Address:
578 Royal Esplanade, Manly, Q 4179

Phone:
+61 7 3396 8666

Email:
reception@rqys.com.au

COVID-19 UPDATES

This post will serve as a continuous and live update log for all relevant news pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic and its subsequent effects on the Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron.


#11 – Monday 23/03/2020

Marina and Slipway remain open

Your marina management and team remain alert and proactive to the dynamic changes relating to COVID-19. We are monitoring all advice and recommendations from Official Health Bodies and adjusting our work practices accordingly.

The slipway continues to operate at full capacity, and we welcome any members to book ahead as we are currently experiencing an increase in bookings. We still have a small number of rental berths available in varying sizes.

In line with business expectations, we are operating with a smaller team than usual and we appreciate your patience and understanding when responding to enquiries.

We have received many questions relating to marina access. Members can access the marina using their member swipe card. At all times we will be guided by government recommendations and consider the safety of all members and staff. If you have questions relating vessel access and deliveries, please email the marina team and we will advise accordingly.


#10 – Monday 23/03/2020

Discontinuation of all non-essential gatherings

We would like to thank all members for their continued patience, support and understanding during these challenging times. We continue to monitor and implement the advice and requirements of Official Health Bodies.

As you are no doubt aware, the Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced yesterday that restrictions on social gatherings would be increased to “Stage 1″. Details of the announcement are below.

Current considerations

  • Following the decision made last night at National Cabinet, the Squadron Club House will remain closed until further notice.
  • Members are, of course, welcome to use the facilities including Marina, Hardstand, Ramps and Fuel. Please observe Queensland Health guidelines in relation to hygiene, distancing, etc.
  • Canaipa remains open and available to members as usual.
  • Reception will be open from 0730 – 1700, 7 days per week.
  • During this quieter time at the Squadron, we have increased security and ask members to look out for each other as well as member and Squadron assets. The main gates (vehicle and pedestrian) will be closed 1800 – 0600, 7 days per week.
  • Please check our website for RQYS and Queensland Health updates on COVID19 https://www.rqys.com.au/

Places of social gathering

The Prime Minister, state and territory Premiers and Chief Ministers met on 22 March 2020 as the National Cabinet. They agreed to further actions to support social distancing measures already put in place and protect the Australian community from the spread of coronavirus.

National Cabinet agreed to move to more widespread restrictions on social gatherings.

Premiers and Chief Ministers agreed to implement, through state and territory laws, new Stage 1 restrictions on social gatherings, to be reviewed on a monthly basis.

Australians should expect these measures to be in place for at least 6 months.

The following facilities will be restricted from opening from midday local time 23 March 2020:

  • Pubs, registered and licenced clubs (excluding bottle shops attached to these venues), hotels (excluding accommodation)
  • Gyms and indoor sporting venues 
  • Cinemas, entertainment venues, casinos, and night clubs
  • Restaurants and cafes will be restricted to takeaway and/or home delivery
  • Religious gatherings, places of worship or funerals (in enclosed spaces and other than very small groups and where the 1 person per 4 square metre rule applies).

Full announcement can be found here


#9 – Friday 20/03/2020

With stunning weather forecast all weekend, we encourage you to enjoy our hospitality and take advantage of Squadron facilities.

Below you will find updated operating hours and the new menu that will begin Monday 23 March.

We continue to monitor the current health emergency and implement requirements as required. Today Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced increased social distancing for inside events, requiring a minimum of 4m2 per person. We ask you to remain vigilant and aware of the space around you.

Due to Covid-19 potentially remaining active on a surface for 9 days, we will be implementing increased safety measures, further protecting our members and their guests. As of Monday 23 March, the Squadron strongly encourages all visitors to consider paying by debit card, credit card or member charge only.

We thank you for your understanding and patience during these challenging times, and look forward to seeing you at the club.

Boardwalk Cafe Menu

Trading Hours


#9 – Friday 20/03/2020

Special Industry Alert – New social distance requirements for immediate implementation

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a new indoor gathering limit for Australians.

There is now a four square metre rule per person for gatherings of less than 100 people.

“What we are now moving to is an arrangement for gatherings of less than 100, is that they would be four square metres provided per person in an enclosed space, in a room. So that’s 2m by 2m,” he said. “So for example, if you’ve got a room, if you’ve got a premises, if you’ve got a meeting room or something like that, that’s 100 square metres, then you can have 25 people in that room.”

“I know these rules will take some time for people to get used to, but I would ask people to move as quickly as they can.” said the Prime Minister

To assist members and their guest to understand how these restrictions apply to the Squadron, please view the Cafe Floor Plan


#9 – Friday 20/03/2020

From the General Manager

Dear Members,

Thank you for your continued support and consideration during this challenging time. We hope to see you at the club this weekend, using the facilities, enjoying a meal and taking to the water. Current considerations include:

  1. The Squadron is open 7 days a week.
  2. Members are, of course, welcome to use the facilities including Marina, Hardstand, Rigging Lawns, Ramps, Fuel and Hospitality every day. Please observe Queensland Health guidelines in relation to hygiene, distancing, etc. https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19
  3. Reception and the Merchandise store are open and available for trade 7 days a week and to allow access to contractors from 8am.
  4. Canaipa remains open and available to members as usual.
  5. We draw all members attention to Government requirements which at present restrict indoor gatherings to 100 people and a minimum 4m2 per person.
  6. During this quieter time at the Squadron, we have increased security and ask members to look out for each other as well as member and Squadron assets.
  7. Adjusted times and menus for our hospitality operations will be posted shortly on the website.

 


#8 – Wednesday 18/03/2020

Dear Members,

Last Night, the RQYS General Committee met with the General Manager to implement significant measures in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. As we all understand, without immediate changes in the way our Squadron and activities are conducted, we unduly risk our Members, Staff and family as well as the security of the Squadron. We are following all advice and requirements of Official Health Bodies.

Today, our General Manager outlined these changes, including a cancellation of the remainder of the Sailing Season, Academy activities,. Associated services at the Club will be affected. We will modify these changes as we move through this period of stress, which we are all suffering.

I have been approached and contacted by many Members, who are extremely supportive and understanding that we must be totally committed to not take this lightly. You will notice that most major Clubs have taken similar action. We will bounce back – as long as we all maintain our support for each other and the Squadron as our proud home.

Your Commodore,
Captain Barry Cuneo


#7 – Wednesday 18/03/2020

Further to last night’s update relating to the Squadron’s response to the current COVID-19 situation, we advise revised Squadron operating hours and services:

  1. The Squadron is open 7 days a week.
  2. Members are, of course, welcome to use the facilities including Marina, Hardstand, Rigging Lawns, Ramps, Fuel and Hospitality every day. Please observe Queensland Health guidelines in relation to hygiene, distancing, etc. https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19
  3. Our Hospitality services are open 7 days a week 8.30am until close. We have adjusted our menus and service levels and will continue to monitor the current circumstances and adapt. Please support your club and we appreciate your patience. It would be good to see you here.
  4. Reception and the Merchandise store are open and available for trade 7 days a week and to allow access to contractors from 8am.
  5. Canaipa remains open and available to members as usual.
  6. Please check our website for RQYS and Queensland Health updates on COVID-19: https://www.rqys.com.au/
  7. We draw all members attention to Government requirements which at present restrict indoor gatherings to 100 people and advise increased vigilance around hygiene and social distancing.
  8. During this quieter time at the Squadron, we have increased security and ask members to look out for each other as well as member and Squadron assets.

 The following operational areas of our Squadron are postponed until further notice:

  1. Remainder of the Sailing Season (including Saturday and Sunday racing as well as WAGS)
  2. Sailing Academy
  3. Regattas
  4. Aquatic Events (including organised power and sail cruising events)
  5. Significant Member functions (such as the End of Season Sailing Party, Easter Family Fun Day etc.).

Our people will continue to staff all operational areas, on a reduced basis in line with requirements and demand.

We thank our members in advance for your patience and support, and encourage you to continue to enjoy your Squadron and to keep mucking around in boats.


#6 – Wednesday 18/03/2020

The Family Easter Day event that was to be held on Sunday 5 April has been postponed. This decision has been made due to the restrictions on crowds at our venue and the safety of our members during this time.


#5 – Tuesday 17/03/2020

From the General Manager

The General Committee has met this evening and has taken the decision based on the current COVID-19 situation, to postponed until further notice the following:

  1. WAGS
  2. Remainder of the Sailing Season
  3. Sailing Academy
  4. Regattas
  5. Aquatic Events (including organised power and sail cruising events).

Our people will continue to staff all operational areas, at times on a reduced basis.
An update on all RQYS services including Bar, Café, Restaurant and Club opening times will follow tomorrow.
The Marina, Slipway and Hardstand remain fully operational at this time.
We thank our members in advance for their patience and support.


#4 – Tuesday 17/03/2020

From the General Manager

This Instagram video was recorded on Sunday by Alex Choudary who is the Head of Infectious Diseases in Qld., based at the Prince Charles Hospital at Chermside in Brisbane. He is also on the National Pandemic Task Force.

https://www.instagram.com/tv/B9v1rysATY2/?igshid=1bc6dxi0yybgk


#3 – Tuesday 17/03/2020

The following two members events have been postponed: 50 Year Members Luncheon and Past Commodores Lunch


#2 – Tuesday 17/03/2020

The General Manager would like to share with members the latest information on self-quarantine: https://www.qld.gov.au/health/conditions/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19/take-action/self-quarantine.


#1 – Sunday 15/03/2020

The world health situation is very real, so we have taken some basic action to ensure RQYS remains a healthy and safe environment for members, staff and visitors.

The cleaners will sanitise all “high touch points” daily, these include door handles and plates, the members bar top, table-tops and benches in the members bar and various other points. Additional sanitation cleans will be carried out throughout the Squadron.

Due to the severity and changing circumstances of the Global virus, operations at RQYS will adjust as necessary to ensure the safety of our Members and guests.

Please continue to enjoy your boating and coming to the club, however if you have travelled or been in contact with anyone who has flu like symptoms please seek medical advice before you do.

The links below are to the Queensland Government Coronavirus website which is a useful source of information:
QLD Health – Everything you need to know
QLD Government – Advice

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