The Thursday Bridge Club
As we all know, the Covid-19 crisis is worsening by the day and almost all major sporting events have been cancelled or postponed. Until yesterday, the EBU’s advice had been, effectively, to play while taking due care, but yesterday afternoon it changed its advice to the following:
‘Clubs we advise to follow government/PHE instructions. If you are unable to comply for whatever reason (inability to observe social distancing, inadequate sanitation) then we strongly advise closure pro tem.’
The Committee already had the subject under urgent discussion, but this has clarified the thinking. There were existing concerns about contact with potentially infected third parties and the general vulnerability of the bridge playing population and their partners As I understand the new advice, however, it is inherently impossible for four people sitting round a bridge table to comply with the government’s social distancing criterion (which is, I believe, two metre separation).
For these reasons and in the light of the EBU’s advice, we have decided to suspend play at The Thursday Bridge Club with immediate effect and sine die. A notice will shortly appear on our web-site to that effect.
A separate decision will be made about competitions which are due to be played during the period of suspension.
The EBU for one, are looking at the possibility of organised play on-line and details will no doubt appear on the EBU’s web-site www.ebu.co.uk. For those who may not know about it, you can also get or organise an on-line game at www.bridgebase.com – registration is free.
This is an unfortunate and regrettable but, I fear, inevitable step. The Committee will keep you informed of developments during the period of suspension, and we will reinstate play as soon as it is felt to be safe to do so.
I look forward to seeing you all again later in the year.
Eric van Duffelen
16 March 2020