An important message for our valued members
Restrictions remain the same and so further to our previous communication, I wish to advise you that the Board has decided to immediately impose the following regulations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
These are truly unprecedented times and it is important that we follow the strict measures put in place by the Federal and State Governments aimed at slowing down the rate at which the virus spreads. To this end the importance of hygiene and social distancing cannot be overstated and I am sure that many of us have already dramatically changed our daily routines in order to reduce the risk of spreading the virus in our communities.
There must be no social gatherings on the Club grounds or at the tennis courts.
- The Clubhouse & Bistro: is now closed until further notice.
- Grounds & Beach Access: remain open to members 24/7 to use at their discretion and at their own risk. Please exercise social distancing practices as outlined by the PM.
- Tennis courts: are open for members to use at their discretion but the tennis cabana is now closed. This decision, like all of our decisions will be constantly reviewed and like you, we will be doing our very best to get back out on the tennis courts asap & when deemed appropriate.
- All tennis competitions are cancelled. Nitro Tennis has cancelled all coaching and lessons.
- Ranelagh Beach Boxes: now closed until further notice.
- MotorBoat Shed & Operations: will remain open for slipping on an ongoing basis for individual member use at their own risk.
- Our On-Water activities: there will be no organised Club activities in any of our RYS or MBS boating areas from today. This decision, like all of our decisions will be constantly reviewed and like you, we will be doing our very best to get back out on the water asap & when deemed appropriate.
- Membership Service: as we have had to close all services we are currently working on a recovery plan that might be possible during the government lockdown. More details to follow as we receive further advice.
We encourage you all to take this latest government direction seriously and undertake your civic duty and practice social distancing: Don’t be closer than 1.5 metres from another person, wash your hands and practice good hand hygiene.
Do that for yourself, your loved ones and for the loved ones of people you have never met. It will save lives. The following link will give you the latest information and mandatory direction we have taken today. https://www.vic.gov.au/coronavirus-stage-1
Warm regards to you all & Stay Safe.
Marnie Harvey & Suzanne Murphy
Co General Managers
We have received advice from the Department of Health and Human Services regarding recommendations we should make as a Club, as follows:-
- Victoria Police has established a coronavirus enforcement squad of five hundred officers to ensure containment measures that have been put in place to combat coronavirus are followed.Coordinated through the Police Operations Centre, the officers will be out in the community doing spot checks on returning travellers who are in 14-day isolation, as well as enforcing the bans on indoor and outdoor gatherings.This includes the decision of the National Cabinet to implement Stage 1 of a shutdown of non-essential activity across the country from midday today which is aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus.The businesses that will close due to the Stage 1 shutdown include pubs, clubs, nightclubs, Crown Casino, and licensed venues in hotels and pubs. It also includes gyms, indoor sporting venues, places of worship, cinemas and entertainment venues. Restaurants and cafes will only be allowed to provide home delivery or takeaway services.This decision and other containment measures are meaningless if Victorians don’t take them seriously or don’t think they will be caught if they flout the rules.Such thinking is wrong and the new coronavirus enforcement squad at Victoria Police will take action against anyone caught doing the wrong thing.
The Stage 1 shutdown will have a significant impact on the lives and livelihoods of many Victorians, but if we don’t do this, more Victorians will contract coronavirus and more Victorians will die.
The decision will be reviewed regularly by the National Cabinet, and speaking as honestly as possible, it’s likely that governments across Australia will need to go further in the days and weeks ahead.
The Government can also confirm that school holidays for government schools in Victoria will be brought forward, starting on Tuesday 24 March. Schools will use this time to support teachers and staff plan for flexible and remote learning in the event schools need to move to that method of teaching.
I have recently told Victorians that the Government will ask them to do things they have never experienced before – these are the types of measures that I was talking about.
I also call on every Victorian to undertake their civic duty and practice social distancing: don’t be closer than 1.5 metres from another person, wash your hands and practice good hand hygiene.
Do that for yourself, your loved ones and for the loved ones of people you have never met. It will save lives.