for those eligible

Exercise a ‘reasonable excuse’ to leave home

You must not leave or be outside of your home except where you have a ‘reasonable excuse’. This will be put in law. 

You can leave your home to exercise outdoors in a public place either:

  • by yourself
  • with the people you live with
  • with your support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one)
  • in a childcare bubble where providing childcare
  • or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household

This should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

You can travel a short distance within your area to do so if necessary, to access an open space.

When exercising with someone you do not live with you must maintain 2 metres social distancing. Where this is not possible you should stay 1 metre apart with extra precautions, such as wearing a face covering.

You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure, such as a social meeting.