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Welcome to St. Therese's
Happy Easter

Happy Easter to all our members & friends

It’s hard to believe that it’s more than a year since we played bridge in the club.  Many of you are continuing to play and enjoy bridge on BBO.  Some clubs have started Real Bridge, where you can see and speak to the other players at your table.  Bernie runs a game on Thursday mornings, so just let her know if you’d like to try it

There is hope for the future now that the vaccine is up and running.  Some of you have probably got your first dose already.  When restrictions ease, maybe we’ll be able to return in – sometime!  

Stay well

Phyllis & committee

 

Message from CBAI re CHEATING on BBO

To all St.Therese's BC members playing on the CBAI BBO Well Bridge Club platform

The CBAI requires that all players on their BBO platform read the "Ethical play on BBO" document on the menu to the left of this message. Because of the unfortunate prevalence of cheating during online play, anyone who wishes to participate in our BBO games must read this document and follow the directions given. These directions include confirming to me that you have read the document and ensuring that your real name appears in your BBO profile. Instructions for how to add your real name on BBO are given in the "How to add your real name to BBO profile" document in the menu. Whilst there is no suggestion whatever that anyone in this club is playing unethically it is an unfortunate fact that there are players who communicate with their partners during play or otherwise behave dishonestly when playing online. Please confirm to me when you have read this document. Regards, Bernie 

Charity event - Focus Ireland

A big thank you from Bernie, Marianne and Focus Ireland to all of you who played in the BBO games on Saturday 28th November and to all who made donations.  So far over €7,000 has been received from bridge players and money is still coming in.  This was a wonderful response and will be very much appreciated by Focus 

From our side, we’d like to thank Bernie for running the competition, it was a huge undertaking to manage a total of 59 tables! Well done Bernie

Thank you from Deirdre O'Regan

Deirdre and the O’Regan family wish to express their sincere gratitude to everyone who contacted them following Ronnie’s sad death in July.  They wish to thank all of you who sympathised with them by visits, phone calls, texts, cards and letters of condolence.   Deirdre is very appreciative of all the love and support that she received from club members

CBAI notice

The game of bridge in the Covid 19 era.

Preamble:

Some critical information:

  • COVID-19 is a highly infectious virus, for which there is currently no specific treatment or vaccine.

  • COVID-19 spreads readily from person to person: droplets (cough or sneeze) either directly from an infected person or by touching objects or surfaces (like doorknobs or tables) which have droplet contamination from an infected person, and then touching your mouth or face.

  • Infected people can spread the virus for up to 48 hours before showing any symptoms themselves. Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from very mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, while others may get very sick, very quickly.

  • Those most at risk of serious illness and death include:  all people 70 years & older, all people over 65 with chronic medical conditions especially diabetes and hypertension, all people with compromised immune systems.

  • There is little, if any, benefit in asymptomatic healthy people routinely wearing masks from day to day. Masks worn by infected people reduce the spread to others.

  • What does this mean for the bridge community here & world-wide: Bridge players fit the at-risk demographic in many ways – older, increased incidence of diabetes, hypertension, lung & other chronic diseases.

 

  • Bridge players usually sit within 1.5m of each other, usually for 16+ minutes. Adjacent tables add to the proximity risk.

  • Many items at bridge sessions are touched by many people – cards, bidding boxes and scoring devices, name sheets, travelling scoresheets, pens, refreshment cups & glasses.

  • Physical distancing definitely reduces the risk of transmission and is enforceable in law. The distancing requirement presents a challenge for every bridge club. How might your club develop a workable plan for restarting face-to-face bridge sessions?

Every bridge player who intends to go to their club to play bridge must ask themselves the following:

  • Do I have symptoms of cough, fever, high temperature, sore throat, runny nose, breathlessness or flu like symptoms now or in the past 14 days?
  • Have I been diagnosed with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infection in the last 14 days?
  • Have I been out of the country in the last 14 days?
  • Am I a close contact of a person who is a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 in the past 14 days (i.e. less than 2 metres for more than 15 minutes accumulative in 1 day)?
  • Have I been advised by a doctor to self-isolate at this time?
  • Have I been advised by a doctor to cocoon at this time?

If you answer YES to any of these – you MUST NOT attend the club.

What happens on arrival at the club?

Entry screening for all:

( a ) There will be a club member who acts as ‘entry monitor’.

( b ) Entrants complete a Self Declaration Form on the first time they return to the club.  

( c ) Perform a non-contact temperature check.

  • The best way forward is for your club is to have a Risk Assessment for dealing with the transmission of COVID-19
  1.  from player to player and

(ii) players touching hard surfaces or equipment already touched by an infected person while attending bridge playing sessions.

  • A Generic Risk Assessment for CBAI bridge clubs has been prepared (see below) and clubs can adapt this to suit their own plan.

  • Your club is responsible for ensuring that all members & visitors understand that COVID-19 is a real and major threat. Your club is strongly advised not to 'water down' any directives or guidelines, and to comply with Government and Health regulations as and when they are issued and updated.

The following are the primary player protection measures to have in place by clubs for returning to ‘live’ bridge in your club:

(a) Sanitiser products and wash facilities.

(b) Clean and sanitise all surfaces likely to be touched.

(c) Clear Plastic or Perspex table screens.

(d) Face masks or visors.

(e) Non-contact digital thermometer.

(f) All members to be made aware of the Risk Assessment.

(g) Proper signage to aid member’s awareness of all measures to be followed while attending bridge sessions.

(h) The playing room capacity will be reduced, as necessary, so as to observe social distancing.

(i) Each club will have one member to act as Covid lead, who will deal with Covid related issues as they are passed through to them.

(j) Each club will have one member to act as Entry Monitor.

Privacy notice

See under "Membership" for full club privacy notice

Some Bridge Trivia

Did you know –   Each king in a deck of cards represents a great king from history?  The King of Spades is King David; the King of Clubs is Alexander the Great; the King of Hearts is Charlemagne; the King of Diamonds is Julius Caesar!              With acknowledged thanks to "Three Rock Panorama".  

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