Dear WBC Members:
As you may have heard today, the Province of Ontario is now implementing additional Covid restrictions in response to the increasing spread of the Omicron variant. The new measures will kick in on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 12:01 a.m. and will remain in effect for at least 21 days, until Jan. 26/22 and includes the Woodstock Badminton Club as a facility that provides Sport activities. Specific details from the Ontario Province are as follows:
- Indoor dining at restaurants and bars closed.
- Only outdoor dining, takeout, drive through and delivery permitted.
- Social gathering limits reduced to five people indoors and 10 people outdoors.
- Retail stores, malls, public libraries and personal care services limited to 50 per cent capacity.
- Saunas, steam rooms and oxygen bars closed.
- Capacity at weddings, funerals and religious services limited to 50 per cent capacity per room.
- Outdoor services must have two-metre distancing between all attendees.
- Employees must work remotely unless their work requires them to be on site.
- Gyms and other indoor recreational sport facilities closed, except athletes training for the Olympics and Paralympics and certain professional and elite sports leagues.
- Outdoor facilities are permitted but with a 50 per cent capacity limit on spectators.
- Museums, galleries, zoos, science centres, historic sites, amusement parks, festivals and other attractions closed.
- Outdoor establishments allowed with restrictions and capacity limits.
- Indoor meeting and event spaces closed with limited exceptions, except those with outdoor spaces, which can operate with restrictions.
Your WBC Board of Directors have met to discuss these new measures and wish to report to our members that the Woodstock Badminton Club will be closed to all uses and members effective Wednesday January 5 at 12:01am. Signage to this effect will be posted on all entrances and Fobs will be disengaged to prevent any unauthorized access to the club. There will be no rentals allowed or use by other community agencies during this period.
We note that this is not the way we hoped this New Year would begin and trust that this is not for a long period of closure as experienced last year. We will continue to monitor this situation daily and will keep all members apprised of any changes to these measures or when we can reopen.
Thank you for your assistance and cooperation in these efforts to keep our members safe and our club compliant with these new Provincial Regulations.
Until we meet again on the courts, we wish you a New Year of hope, health, and happiness.
Terry Dunnigan ~ President WBC