We hope that you and your families are doing well during this challenging time. Our connections with you, and the entire Barrie Yacht Club community are where we find meaning and purpose as an organization.
We wanted to send an update to ongoing developments in regards to COVID-19 and how they are impacting you and our club.
Outdoor Recreation Amenities Closed under Emergency Order
On Monday March 30, 2020, Ontario's previous Emergency Order was extended to April 13, 2020 (they legally can only announce 2 weeks at a time). In addition, outdoor recreation amenities, private and public, were included in the order and deemed that all were to be closed immediately. The club remains closed to comply with the directive of the Government of Ontario.
Highlight of the government announcement is below:
"This new order would close all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities everywhere in Ontario, including but not limited to playgrounds, sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, off-leash dog parks, beaches, skateboard and BMX parks, picnic areas, outdoor community gardens, park shelters, outdoor exercise equipment, condo parks and gardens, and other outdoor recreational amenities."
No person shall enter or use an outdoor recreational amenity except for a maintenance, safety, law enforcement or other similar purpose. Note that fines can be given to individuals (up to $1,000), organizations (up to $10 million) and/or Directors of Organizations (up to $500,000).
Barrie COVID-19 Emergency Measures Bylaw
The new by-law prohibits certain activities and regulates physical distancing to help contain the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Individuals not adhering to physical distancing regulation can be fined a minimum of $500 and maximum of up to $100,000 for each offence.
Lift-In and Club Activities Suspended
Due to the Provincial Emergency Order, lift-in and all club activities are suspended until further notice.
Your executive has been participating in calls with Ontario Sailing and other organizations to ensure compliance and to determine the best course of action moving forward. There will be other issues to be considered by the Executive arising out of this pandemic and the emergency orders, such as our sailing school, our budgets, and the ongoing maintenance of the club. The executive will be dealing with these and other impacts due to the delay of the season as more information becomes available.
These are extraordinary times demanding unusual measures. Barrie Yacht Club members are expected to do their part in contributing to efforts ease the pandemic. Your actions and sacrifices will play an important role in this difficult time. In the interim, please stay safe, practice social distancing, and above all, wash your hands! Thank you to the Executive for their leadership and counsel on this issue.
If you have any questions, please email me.