20th November 2020
Dear Members

As we are in the midst of a second national lockdown, and amidst the media hype about potential vaccines for the pandemic, it is natural that questions are coming in about the plans for the club for the future. I am sure you are all aware that the likelihood of the pandemic abating soon is fairly low, and that there is always a risk of those not prepared to accept vaccinations, (or who cannot have them for health reasons). These will affect our decisions of how, and when, to return to meetings in person.

Excluding December 2020, the committee is, and has been, meeting monthly. This will continue to be so into 2021. This monthly meeting program is exceptional and specifically to review the prevailing conditions regarding Covid-19, and its impact on the club.

We have a number of options which we are considering in order to ensure a smooth transition after the pandemic. None of these have been announced, and will not be until we can definitely confirm any changes to our current course of “zoom meetings only”. We cannot predict the way things will go in the next few months, or further. Definitely, for the 2020/2021 season, all meetings will be held using zoom, regardless of vaccinations and/or restrictions being lifted.

We do not anticipate opening our doors soon, but we do have ideas and plans for going forward safely. We have a list of options which we will be able to implement when it looks to return to normal. On behalf of myself and the committee, I would like to assure you all that no rash decisions will be made, to re-open our doors.

Our primary concern is keeping our members safe. It is important to us to keep the club active and well supported during these unprecedented times, which we are doing, with your support. The club is its members, and no risks will be taken.

If there is any plan to move away from zoom meetings at any point later in 2021 or further ahead, this will be considered very carefully with a view to the safety of all, and club members will be fully informed well in advance.

If you have any concerns in the interim, please feel free to raise them with myself, or any other committee member.

Best regards
Catherine

14th November 2020
Whilst the Braunstone Civic Center is potentially taking room bookings for the 2020/2021 season, this is still unconfirmed, and will remain unconfirmed until we can liaise with the center after the current lock-down period. We are hoping for the best, and that physical meetings will resume for the next season, however, we will be fully prepared if this turns out not to be the situation.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer any studio group meetings for the current season, and these are suspended until further notice. Our primary concern in our members safety, and we will only review listing this suspension after the pandemic loses momentum. At that point, we will decide on our future plan for reinstatement of this popular group.

17th August 2020
It was reported that the Braunstone Civic centre is still not accepting bookings, and current advice from central and local government has not changed significantly to allow physical meetings. We've also prepared a working plan for potentially allowing a limited studio group to continue to meet when possible. The committee is also following up on Public Liability Insurance issues relating to any gatherings.

20th July 2020
During the meeting on the 20th July, it was decided the committee would meet monthly via zoom as the current situation evolves.
We also discussed the current issues relating to Covid-19 that affect the club. A decision was taken to hold all meetings on Zoom for the 2020/2021 season. The main reasons for this were;
  • guidelines from central and local government
  • the lack of availability of a socially distanced meeting space
  • the vulnerability of some members of the club
  • issues connected with liability insurance.
  • There was also a member survey which showed a significant majority would prefer Zoom meetings.

With continuous review meetings, it is hoped that LFPS can return to normal when the issues are resolved and sustained favourable conditions allow. The committee is always happy to hear constructive comments from LFPS members.