Club COVID policies
All individuals visiting the club for any activity must either complete the online pre-access screening and acknowledgement form before attending at HBSC property or fill out and submit a paper copy.
On land activities
- One instructor/activity leader shall be responsible for locking/unlocking the gate and club on entry and exit.
- As long as provincial regulations and/or municipal by-laws place limit on the numbers of individuals who may attend at organized gatherings, class/activity sizes will comply with those regulations and/or by-laws.
- Every person who enters the HBSC clubhouse for any purpose will utilise the sanitizer provided at the entrance to the downstairs classroom to perform sanitation of all locks / door handles / light switches / railings / tabletops and arm chairs.
- All on-land participants will be informed of the requirement to maintain physical distancing (2meters) at all times, except for brief incidental passing and signage shall be posted to this effect.
- A Sanitizer station will be placed at entrance to the building.
- Soap and paper towels shall be stocked in all bathrooms. Garbage cans and paper towels will be placed beside doors to encourage the use of paper towels to open and close doors.
- There will be a limit of two people in the bathroom at any one time.
- There will be a limit of one person on the stairs at any one time.
- Participants to club events are encouraged to bring their own utensils and or mugs if desired, which shall be clearly labelled and not shared. If club utensils are used they will not be shared and a single individual shall be responsible for removing and returning the items to the club kitchen.
- If more than one activity will be conducted on site during the same time period, the start and end times of such activities will be staggered to ensure only one group is arriving on site at a time or leaving at a time. Start and end times will be clearly communicated to all participants before the activity.
- Breaks during class time will be coordinated to reduce the number of individuals on break at the same time.
- Instructors/seminar/activity leaders will wear gloves for the purpose of handling text papers or other materials handled by students and shall dispose of gloves after use.
- If, during the course of any on-land activity, the activity leader determines that an activity or activities require contact between two or more participants of less than 2 meters, that activity shall not take place until the instructor/leader has considered wither alternative ways of performing the activity that do not require it, alternative methods that minimize number of people in proximity and length of time in proximity.
- If there are activities which require co-ordination or arrangement of work with close proximity, to the extent possible all such communications and arrangements shall take place by phone or email before attending on site.
- If there are activities which will require the use of tools, arrangements to provide for separate non-shared tools between participants will be made. If this is not possible, then gloves will be provided and disposed of by the participants after handling of the shared tools.
- During any periods where people must be in an enclosed indoor space, or in a proximity to each other of under 2 meters, masks must be worn. Signage regarding masks and instructions on how to put on and take off safely shall be posted in the club house.
- All participants will be instructed to wash hands before and after classes and before and after putting on and taking off a mask.
On water activities
- All students, members and volunteers participating in on-water activities shall be required to read and sign an acknowledgement that while sailing on HBSC boats it may not be possible to maintain a 2 meter distance from all other individuals at all times.
- In order to enable social distancing to the greatest extent possible on HBSC Boats, the maximum crew on any A Boat shall be three people. The maximum crew on any B Boat shall be four people.
- Face coverings must be worn while on board HBSC Boats unless a 2 meter distance can be maintained between participants. In compliance with Ontario Regulations and recommendations of health officials in place as of July 31, 2020, individuals residing in the same household are permitted to ‘book a boat’ on the same vessel through the book a boat website, or be present at the same time on any HBSC boat without wearing masks or maintaining a 2 meter distance from others in the same household only.
- Disinfectant wipes will be provided on each boat and replenished as necessary. Confirming adequate supply of Disinfectant wipes will appear on the pre-launch checklist for all boats. Disinfectant wipes will be used to wipe down the tiller / wheel between each a change of skipper and winch handles between each change of crew member using the winch handle.
- The crew taking out a boat are responsible for disinfecting boat surfaces both above and below deck before beginning sailing and before leaving the boat after sailing, paying special attention to the head. This item will appear on the pre and post-launch checklist for all boats. Disinfectant and a bucket and brush will be present for this purpose on every boat.
- Time will be built into the book-a-boat schedule to facilitate this pre and post boat deck cleaning and disinfecting.
- Arrival and departure times will be staggered by boat to avoid congregation on the docks on arrival. Arrival times for each boat will be published on the HBSC website.
- Crew members shall not go below except as necessary for the safe operation of the vessel and stowage of gear.
- Club owned life jackets shall be taken from the ‘clean’ area of the storage bin and returned to the ‘used’ area of the bin for disinfection before being returned to service.
- HBSC will track boat usage by all members. In the event any member has either a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 that boat will be taken out of service in accordance with HBSC policy and all individuals who have sailed on that boat within 14 days of the suspected or confirmed infection will be informed, appropriate health authorities will be informed and guidance of health officials followed.
- When entering the Club house the same regulations will apply as for all on land activities.
- All other HBSC Safety Protocols remain in effect and skippers are required to use their best sailing judgement to determine if the wearing of face coverings is at any point posing a hazard to the safe operation of the vessel, having regard to the skill level of the crew, the weather conditions and any other pertinent factors