Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Lincoln Park Boat Club (LPBC) will adhere to the guidelines and policies of the State of Illinois, City of Chicago, and USRowing. 

USRowing’s Five Core Principles

The Lincoln Park Boat Club is a member of USRowing, rowing’s governing body in the U.S. USRowing has provided clear, detailed guidance on safe rowing operations during the pandemic. Our plan incorporates that guidance, which centers on Five Core Principles:

  1. All organizations must follow state and local rules and regulations. 
  2. Training should focus on a “get in, train, get out” approach.
  3. All individuals, including coaches and staff, should maintain social distancing of at least six feet when social distancing is required.
  4. Training should be allowed in single-person rowing shells (1x) only. Individuals living in the same residence may take out a double-person rowing shell (2x or 2-).
  5. Other than the exception for people sharing a residence, no team boats should be allowed until social distancing guidelines are lifted. 

LPBC has applied the above five principles, along with additional guidance from USRowing, in its plans to offer both rowing and paddling at the Lincoln Park Boat House and Park 571. LPBC’s plan to phase in team boat training is based on Chicago’s COVID-19 testing data. LP will continue to follow best practices and will share the team boat plan after having finished the boathouse reopening process.

 

Rowing

We have moved approximately half of our single sculling fleet to Park 571. At both Park 571 and the Lincoln Park Boat House (LPBH) we will offer two-hour practice windows throughout each day. 

All participants must register in advance via RegattaCentral, the platform the club uses to manage class sign-ups and memberships. Participants must commit to the same days and times for the entire month — there is currently no day-only or week-only registration and there is no flexibility on days/times. Members may register for more than one session per month.

Within each two-hour window, participants must arrive, launch, practice, return, and sanitize the equipment. Cleaning products will be provided. Staff will be present to provide direction and assistance to ensure that each practice ends within its two-hour window, before the arrival of the next group.

 

Paddling

LPBC has an extensive paddling fleet and will accommodate up to ten paddlers per two hour practice window at LPBH. Paddling practice windows will be staggered so that paddlers and rowers are not accessing the LPBH boathouse and dock at the same time. Paddling practices will begin at 7:00 a.m. and end at 7:00 p.m. (final practice start time set for 5 p.m.).

Within each two-hour window, participants must arrive, launch, practice, return, and sanitize the equipment. Cleaning products will be provided. Staff will be present to provide direction and assistance to ensure that each practice ends within its two hour window, before the arrival of the next group.

 

Accessing the Boathouses

Prior to accessing the boathouses, each individual must:

  • Be in the Chicago area for 14 days prior to arrival.
  • Take temperature before arrival at the boathouse, and do not come to the boathouse if temperature is 100.4 or higher.
  • Self-report to the Head Coach if they have been exposed to a person who has been sick or diagnosed with COVID-19 and have been at the boathouse within the prior 14 days.
  • Self-quarantine for 14 days, if they’ve been exposed to someone sick or diagnosed with COVID-19.

If an individual has had a confirmed case of COVID-19, they will need a note from their doctor indicating they are cleared to resume rowing or paddling.

 

Expectations at the boathouses

Participants are expected to wear masks when accessing the boathouses and up until the point they are on the water; participants will be required to put their masks back on when they return to the dock.

Once you are within the boathouse grounds, a coach may direct you in order to enforce social-distancing, please adhere to their guidance. This will most likely involve staggering access to the boat racks and the docks. At Park 571, we will keep as much of the equipment as possible near the front of the boathouse to minimize time spent in enclosed spaces.

Access to locker rooms and restrooms will be limited to one-person at a time, as much as possible. Participants should avoid storing personal items in the boathouse. Only the cubby room is available for storage. Items may not be stored in the boat bay cabinets. Bikes must be locked up outside.

The groups will not overlap — the 8:00 a.m. practice cannot start until the 6:00 a.m. practice participants have left the boathouse area; likewise, for paddling, participants of the 9 a.m. class will not be permitted to enter until the 7 a.m. class has left the boathouse area.

 

Practice rules and procedures

Start of practice:

  • Participants approach boathouse grounds following social-distancing protocol while wearing masks. Social distancing is not a substitute for a mask.
  • Coaches provide direction before people enter boat bays/storage area
  • Participants enter bays/storage area one at a time to get oars and boat
  • Multiple boats will be allowed on the dock at once, as long as proper social distancing can still be maintained.
  • Participants can remove masks once they have shoved off from the dock

End of practice:

  • Participants put on their mask before reaching dock
  • Multiple boats will be allowed on the dock at once, as long as proper social distancing can still be maintained.
  • Remove their equipment from the dock and move it to the outdoor apron for cleaning 
  • Sanitize their hands 
  • Clean the equipment with the cleaning products provided (dish soap and water, if the item can be scrubbed enough for suds to form, or disinfectant)
  • Return the equipment to its proper place within the boathouse.
  • Exit prior to the start of the next practice