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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


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.


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.

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