Covid Protocols & Policy



These are the protocols we have adopted
to keep everyone safe

Vaccination – All coaches and athletes must be fully vaccinated to participate.*  We strongly encourage all athletes to get their booster shots when eligible (and it will likely be required for the spring season).  All coaches have received the booster already.

Masks – Masks are required when indoors (Erg Room and Gym) at all times. We strongly encourage the use of medical-grade KF94, KN95, or N95 masks.  According to a recent Globe article, you can order them online at, a nonprofit that sells medical-grade masks to consumers. Mask must cover nose and mouth. Masks are optional outside and on the water (fall and spring seasons).

Disinfecting – We will continue to disinfect the oar grips and erg handles after each row (spring).  Ergs are to be wiped with disinfectant after each use.

Coxswains (Spring and Fall) – Are asked to place a finger cot (AB will supply) over the microphone. Please dispose of properly after practice. Coxswains in stern coxed boats are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.

Testing – To the extent free testing is available at your school, weekly testing will be required.  Athletes in the other sports are required to do so.  We will do the same.

Quarantine – Do not come to practice or a regatta if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or if you test positive.  In that case, notify your coach ASAP.  You will then be required at a minimum to follow applicable CDC Guidelines before returning to practice or participating in a regatta:  If you have close contact** with someone who tests positive or experiences symptoms, then you may have to quarantine if you are 18 or older and have not received a booster.  Because all coaches and athletes are fully vaccinated, we anticipate that most of you will not be required to quarantine as a result of close contact.

Arlington-Belmont Crew requires that all athletes and coaches be fully vaccinated to participate, absent a health or religious exemption to be considered at our discretion. A fully vaccinated person is one who is 14 days out from either their 2nd dose of a two-dose vaccine regimen or the single dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Those who have had the Covid-19 virus and have recovered are NOT considered fully vaccinated. Be advised that, starting in the spring 2022 season, AB Crew is expected to require the booster shot.  In anticipation of this requirement, we strongly urge you to get the booster shot when you first become eligible.

** Close contact, according to the CDC Guidelines means: Someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). If you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, you should quarantine if you are in one of the following groups:

  • You are ages 18 or older and completed the primary series of recommended vaccine, but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible.
  • You received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot.
  • You are not vaccinated or have not completed a primary vaccine series.
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