(Updated June 29th, 2020)
Understanding the frequent changes announced by the Ontario government has been a challenge over the past few weeks, but with respect to the EOTB, the Ontario Regulation 263/20, Schedule 1, paragraphs 2 and 24 are the most relevant to our club.
Paragraph 1 indicates that the regional health units responsbile for the areas in which we play are in stage 2.
Paragraph 24, which applies to tour and guide services (specifically including trail riding tours and motor vehicle tours), subparagraph 2 specifies the number of people ont he tour, including guides, cannot exceed 10 people.
As of today, these regulations have a revocation date of July 10th, however the declaration of emergency has been extended until July 15th, so we may still see those revocation dates extended.
As we continue to navigate the provincial regulation enacted during this pandemic, the board has made the difficult decision to cancel Camp EOTB for this season. While the current restrictions, cited above, expire on July 10th, the possibility of extension makes it unfeasible for us to move forward. The board will be meeting in the coming days to plan alternative activities for that weekend that will comply with the current restrictions.
While we took a breather this past weekend, the EOTB hosted a total of 7 trail runs in the previous two. The trail lottery system has proven an effective way of getting our members out on the trail while adhering to the current provincial regulations. We will continue with this model until restrictions are loosened further.
Thank you to all the trail leaders who have volunteered to make these events happen.
Our interpretation of the current provincial guidance is that people are permitted to use the trails, in alignment with this, members are free to organize buddy runs. It is our recommendation, however 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 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.
As of now, our next wing night, scheduled for July 13th, falls outside of the provincial order dates and will therefore remain on the calendar. Please check back frequently, as this may change.
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, the next Overland trip is scheduled for July 10th.
We ask for your patience and your continued adherence to the guidance presented above.
President, Eastern Ontario Trail Blazers