Covid safety at the Regatta

Colin LawsonNews

As race weekend nears we need to remind competitors of a number of important points:

You will have seen in the competitors instructions that the New Elvet/Leazes bridge is currently closed for major repairs. As such all vehicular access to the Regatta site should be via the A1(J61 Bowburn)/A177 or A1 (J63 Chester-le-Street)/A167/A177 (via the Cock of the North roundabout). Instructions are at The weather for once looks to be warm and sunny. Please bring appropriate sun protection, hats, water bottles etc.

The catering facilities at Durham ARC are set up to operate in a Covid safe manner. There are facilities for both sit down and takeaway food but everything must be ordered via the online ordering system with food delivered to the table or collection point. This is likely to be busy at times so access may be restricted.

Note that Durham County Council have specifically said that takeaway food may NOT be consumed on the Racecourse riverbanks.

Finally we must stress that running the Regatta in a Covid safe manner is of vital importance. Everyone must take appropriate precautions. Durham County Council have today said…
“As I’m sure you’re aware, Covid cases are rising slightly in the region and there will be additional Covid compliance checks carried out over this weekend to support and advise hospitality venues etc.

As part of this they will visit the regatta site. I’m sure you’ll be doing this anyway, but you may want to reiterate the no-spectator rule to participating clubs.”

Copies of the Covid mitigation poster can be downloaded from

Please support us in delivering a safe and enjoyable regatta. We hope you have a successful weekend of racing.