Playing bridge face-to-face again

 Keeping us Covid secure

 Please read and follow the following procedures when playing bridge at the Club.  These are the initial arrangements and will change in the light of experience and member feedback as we move to the “new normal”

Principles

We will follow Government laws, advice and guidance

We will operate in line with the Club's risk assessment, which we will keep under regular review

No player should attend:

  • Unless they have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19
  • if they feel unwell or have Covid symptoms
  • if they have been exposed to a person who has had a positive Covid test, unless they themselves have subsequently tested negative (PCR) or isolated for 10 days

General procedures

Windows and doors will be opened to allow fresh air to circulate - so there may be draughts.  Please dress accordingly!

Please respect other players' personal space, especially when moving around

Face coverings may be worn - this is at players' discretion.

Tea and coffee will not be provided - either bring your own or just have water.  The bar will be closed.

Some doors will be wedged open to reduce contact points and to improve ventilation - please do not close these doors

We will be cash-free - table money will be charged to your Member Account

Pre-booking will be required

The session will not be hosted, but feel free to use the Pianola partner-finder

At the table

We will have a maximum of six tables

Tables have been made bigger, to increase spacing between players (SEE BELOW)

Each table will have its own full set of boards; this means that, during the bridge session, only one player will touch each hand of cards.  Bearing this in mind, please keep the use of hand sanitiser at the table to a minimum, to avoid making the cards sticky.  (Hand sanitiser will be available in the kitchen, or bring your own.)

Each player will collect a bidding box on arrival and keep it with them for the session

Only North (or South) should handle the Bridgemate on each table, showing the score to East and West for checking and agreeing.  Wipes will be available for Bridgemate cleaning if the movement is such that North-South are moving as well as East-West.

 

 

Joining During Covid-19

 

When the Club is fully open, the normal joining procedure is outlined in Information for Prospective Members which is accessed from another tab on the website so please read this first.

Whilst the Club is mostly providing online bridge, you are still able to apply for membership if you live locally and have access to the necessary technology for playing on BBO and/or RealBridge. The procedure however just needs to be slightly different to the original one.

If you are planning to join the Club, you may come and play online at one of our virtual sessions (see our calendar) as a guest of a member, or as a pair, or come along to one of our hosted sessions. Contact the membership secretary to discuss.

You need to still be proposed by a member of 2 years plus and seconded by another member.  If you are new to the area you might want to play a few times and get to know some members first. Once these have been found, the application form needs to completed and signed by all parties and this would need to happen by scanning and circulating if people cannot meet in person. The form is then returned to the Membership Secretary. Page 2 of the form (with no details) will be circulated to all members by email in order for any objections to be raised.

The potential member will need to play 3 assessment sessions, one ideally on RealBridge with an experienced member of the Club. The 2 other games could be with the proposer and seconder or each other if joining as a pair. Our Assessment Coordinator is able to organise this and would be in contact.

If no objections are received and the potential member achieves the standards required, they will be offered membership. The joining fee is £40 with an annual subscription fee of £40 (or £20 if joining July-December) also .

Please fill out the contact form on the website if you would like more details.

Chrissy Thomas

Membership Secretary

revised Sept 2021

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