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Letter from the Commodore 24th December 2020

Dear Member,

Following the Government’s recent announcement that from Boxing Day we will move into Tier 2 your Management Committee, together with key staff, met to discuss the implications facing the Club. It was decided that;

  • ·      From Christmas Eve lunchtime the Club is closed until we open New Year’s Eve by which time, we will be in Tier 2. This means inside tables can only accommodate single households and bubbles and drinks can only be served with a substantial meal. It is essential that you book tables in advance for New Year’s Eve when the Club will be open from 1800 – 2200.
  • ·      Unless there are further changes, we plan to continue with New Year’s Eve and Annie will contact all those who have booked to explain the position. Most of the bookings are for mixed households under the Tier 1 ‘rule of six’. We expect some will be happy to have a smaller table with their individual households and some may choose to cancel. Either way, we will have reduced capacity losing tables of six and we will need to assess the numbers in the coming week. Pamela is happy to cover the menu as planned.
  • ·      We have good bookings for New Year’s Day but again mostly in tables of mixed households, so they will have to separate. We should remember that you CAN mix tables of 6 OUTSIDE so if the weather allows people can take that option. We are happy that our planned tapas menu constitutes a substantial meal.
  • ·      From the 2nd January it has been decided we close the Bar and Restaurant for the rest of January. Pamela is to undergo a hospital procedure during the month and, by closing, it will allow her to self-isolate prior to the operation and to recuperate afterwards. As a Club, we will preserve cash using the Government’s furlough scheme in a month which is loss making and is likely to be exceptionally quiet; employing an agency chef to meet the “substantial meal” requirement enabling the bar to open would make no economic sense at this time of year.

 

It seems likely that further restrictions are in the pipeline so we will need to remain flexible and ready to react as required. 

Finally, I do wish you and yours a very Happy Christmas and sincerely hope 2021 will be a better year for everyone.

Kind Regards

Chris Morris

Commodore

Royal Fowey Yacht Club