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Covid-19 measures at HYC

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.


  • The full text of the updated emergency regulations can be found here: [click to view] 
  • The Order-in-Council (as of January 13) can be found here: [click to view] 
  • A summary document from the Ministry of Health can be found here: [click to view]

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.

Visiting your boat at HYC

  • Continue to self assess prior to visiting your boat
  • Do not visit the club or your boat if you feel unwell, have traveled outside of Canada within 14 days, have had contact with anyone with Covid-19
  • Report any illness to the Vice Commodore
  • Maintain physical distancing - Be especially considerate of others walking down center docks, sharing sidewalks and entering the washrooms
  • Keep a mask or face covering with you at all times when at the club so that you can don it any time it may be difficult to maintain physical distancing
  • Wash your hands well and often or use hand sanitizer
  • Go out sailing on your boat - enjoy same day sailing or anchorages
  • Some marinas and clubs are open to transients, but many are closed so be sure to check before you go
  • Enjoy your boat at the dock
  • Keep visitors to your boat to household members and people that are in your "social circle"*

*You are responsible to ensure your visitors are aware of and follow all HYC guidelines and procedures.

Picnic tables, BBQs & Ice

  • We have placed two picnic tables instead of the usual three for member use on the cement pads at the ends of the docks to facilitate physical distancing
  • The shelters can be erected to provide shade
  • Hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes are coming for these areas, but you can bring your own when using these areas
  • Wipe down any touch surfaces after use
  • If you like, you can also use gloves while using any common touch surfaces
  • The ice freezer is accessible with your club key and there is a handwashing station in that area as well for you to use

Surveillance OD program

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.

Clubhouse & workshop

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.

Cruises & Racing

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.

 Tips for mast stepping

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...

  • Think through the steps you need to take to step your mast
  • Have everything ready including tools and the minimum number of helper
  • Do your best to maintain physical distancing but everyone should be wearing a mask or face covering which is the recommendation for when it may be difficult to maintain 6'/2m apart
  • Clean any tools used before and after

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.

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.

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:

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:

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