WCC COVID reopening
Effective June 4, 2020
Phased reopening at WCC follows a nationwide pattern of beginning to return to some normalcy. As all area jurisdictions are doing WCC leadership will monitor club usage and if members begin to congregate in larger groups than allowed, ignore social distancing/mask usage, invite too many guests/entire families, or are simply showing up at the same times in unsafe numbers we may be forced to revert to a more restrictive policy. We may also have to do that should the data on COVID-19 cases in the area show a significant spike.
The pandemic is far from over in this region.
Thanks to all members for your patience and cooperation with the initial restrictions from March through July. We know you will continue to be responsible.
Continue social distancing: Try to keep at least 6 feet between you and anyone you do not live with. Please watch your small children. We know it can difficult to keep them away from others but it is very important.
Face masks: Strongly encouraged at the club when not eating or drinking.
Guest limit: One or two guests per member. The goal is to keep the overall numbers down. Keep it limited.
Two-person boats are permitted*: Note that this was the most-debated point among board members. We are allowing two-person boats but this is a member decision relating to your own health, safety, and risk tolerance. No fours, OC-6’s, or war canoes for now. OC-2's and two-person canoes are permitted. Masks are encouraged for non-competitive paddlers in the same boat who do not live together (generally not breathing as heavily).
*A rare exception on the big boats: WCC has a few families who can actually paddle fours or OC-6’s. They still can. Also, a couple with a child (three people) is permitted in a canoe.
Paddling groups: The limit had been four boats together on the water. It is now ten boats (but please don’t paddle closely and directly behind another boat.
Congregate in groups of six or less: Whether at a table or in just in chairs, please limit groups to no more than six people. Please wear masks when not eating/drinking.
No parties: Party requests will NOT be approved until further notice (no birthdays, graduations, multi-family, all-member parties, etc.).
Use of the picnic tables is permitted: Staying six feet away from others at a table is impossible so table use by non-cohabiting members is discouraged but permitted (it is permitted for outdoor dining in DC so we won’t disallow it). Please wear masks when not eating/drinking.
Use of the grills is permitted: We will space them out.
Don’t stay for hours: If you want to hang out for a short while before or after your paddle that’s OK.
Times to avoid: Non-competitors be aware that the peak group training times at the club are Monday and Wednesday evenings 5-8pm, and weekend mornings 8am-noon. If you can avoid those days/times and can conveniently paddle other days or times, please do.
Weight room: Still closed. Sorry.
Stay away if sick…with anything! This should be obvious.
Members or guests who have tested positive for COVID-19: If you have been at the club when you may have been or know you were infected please notify someone on the Board so we can engage in contact tracing to let others know if they may have been exposed. This is critically important. We will protect your privacy as best as possible.