COVID-19 SAFETY PLANS AND PROTOCOLS
The first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in British Columbia in late January 2020. The World Health Organization declared a worldwide pandemic on March 11, 2020 and a state of emergency was declared in BC on March 18, 2020. We, and the world, have had to adapt and pivot as various public health Orders have been issued. For many months and in some cases years, we have been unable to visit with family and friends. The Garden Club of Vancouver has been doing all it can under these trying circumstances to continue meetings by ZOOM with some wonderful guest speakers, and has offered various outdoor opportunities for members. Clearly, this is not ideal and we look forward to when our regular schedule of in person general meetings and activities can be resumed.
COVID however is still with us, with dangerous variants such as Delta and the new requirement for a Vaccine Passport. We have developed a Safety Plan to comply with Provincial requirements as well as those of the venues we plan to use. This Plan is outlined below.
The health and safety of our membership and their families is of the utmost importance to the Garden Club of Vancouver. Therefore, effective October 4, 2021 it is our Board of Directors approved policy to:
- comply with all Provincial Health Regulations and the venues we utilize related to COVID-19 requirements;
- require all members and their guests attending any meetings to be double vaccinated and to provide proof of such;
- require all members and their guests attending scheduled meetings to sign and submit a Declaration Form;
- accommodate members who are legally entitled to accommodation under the BC Human Rights Code, upon receiving written request along with appropriate supporting documentation.
This Policy will remain in effect until modified or rescinded by the Board.
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