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Covid-19 measures at HYC

May 13, 2020

The Committee of Management approved a rigorous set of procedures in light of COVID-19, to be followed by HYC members (and/or their helper or contractor)  when accessing their boats for the purpose of preparing them for launch.

To be clear, members will only be able to access the HYC boatyard on designated days according to the emailed schedule, and only AFTER having read and agreeing to the procedures via the link that was also emailed out.

These procedures conform to the guidelines set out by the Ontario government for essential workplaces as well as recommendations from the city, other governing bodies, and best practices. They are the measures HYC is implementing to ensure the safety of members and others during this restricted period of preparing our boats for launch.  Access is made possible by the easing of provincial restrictions for the purpose of work/ boat preparation only.

Your adherence to these procedures is mandatory. Each of us has a vital role to play in supporting provincial and municipal efforts to manage the impacts of COVID-19 on our most vulnerable citizens and on our health care system and to keep each other safe.  Together, we can do our part.

Procedures for HYC member access to boats for launch preparation


Self-assessment

Before you come down to the club you must self-assess.

1. Are you experiencing any symptoms? (cough, shortness of breath, fever)

2. Have you been in contact with anyone that is ill with Covid-19?

3. Have you traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days?

4. Are you experiencing any symptoms not associated with a known/stable medical condition such as allergies? (runny nose, sneezing, sore throat, fatigue, headaches)

If you answer "yes" to any of these questions DO NOT come to work on your boat.

You will also be asked to self-assess prior to entering the property. If while at HYC working on your boat you begin to feel symptomatic you are asked to leave the property and contact the Vice Commodore, Chris Reynolds at 416-930-5811.

 

Preparing your boat

1. Only come to work on your boat during your assigned time slot

2. Avoid gathering

3. Maximum of two people per boat

4. Observe physical distancing guidelines (6ft/2m) at all times

5. Wear a mask (a cloth mask will suffice)

6. Bring your own food and water

7. Wash your hands well and often (see below)


Washroom OPEN. Clubhouse and Work Shop CLOSED

The clubhouse and the workshop remain closed. There is no access to the kitchen, sailors lounge, or great hall. Access to the washrooms will be available through the north door only. Max of one person per washroom (men's/women's) at a time. If they are occupied you are asked to wait outside until the washroom is free. To facilitate washroom access cleaning has been increased to daily. All touch surfaces will receive extra attention. You are asked to be mindful of what you touch and to do things such as using a paper towel to close the faucet or open the door. The outdoor sink on the east side of the clubhouse will also be available for handwashing.


Scheduled Access – REFER TO THE SCHEDULE THAT WAS EMAILED TO EACH MEMBER.

Note: Scheduled access begins on Saturday, May 16, 2020, for members in the blue group only.

Members have been divided into groups and assigned specific days on which to prepare their boats for launch. This schedule has been designed to optimize physical distancing and reduce the number of people on the grounds at one time.  There are five groups, each identified with a colour. The accompanying schedule shows which groups (colours) are scheduled to be able to work on which days.

Members may only be at HYC, and to work on their boats, during their assigned time slot. Conflicts with the schedule that are unavoidable (such as work commitments) can be communicated to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and an alternate arrangement may be able to be put in place. Note: any change to the schedule must be approved by the Harbour Master before taking effect.

 

Contractors working on your boat

You must notify the Rear Commodore at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have engaged a contractor to work on your boat and include details of who, and when. Contractors must follow the same guidelines and procedures as everyone else.


Reporting Illness

The provincial guidelines require that we institute a system for reporting illness. The symptoms of COVID-19 are like many other illnesses, including the cold and flu. Anyone who has any symptoms related to cold, flu or COVID-19 should go home or stay home. Anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 who has been on HYC property within 14 days is obliged to contact the HYC Vice Commodore, Chris Reynolds at 416-930-5811. All reports will be held in strictest confidence. In addition, you are advised to complete the online self-assessment (https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/) or call either: Telehealth: 1-866-797-0000 or your primary care provider (for example, family physician).

Going forward

As the situation evolves, we will continue to update these procedures as necessary to remain current with federal, provincial, or municipal orders. We continue to work toward a plan for launch that will conform with these orders.  As soon as the plan is complete, we will as always meet as a COM to deliberate and to communicate those plans and outcomes to you.

April 7, 2020

Full closure of HYC facilities and grounds - effective Tuesday, April 7 @ 7:30 pm

As required per Ontario Emergency Order 104/20 announced March 30 requiring all outdoor recreational amenities and sports facilities to close, and in consideration of the Ontario list of essential workplaces published effective, April 4 which does not include yacht clubs, and which requires all businesses (public or private, for-profit or not-for-profit) not included on the list to close,  as well as city of Toronto emergency bylaw 322-2020 requiring compliance with physical distancing guidelines in Toronto parks -- Highland Yacht Club must now close completely, effective Tuesday, April 7 at 7:30 pm.

Access to HYC grounds beyond 7:30 pm Tuesday, April 7 will ONLY be permitted as explicitly authorized by an HYC flag officer as required for maintenance, safety, law enforcement or other similar purposes.

March 30, 2020

The clubhouse will remain closed until further notice.

March 24, 2020

Postponement of Launch and Closure of HYC Clubhouse

After careful deliberation, the HYC Committee of Management has unanimously voted to postpone launch, originally scheduled for April 25th in light of official health guidelines with respect to Covid-19.

In addition, the HYC clubhouse will be closed effective 11:59 pm Tuesday March 24th, initially for a period of one week, subject to extension upon further review. (Entry will be permitted for individuals previously authorized by COM to perform urgent maintenance or administrative functions only).

Until further notice, Officer of the Day duties must still be performed during this time. ODs will be contacted directly with further guidance on how to record their observations.

We appreciate that these measures will be a significant disappointment for some members, and will come as a huge relief for others.  These are extraordinary times, and they require an extraordinary response.   You can expect further communications from your Committee of Management as we navigate these unchartered waters together.

March 16, 2020

We have been carefully monitoring announcements by health officials and political leaders to ensure our actions as a club comply with or exceed the guidelines being shared.  Additionally, we have struck a Covid-19 working group to expedite the measures we can take at HYC to help flatten the curve of the virus’s progression and to contribute to securing the health and well-being of our members.

Please note that as of today:

  • Wednesday Social nights have been temporarily suspended, as have bookings for the Great Hall.  No new bookings will be accepted.
  • Members are asked not to gather at the club socially, and to minimize their use of club facilities.
  • The HYC kitchen is now closed until further notice.
  • Please respect social distancing protocols when working on your boats prior to launch, or when passing a fellow member.
  • Members are discouraged from bringing a guest onsite, unless absolutely necessary to help in preparing your boat for launch.
  • Members returning from abroad must self-isolate in accordance with federal guidelines for a minimum of 14 days from the day of their arrival, and will not be allowed to participate in work or launch crews until the 14 days has been observed. 
  • Returnees are asked to advise the Committee of Management immediately if their planned date of return is later than April 10.

For additional information about Covid-19 please visit:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html#faq
https://www.ontario.ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus
https://www.toronto.ca/home/covid-19
https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

March 13, 2020

The Committee of Management has instituted the following measures at HYC to help prevent the spread of Covid-19:

  • Increasing clubhouse cleaning to two times per week
  • Extra attention to the cleaning of touch surfaces
  • Hand sanitizer stations
  • Discontinuing the communal bowls of chips and snacks on social nights (we are looking at alternatives for the future)
  • Postponing the First aid & CPR/AED clinic until further notice

If you are looking for additional information about Covid-19 in Canada visit:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html#faq

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