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USRowing Publishes Document Outlining a Safe Return to Rowing

STAFF REPORTS
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USRowing has published a five-page guide to help clubs as they move to reopen and get athletes back on the water.

The document, released Tuesday afternoon, is titled “USRowing Re-opening the Boathouse/Return to Training Considerations Post-COVID-19” and contains five core principles intended to “provide member organizations, coaches and athletes with information they can use to help develop protocols for the re-opening of their boathouses and their return to training programs in the context of COVID-19,” according to the guide.

The five core principles include following state and local rules and regulation regarding group size, minimizing contact between individuals, maintaining six feet between individuals whenever possible, training in singles only (unless those who live together wish to take out doubles, pairs, fours, and quads), and that no team boats shall be allowed until social distancing regulations are lifted.

The guidelines stop short of being a one-size-fits-all approach and “is meant to guide both large and small organizations in varied locations with differing resources, it should be used to help each organization develop a plan that is specific to their situation.”

Additional information outlined in the document includes return to training and athlete health monitoring, outdoor facility use, indoor facility use, and guidance from Assured Partners, USRowing’s insurance partner.

USRowing is expected to publish guidelines for registered USRowing regattas later in the week.

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