Following on from our Prime Minister’s announcement last night, we have now further restrictions in place.
As of this morning (20th December 2020), Peterborough has been declared a Tier 4 area. As Whittlesey remains a Tier 2 area, members living in Peterborough are now no longer able to travel outside of their area to attend the club.
South Holland County Council residents have had this restriction already in place for some time now, and Peterborough County Council residents will now also have to abide by these new rules.
Residents of Fenland District Council may still use the club as normal – using the bookings system.
We will of course constantly review any changes to these rules and get you back shooting, as we all should be, as soon as is safe and lawful.
I am very pleased to announce that with certain restrictions, the club may now be used again! Could all members please read the instructions on the Members Facebook Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/WhittleseyRifleClubMembers/), or alternatively request these instructions via email (stating full name and membership number please) using the contact form.
As we are classed as an Indoor Sports facility, we cannot legally open before 25th July at the very earliest, and then only when certain stipulations are in place, which we are currently waiting to see what these exact stipulations are.
As an approved NSRA range, we also have to have NSRA approval before we can open our doors (irrespective of which discipline we shoot), so we are also waiting on an announcement from the NSRA. Otherwise we won’t have Home Office approval, and again be illegal.
Thank you to all our members for your extreme patience. We will get you back to shooting as soon as we can. It won’t be the same as before for quite a while, but we will get you back.
I have received this from CTSA re the Norman cross range.
As much as we hoped that we would be able to open up the range again, it has proved to be impossible to fulfil all the requirements laid down by the Government and the NSRA and to be covered by Insurance. The insurance company require us to carry out the requirements laid down. See attachment.
The CTSA has a duty of care to members, Clubs and the committee of the Association. This duty of care cannot be guaranteed at this time to the benefit of all.
We are not like a golf or tennis club, we don’t have staff to see people on and off the site, dealing with bookings, supervision and then cleaning down all that has been touched, ready for others to attend. The pavilion would need to stay closed and there is question on the outdoor toilet and the use of it and how it can be wiped down after each use. There is also the outbuilding/containers, these would also need to be wiped down if anyone uses them. It is not just a simple open up and go, everything that is touched will need to be wiped down and made safe for all.
We have a fair number of over 70’s, disabled and vulnerable members that will need to stay away, which would not be fair, seeing that they pay their fees just like everyone else.
We would also need to ask the police if we could open. There is still no shooting in Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
Taking everything into account, the risks to members and the Association are too high, so the site will remain closed for the foreseeable period.
Please let all your members know that the range is still closed and will remain so until further notice, I will be in touch in due course if and when the range will be back open.
You will see from the NSRA guidance, indoor ranges can still not open. Also you will see if we do not conform to NSRA guidance we will not be insured and if were not insured our Home Office approval is not valid.
So we have no choice but to stick to the NSRA guidance. Once NSRA guidance allows indoor clubs to open we will be in the same dilemma as CTSA in how do we implement the hygiene requirements without a full time staff.