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GWC COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Covid Defense Protocols

Masks & social Distancing

  • All rowers must always wear mask while on land, docks, or in the bathrooms.
  • Masks can be taken off once on the water but must be put back on when docking
  • No more than two individuals allowed in the small boathouse or bathrooms at a time


  • All equipment must be thoroughly washed down with soap and water after use
  • All equipment once washed must be sprayed with disinfectant once put away (oar handles, seats, ETC.)
  • Disinfectant will be kept in generic spray bottles located next to the sculling log in the small boathouse
  • For large boats coaches will be responsible for disinfecting the equipment at the end of practice.

Symptomatic rowers

·       Rowers who have symptoms when they arrive at practice or become sick during the day should immediately be separated from other teammates, coaches, and staff and sent home. Employees who develop symptoms outside of practice or school should notify their coach and stay home.

·       Sick rowers should follow CDC-recommended steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Rowers should not return to practice until they have met the criteria to discontinue home isolation and have consulted with a healthcare provider.

·       It is up to coaches and program leads as to whether sick rowers must to provide a negative COVID-19 test result in order to return to practice.

Covid Response Protocols:

Confirmed covid case of rower on site:

  • If there is a confirmed case of covid in a team and that team member was at practice on site, the coach or program lead must immediately notify the GWC Director.  No personal information needs to be given except for which team the individual is on and what area of the boathouse they have been in. 
  • The area in use by that rower (small boathouse large, boathouse, bathrooms) will close for 24 hours upon notification of the confirmed case.  At the close of 24 hours a cleaning and disinfecting of the area will commence by GWC staff.  Only after that cleaning will that area be open again for rowing.

Rower in contact:

  • Rowers that may have been exposed if they are a “close contact” of someone who is infected, which is defined as being within about 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for a prolonged period of time:
  • Potentially exposed rowers who have symptoms of COVID-19 should self-isolate and follow CDC recommended steps.
  • Potentially exposed rowers who do not have symptoms should remain at home or in a comparable setting and practice social distancing for 14 days.
  • All other rowers should self-monitor for symptoms and wear cloth face coverings when in public. If they develop symptoms, they should notify their coach and stay home.


  • Livery Representatives are required to use masks during customer interaction and applicable hand washing processes prior to and after servicing customers.
  • Customers will not be allowed into the building for rentals and all rental processes will be done outside of the building.
  • Customers will be queued in 6-foot intervals should a line form.
  • Bathrooms will be used only one person at a time and will be sprayed with disinfecting solution after each use.
  • Equipment will be disinfected after each use and before storage

 (585) 328-3960

149 Elmwood Ave.

Rochester, NY 14611

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