January 14, 2021
The Ontario government has invoked a province-wide, stay-at-home order that took effect January 14 at 1201 a.m. The Committee of Management has reviewed the Order and related legislation and considered the implications for the club. Please honor the intent of the order by not traveling to HYC unnecessarily while the order is in place.
Please note however that HYC’s Winter OD program continues during this period.
As always, club members must pre-screen before coming to do their duty. If you have flu-like symptoms or have been in close contact recently with someone who does, or someone who has or is suspected to test positive for Covid, do not show up onsite. If you are unable to do your OD shift for this or any other reason - you must secure your own replacement. If you cannot do so, or require help with this during this period, please let the Commodore know.
Traveling to the club for the purpose of performing OD duty is provided for in the various exceptions that permit activities necessary for the safe operation and maintenance of businesses or other places, as well as volunteering where the nature of the work or volunteering requires the individual to leave their residence.
If club members have any questions on this please don’t hesitate to ask.
July 14 2020 - Updates and Reminders
COVID-19 Provincial Regulations and Recommendations Update (June 15)
Physical distancing and social circles
Physical distancing is still the best way to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 along with diligent hand washing and hygiene. The Ontario government has now permitted the formation of social circles of up to 10 people. This expands upon your “household bubble”. Within that circle, people can relax the 2m distancing recommendations. These will be people you can have out sailing on your boat with you.
For more information on how to properly form your social circle visit: https://files.ontario.ca/moh-how-to-build-your-social-circle-en-2020-06-12.pdf
Social gathering sizes
It is now permitted to have social gatherings of up to 10 people while still maintaining the 2m physical distancing rule. This of course applies to people outside of your social circle described above.
When to wear a mask
The province has recommended wearing a mask whenever it is difficult to maintain the 2m physical distance rule.
*You are responsible to ensure your visitors are aware of and follow all HYC guidelines and procedures.
For the time being, we will be continuing with the surveillance OD program that was put in place at the start of the pandemic response. This program uses a specific group of volunteers. Should this change further communication will be sent out.
The clubhouse and workshop* remain closed at the point with the exception of the washrooms and access to the first aid equipment.
* Access to the workshop is available to use your club key to run the mast rack hoists.
As announced before, HYC cruises and the Basin Racing series are canceled until further notice. Your HYC Fleet Captain and Social Director are looking at ways to have some fun races and/or events that can follow the regulations. This may become easier as more rules relax. Stay tuned for more information.
Many members have already stepped their masts, which is a welcomed sight. For those that have not yet done their mast, here are some tips...
Cleaning wipes and hand sanitizer are available on top of the pump out station. Please use it to clean before and after using the mast crane and pump out.
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.
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.
Contractors working on your boat
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).
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:
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March 13, 2020
The Committee of Management has instituted the following measures at HYC to help prevent the spread of Covid-19:
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