COVID-19 Response

(Updated April 7, 2021)

The Ottawa area, along with the rest of the province, the country and most of the world are still grappling with this pandemic. The EOTB will comply with provincial guidance with respect to hosting our trail events throughout the summer. With a province-wide stay-at-home order in effect beginning April 8th for at least 28 days, we have no choice but to postpone the start of our wheeling season. Those events will be postponed until a later date, as dictated by provincial guidelines.

Response Framework

As of this time, the province has paused the COVID-19 Response Framework (colour-coded zones). The presumption is that at the end of the lockdown, we will return to that framework. The EOTB will use the following framework in alignment and compliance with provincial measures based on the strictest measures dictated by either the Ottawa public health district or the district in which the event is scheduled.

Zone Guidelines
Prevent Organized outdoor public events and gatherings are limited to 100 people.

  • Trail Run events will be held as scheduled.
Protect Organized outdoor public events and gatherings are limited to 100 people.

  • Trail Run events will be held as scheduled.
Restrict Organized outdoor public events and gatherings are limited to 100 people.

  • Trail Run events will be held as scheduled.
Control Organized outdoor public events and gatherings are limited to 25 people.

  • Open Runs will be postponed or cancelled.
  • Member Runs will be held with limited attendance (10-12 vehicles) using the trail lottery system we established last season.
Lockdown Organized outdoor public events and gatherings are limited to 10 people.

  • Trail Run events will be postponed or cancelled.

Camp EOTB

Camp EOTB remains on the calendar at this time, we will be watching the provincial guidance and trends in COVID cases and make a determination on this event approximately 1 month from the event in order to give our friends at Black Donald an opportunity to rent to others the sites we currently have reserved for this event.

Trail Runs

Anyone attending EOTB trail runs will be expected to adhere with the provincial guidelines with respecto to face covering and physical distancing. In addition, it is imperative that  you adhere to these guidelines when you do venture out on the trail:

  • If you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19, or have reason to believe you have been exposed, stay home.
  • If you have traveled outside the country or province in the last 14 days, stay home.
  • During the event, maintain social distancing from those not in your household (stay 2m away)
  • Bring all equipment you require (tire gauge, air compressor, wrenches for swaybar, etc)
  • Only bring passengers that live in your home with you
  • Avoid shaking hands or direct contact with others. A Jeep wave will suffice (even if you don’t drive a Jeep)
  • If you must conduct an extraction, only one person should handle extraction gear. Self-extraction is recommended whenever possible.
  • It is highly recommended that all members have a CB to maintain communications with the group.
  • Dogs are permitted, but must be kept on leash or in vehicles at all times.

Wing Night

The club will continue hosting virtual wing nights until further notice. Even in “Prevent” zones, the gathering limit is 10 people, making wing nights impractical.

Overland Events

As overland events require additional preparation by the organizers and participants, we plan to provide a minimum of 8-10 days notice before an event cancellation. As of now, there aren’t any  Overland trips scheduled. We will be planning events in the near future.

We ask for your patience and your continued adherence to the guidance presented above.

Thank you, on behalf of the Board of Directors,

Paul Dufresne
President, Eastern Ontario Trail Blazers