****RE-OPENING DATE – Sat 4th July 2020 at 1pm****
We have now received the green light to re-open the club – however this will be on a restricted basis initially – please see the Covid-19 Temporary By-laws document below.
The club has completed a full Risk Assessment for re-opening and the recommendations from this have been followed. Whilst some of these may not suit some members, we have to ensure we protect all staff and members. The decisions taken have been discussed and agreed by your committee as being the only sensible way we can re-open within the current framework of regulations.
Please bear with us as we are constantly reviewing this and will adapt and ease these conditions where appropriate and in line with Gov’t regulations to the licensed trade.
We have had a great deal to do to prepare and re-open the club and hope you will support this. I am sure we would all like things to be back to where they were before we closed – but that is impossible at the present time and maybe for some time to come.
What has been done during closure?
An enormous amount of work – not just ongoing negotiations with 3rd party suppliers to stop and amend payments, but dealing with brewers to arrange disposal of ‘out of date ‘ stock as well as emergency ordering of new stock ready for re-opening.
It may be that we have to run with a reduced range of beers, lagers and ciders at the outset and expand the range as and when products become available and we are more aware of numbers attending the club.
A huge thank you again to all the willing volunteers from the committee and the staff members who have helped keep on top of things during closure and ensured the best possible outcomes for the club. The impact of Covid-19 has been felt by everyone and trying to the right outcomes from some 3rd parties has been a big challenge.
Apart from a good deal of maintenance and some outstanding jobs which can only be done when the club is closed, we have not, as some rumours suggest, re-decorated the Club. In the opinion of the committee this would have been a complete waste of money, as we are still looking to some major refurbishments in the near future. The club will be fully re-decorated at that time.
And finally – again, please stay safe. We are still in strange times but if we continue to do our bit and abide by the regulations we can hopefully return to some form of normal life and socialising sooner rather than later!!!
BVC Committee July 2020
BVC COVID-19 Temporary By-Laws
The following By-Laws have been introduced and we ask you work with us to ensure we follow these to keep all members and staff safe: The Club will re-open on Saturday 4th July 2020. However this is dependent upon certain suppliers and if any change to this is needed we will notify all members. We will initially promote the use of the outside and garden areas. The main club bar will be open for service from a clearly marked outlet and for some seating. The alley bar can be used for additional seating but this bar will remain closed. There will be a phased timetable for re-opening and initially hours will be restricted. This is required as we will not having sufficient staff hours to run our normal hours. The new regulations require us to have 2 staff members in attendance for all shifts - one staff member is required for serving and the other will be dealing with monitoring and hygiene cleaning requirements Opening hours initially will be Monday to Friday 4pm to 8pm Saturday and Sunday 1pm to 5pm Entrance and exit to the Club will be as follows: Entrance – through main club doors Exits - through emergency exits in alley and by snooker tables Please respect the signage for the safety of all members and staff. Please queue for drinks in the appropriately marked lines and ensure you respect social distancing requirements. You will be asked for your name and membership number (Gov’t requirements) as well as any other members with you or guests you have signed in. To assist in speeding up service for all please ensure you CARRY YOUR MEMBERSHIP CARD WITH YOU. Due to the current situation getting your drinks may take longer than usual. Please bear with us and be patient in respect of our staff and other members. All drinks will initially be served in plastic disposal glasses in order to reduce the additional hygiene requirements and collection of empties. Please dispose of empty containers in the bins provided. We will look to change this as soon as we can. Payment by contactless card is our preferred option – however as a last resort we will accept cash, but where possible please provide the correct money. No Cashback will be available Initially we will not be able to offer facilities to play snooker, billiards, pool, darts or fruit machines. This is to ensure social distancing and also that we are unable to provide a suitable hygiene solution between games at present. However this matter is under review. A requirement of social distancing means we are unable to promote the showing of live sports on the TV’s in order to control numbers in the club. To comply with social distancing requirements all bar stools have been removed and the bar area will be cordoned off so no-one can stand at the bar. This is to protect both staff and members. We are advised that we must discourage groups from congregating and standing in the bar area – if you wish to do this please utilise the outside spaces in respect for others. We will have to introduce a ‘maximum number’ in the Club given Gov’t guidelines for social distancing. This currently stands at 60 people in both the bar and garden areas. Whilst it is unlikely we will reach this number, initially we must reserve the right to limit numbers if this is required. Please would all members respect hygiene requirements for the safety of all and WASH YOUR HANDS AT REGULAR INTERVALS AND USE SANITISER PROVIDED. Please use sanitiser stations whenever you enter or exit the Club and use the toilets Toilets will initially be on a single usage basis with clearly marked queuing and vacant/engaged signs on doors. Your committee will continue to review all the above measures on a weekly basis and will make alterations and ease restrictions in line with Gov’t guidelines. Please bear with us through this initial re-opening phase and abide by the above regulations. Any member who ignores these guidelines will initially be warned by a staff or committee member. Further action will be taken for persistent offenders - who can expect to be banned from the Club.
PLEASE ALL REMEMBER THIS IS NOT A MINOR ISSUE BUT A MAJOR GLOBAL PANDEMIC WHICH IS CERTAINLY NOT YET OVER. PLEASE SHOW RESPECT TO OTHER MEMBERS AND STAFF AS WE WORK THROUGH THIS. THE LAST THING ANYONE WANTS IS A 2nd WAVE OF COVID-19…….SO PLEASE LET US ALL DO OUR BIT TO STAY SAFE AND WELL.