ACBA is re-opening to allow for single person private and club boat users (and two person boats if both rowers are from the same household), and approved small boat coached programs. Coach programs are limited to groups of ten, including the coach. Allow a maximum of 20 individual use boat reservations simultaneously. ACBA locker rooms remain closed and the erg room also remains closed. DC Strokes are working with these restrictions to allow for as much participation in on-the-water rowing by our members.
If you are not currently participating in a DC Strokes Small Boats program, there is no reason for you to be at the boathouse.
These policies are subject to change due to the continually changing pandemic situation and changing guidance from DC and USRowing. DC Strokes will make every effort to keep our membership informed of any changes.
Before you are allowed back onto the ACBA site to row in a single (or double if in the same household), you must:
ACBA Guidance [as of 27 June 2020]
The ACBA board have developed these guidelines in consultation with ACBA members, guidance from USRowing, the DC Harbor Patrol, and the orders from Mayor Bowser and other DC officials, to ensure ACBA members adhere to the District's COVID-19 protocols. As the situation evolves, these guidelines will likely change. We ask that all DC Strokes members be flexible and always ask questions if you are unsure about anything!
ACBA is currently in Phase 2 as described below. These phases were developed by the ACBA board in consultation with ACBA members, the DC Harbor Patrol, and the orders from Mayor Bowser and other DC officials, to ensure ACBA members adhere to the District's COVID-19 protocols.
- Phase 0: Started May 27th. One person private boat owners only (Two person private boat owners if of the same household.) A maximum of 10 users at the boathouse simultaneously. No Coaches. Locker Rooms Closed. Erg Room Closed.
- Phase 1a: Started June 3rd. One person private and club boat users. (Two person boats if of the same household). Allow a maximum of 20 at the boathouse simultaneously. No Coaches. Locker Rooms Closed. Erg Room Closed.
- Phase 1b: Started June 15th. One person private and club boat users (Two person boats if from the same household), and approved small boat coached programs. Coach programs are limited to groups of ten, including the coach. Allow a maximum of 20 individual use boat reservations simultaneously. Locker rooms closed. Erg room closed.
- Phase 2: Started June 27th. One person private and club boat users (Two person boats if of the same household), and approved small boat coached programs. Coach programs are limited to groups of 12, including the coach. Coached sessions are staggered at 15-minute intervals. Allow a maximum of 25 individual use boat reservations simultaneously. Erg room open maximum 4 indoor users simultaneously, with 12-foot distance between ergs. No fans in the erg room. Outdoor erg usage is allowed by the fence between the middle ramp and flagpole. Masks are highly encouraged during erg usage. Locker rooms remain closed.
- Self-Monitoring: Anyone coming to the boathouse is required to take their own temperature that day, prior to arrival at the boathouse. If their temperature is 100.4 degrees or greater, or they have other COVID-19 symptoms, do not come to the boathouse! If they have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days, do not come to the boathouse. If they have had any close contact with an individual who has a confirmed coronavirus diagnosis and/or who is presumed to have coronavirus, do not come to the boathouse. If they become ill within one week of using ACBA facilities, please consider reporting this to the COVID19@anacostiaboathouse.org.
- Reservations: We are limiting the number of people at the boathouse. Athletes MUST reserve a boat and launch time slot on the iCrew app/booking system, or have a planned attendance in a coached program, before coming to the boathouse. (iCrew allows us to limit the numbers at the boathouse and have a record if contact tracing is needed.) Only ACBA members are allowed to make reservations; no guests or non-members. No reservations can be made for rowing or paddling ergs at this time. Reservation slots will become available a day ahead of time, and reservations can be made on a first come, first served basis. Reservation slots will be available for 2 hour windows between the hours of 5am and 9pm everyday. If an athlete can no longer make their reservation, they MUST cancel their reservation as a courtesy to other athletes.
- Group Limits: Coached programs are limited to groups of 12, including the coach. Individuals or household users at the boathouse are limited to 20 or less for Phase 1b. The ACBA Reopening Committee will continue to reassess usage trends and follow local guidance to move into future phases of ACBA usage with potentially loosened restrictions.
- "Get In, Train, Get Out!": Athletes, including coached programs, must come ready to row/paddle and leave after their boat has been put away within their reserved time slot only. Take away anything brought in, there will NO storing of anything at the boathouse.
- Cleaning and Sanitizing: All must sanitize or wash their hands immediately upon arrival (i.e. leaving your bike/car, or in the bathroom on the way in) and after completing their workout.
- Masks: All individuals entering ACBA premises must wear a mask on land (e.g., in front of the small tent/clubhouse, in the big tent/boathouse, on the apron [area in front of the big tent where slings are put out to wash boats], on the dock, in the bathrooms, on the parking lot). A mask is not required on the water. Masks must be donned upon return to the dock and until the athlete and coach leave the ACBA premises. Masks must be worn in addition to social distancing measures.
- Social Distancing: Athletes must maintain a distance of greater than 6 feet from other persons at the boathouse and on the water!
- Equipment Handling: All athletes are responsible for their own equipment. This means carrying in-and-out the boathouse, to and from the dock, and cleaning all equipment used. (Assistance in carrying boats is allowed in coached programs if the users maintain the required 6 feet distance.)
- Float Plan: For individual users, remember to electronically sign in and out for your outing within iCrew.
- Parking Lot Gate: For the security of your personal property during times of minimal boathouse usage, the parking lot gate is to remain locked. Lock it back up as you enter and lock it back up when you leave. (Yes - upon arrival, lock yourself in.) We have had theft while users have been on the water.
- Bathrooms: Bathrooms can be used at one’s own risk. Please limit bathroom use to one individual at a time. Users must wash hands thoroughly with soap and water after use.
- Locker rooms and Showers: The locker rooms and showers will remain closed at this time.
- Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge Project has reduced the lone passage arch from 150 feet to 71 feet through October of this year. Sharing this arch in both directions with large motorized boats was a safety hazard at 150' - now it is even more dangerous. Details note: "To support active construction operations, a vessel/barge may be intermittently positioned within the navigable channel." ACBA advises river users stay upstream of the bridge construction.
- Respect the privilege: Paddling/rowing at the ACBA, especially during this time, is a privilege. Please respect all guidance put in place to keep all our athletes safe. The ACBA Reopening Committee and Board of Directors reserves the right to further restrict use, re-close the boathouse, or loosen restrictions at any time, pending local trends, safety concerns, and/or local guidance and regulations.
Cleaning and Disinfecting
- All boats must be washed down with soap and water and dried before returning to the boathouse. No exceptions. During Phase 0, individual owners are responsible for bringing their own soap to wash down boats. Please take away anything brought in, there will be NO storing of anything at the boathouse.
- Everything the athlete touches must be disinfected. Cockpit, oar/paddle handles and carrying points on the shaft. No exceptions. Individual owners are responsible for bringing their own soap to wash down equipment and other touch points. Please take away anything brought in, there will NO storing of anything at the boathouse.
- The athlete must disinfect/wipe down anything they touch with disinfectant spray or towelette as they leave the ACBA property (e.g., gates, locks, tent bay doors, hose, water spigot). Disinfectant supplies must be brought by the athlete.
Land Traffic Pattern:
- Upon arrival to the boathouse, the athlete/coach will use the path on the left/bathroom side of the small tent/clubhouse.
- Leaving the boathouse, the athlete/coach will use the path on the right/water side of the small tent/clubhouse.
- Please be conscious not to gather in the Bay Door area; it seems to be a gathering spot. Keep distance and do not stand in the Bay doors.
Dock Traffic Pattern:
- Take your boat to the water on the Middle Ramp, closest to the Small Tent/Boathouse.
- Return your boat using the East Ramp, closest to the Big Tent/ Boathouse.