Following the recent relaxation of restrictions by the government, the Club is now able to permit access to the restaurant and bar as long as it continues to maintain certain social distancing conditions that are outlined below.
Consequently the restaurant and bar will be open for members use from Wednesday 1st July.
The hours of opening will be different, the physical arrangements will be different and the responsibilities of the members will be different ……. but hopefully the food and drink will be as before.
So please read the information outlined below and help us all to extend our opening in a manner that protects the health and well being of our staff, our members and our guests.
Guiding Principles in reopening
Everyone is looking forward to one of John’s tasty burgers or a creamy pint of Guinness from Mick or Noel.
But we cannot forget the key responsibility of the Club and the MC is
* to ensure the health and safety of our staff, members and guests and
* to ensure we comply fully with the government regulations.
Everything we do must be guided by those two requirements
What preparations have been made in advance of re-opening?
A lot of work has gone into ensuring that the Club opens in a safe and compliant manner. In that regard the Club has:
* examined all information and guidelines that have been prepared by Failte Ireland for the hospitality sector
* developed and agreed an action plan to prepare the Club for restaurant / bar reopening
* prepared a new opening roster for the co-incidental reopening of the bar and the restaurant
* sent our barman Noel on an approved COVID Training course
* discussed issues with administration staff, bar staff and the restaurant catering franchisee
* undertaken a risk assessment to identify possible pinch points in our reopening
* placed appropriate screens in the bar area
* installed hand sanitiser dispensers in key areas in the clubhouse
* confirmed appropriate PPE protocols with bar and restaurant franchisee
* rearranged our furniture, and removed bar stools and small stools, to ensure appropriate social distancing with table occupancy indicated on each table
* communicated the new arrangements via this newsletter to all adult members outlining their responsibility in delivering the reopening protocols and requesting their full assistance in this regard
So what are the changes that the new protocols demand?
The restaurant can open on its own but the the bar can only open when the restaurant is open.
A person can place any order in the restaurant from a coffee to a three course meal. A person can order a soft drink from the bar. But a person can order an alcohol drink from the bar only if they also order a full meal (defined as a minimum €9.00 cost).
A maximum of 50 people can be in the restaurant bar area at any one time.
A person can only be in the restaurant / bar for a maximum of 1 hour and 45 minutes.
People within a group must be 1 metre apart and the groups themselves must be 2 metres apart.
A record must be retained by the Club of the names of all members and guests who patronise the clubhouse to facilitate contact tracing should that be necessary.
These regulations have been set down as a precondition to reopening the restaurant and bar. There are many views about the practicality and impact of the regulations. The reasons that regulations are required have been set out in all the media by the government and these objectives are strongly supported by the MC.
So, whether we like them or not, they must be implemented in order to permit reopening. Informal information from the pub trade is that the regulations will be strongly inspected and non compliance will leads to close down and possible licence endorsement.
How will the changes be implemented?
Firstly the bar will close when the restaurant closes. An opening / closing schedule will be published early next week and will show the bar open for a shorter period than before.
Next the seating has been rearranged at 2m. separation, the capacity of each table is indicated on the table to ensure 1m. separation at the table and there is seating for no more than 50 members / guests. Members are asked not to move or re-arrange any seats or tables.
On arrival members will have their names recorded and this record will be stored in the office for 1 month. Members will also be asked to respect the 105 minute requirement.
Can I help?
The main way to help is to commit to fully implementing the changes that are outlined in this Newsletter.
But the MC also need support in supervising the new arrangements on a day to day basis especially where visitors or society guests might visit the bar.
If you feel you have some time to give to this role please contact either Captain or a member of the MC.
Ongoing Issues in the Club
This newsletter is essentially a one topic newsletter on COVID reopening but some general pieces of information are of interest:
* There was a significant water problem in the compound which has just been addressed.
* However there is still an unresolved issue in relation to the water supply to the on-course toilets which continue to be not in use
* Work is ongoing on the repair and replacement of broken sprinkler heads that facilitate watering of tee boxes and greens
* interest and take up in new memberships continues and this is very encouraging
* the pressure on time sheet access has been obvious for some time. This should reduce a little when timesheet intervals are reduced to 10 minutes. The pressure is also due to a number of other issues including the fact that virtually nobody is taking summer holidays.
* membership subscription reviews are ongoing and it looks like a number of members, as a first step, will have their BRS access withdrawn next week.