Southwestern Health Unit moves to Orange – Restrict Alert Status

The province has announced that Southwestern a health unit is moving to the Orange health alert status on Monday, March 1st.  With this announcement we can now welcome members residing in health units that are in Green, Yellow and Orange alert status. The following rules and restrictions will apply.

Club AccessMembers Only.

Reservations are required via the web site.  Each player must reserve.  Note that members are NOT reserving a court but are reserving one of the 10 allowable “person slots” for a given time period. 
The club is open for recreational play (7 days a week) as per the reservation tool.  Members will have to take a self screening test before registering. This is available online and on the club entrance door.
Face CoveringsMandatory – in all areas of the facility except the courts when competing and training.
DistancingPhysical distance of at least 2m from every other person must be maintained; when on court there should be no contact and every effort to maintain 2m physical distancing should be made.
Facility CapacityA maximum of 10   persons in the court areas.A maximum of 10 persons in the lounge areas. (Maximum 90-minute duration).A maximum of 20 persons in the facility.
Type of PlayRecreational Singles and doubles play is permitted with no contact but limited to the 10-person limit.
Leave at least one empty court between doubles play.
CoachingPrivate and club supplied coaching. (Students and parents/guardians are limited by facility capacity limits.)   No contact

As Ontario continues to reopen, the club will relax restrictions to align with government and public health guidelines. 

Club Re-opening after Lockdown

The provincial government has announced that the Southwestern health unit will be moving to the “Red – Control” alert status on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.  We expect that the region will remain in this status for two weeks. This announcement permits the Woodstock Badminton Club to re-open.

The club will open on Tuesday February 16th for singles play only.

The province is discouraging travel of  persons from high risk (red and grey) health zones to other  health zones.

Therefore, the only members that can utilize courts at this time are members that reside in the Southwestern health unit (zone) and members that reside in a health unit (zone) that is in orange, yellow or green alert status.

This approach is consistent with the restrictions that were in place before the lockdown in December when the club was not open to members outside of the Southwestern zone that resided  in red zones.

We look forwarding to welcoming back members as he provincial restrictions relax.

Orange – Restrict Alert Status

Dear WBC Members:

Today Premier Ford has placed the Southwestern Health Board into Orange  (Restrict) Alert Status effective Monday November 23, 2020.  

All existing Yellow (Protect) Zone expectations continue to be in effect. The key difference from our status as Yellow is we now need to conduct a COVID-19 screening of all participants prior to entry into the club for each and every visit.  We have added this self screening questionnaire to the WBC website.  Please complete this screening process prior to your booking.  The confirmation of your booking is your assertion that you have completed this screening process and are declaring yourself safe to enter the Club.  For those that have already booked sessions for next week, we ask you to complete the self assessment separately as a precaution to your entry into the club.

Please note that we have made some temporary changes to the  official Schedule within our Reservation Tool as per our WBC Schedule Policy.  The changes include extending the Badminton reservation block on Tuesdays from 6 to 10 pm and adding an additional block of time for Badminton on Thursday from 5 to 7pm.  These additions are to accommodate the high number of participants that normally play on these two nights but are limited by the reduction of participants to 10 players.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind members that the non-programmed time slots (off hours) are available for either sport and may result in both sports being played at the same time on different courts.  When making this reservation please precede your name with a P (for pickleball) or B (for Badminton) so that other people making a reservation can see who and what sport has already been booked.  That provides members with an informed decision in the event that they choose to not want to play under these conditions.  I highly recommend that when these situations occur that an unused court is maintained between the 2 in use courts wherever possible for safety purposes.  Your cooperation and consideration goes a long way to ensure that our Club is a welcoming environment for all.

Finally, I have noted that Kitchener/Waterloo has joined the list of Red (Control) Zones effective on Monday.  Please refrain from coming to the Club if you reside in a Red Zone or Lockdown zone.  We all have a responsibility to help flatten the curve and keep this virus from winning.

Stay safe and be well,

Terry Dunnigan ~ President WBC