In line with our concerns and our responsibility to our members and staff that the Board has made the unanimous decision to extend the postponement of AYC organized events through May 31st.
The health and welfare of our Austin Yacht Club community continues to be our number one priority. As a community, we seek to be supportive of our members and we seek to make decisions and provide advice with the aim of doing our part in reducing the spread of COVID-19.
For all of us, the world has changed quickly and forever. We have learned our daily routines and responsibilities can be disrupted almost overnight; we have new phrases that define our reality, such as “social distancing” and “flattening the curve.” We are reminded how much we all rely on each other and how, through our decisions, we can protect each other, older adults and those most susceptible to this virus. At the same time, we are learning that feelings of isolation and uncertainty when we’re stuck at home can take their toll. But we are learning other things, too. Our AYC community is hardy and optimistic, and the life of our club continues.
It is in line with our concerns and our responsibility to our members and staff that the Board has made the unanimous decision to extend the postponement of AYC organized events through May 31st.
The Clubhouse, bathhouses, office, water fountains and ice machine remain closed. The water bottle fill station downstairs will remain operational.
Please feel free to come enjoy your boat but please do so with caution. The following are the minimum recommended health protocols for all individuals visiting the club and engaging in water activities. Individuals are encouraged to adopt additional protocols consistent with their specific needs and circumstances to help protect the health and safety of themselves and all members. The virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to others by infected persons who have few or no symptoms. Even if an infected person is only mildly ill, the people they spread it to may become seriously ill or even die, especially if that person is 65 or older with pre-existing health conditions that place them at higher risk. Because of the hidden nature of this threat, everyone should rigorously follow the practices specified in these protocols, all of which facilitate a safe and measured reopening of Texas, our nation and the Austin Yacht Club. The virus that causes COVID-19 is still circulating in our communities. We should continue to observe practices that protect everyone, including those who are most vulnerable. The importance of practicing healthy hygiene habits such as:
- Social/physical distancing – keeping space between yourself and other people outside of your home. To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people, do not gather in groups, stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings. Please do not gather underneath the clubhouse. Keeping space between you and others is one of the best tools we have to avoid being exposed to this virus and slowing its spread locally and across the country and world.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others. You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick. Everyone should wear a cloth face cover when they have to go out in public. The cloth face cover is meant to protect other people in case you are infected. Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The cloth face cover is not a substitute for social distancing.
Fleets should not be organizing formal events at AYC during this time. The Board is working on a plan to resume organized activities after the “all clear” is given by the authorities.
Please help us keep everyone safe and healthy!
Dane Ohe, Commodore