March 17, 2020
Safe and Sound is the SPFGA's safety and facility-related system message broadcast.
So OK, this state of emergency...
By now, you've probably heard that the Government of Alberta declared a state of public health emergency today.

Lots of new changes arrive with that, and many more new requirements of Albertans to modify their activities to reduce disease transmission.

This announcement by Premier Kenney results in the closure of gyms, swimming pools, arenas, science centers, museums, art galleries, community centers, children's play centers, conferences, and family events such as weddings and funerals.

These changes come against the backdrop of the second two-day period of doubling in the number of COVID-19 cases in Alberta. This is a serious situation, unprecedented in the experience of most of us, in fact. These changes are necessary and responsible and the SPFGA Board supports them.
Things That Will Be Changing
First: The office is closed to walk-in traffic.

Until further notice, our business office at 5405 99 Street is closed to members. We will continue to process memberships and send out cards via Canada Post. Payments can be processed over the phone at 780-467-0085. Memberships and guest passes can be purchased via the website at spfga.ca.

Second: The clubhouse is closed to bookings.

Many of the closures invoked by the state of emergency today are indoor venues, where people are able to gather in numbers and rules of social distancing is difficult to observe. As the clubhouse is typically booked by groups, we will echo these closures. March clubhouse bookings will be cancelled, and no further bookings will be made until further notice.

Third: The April 18 Awards Banquet will likely not proceed.

We're still working out the details, but the Awards Banquet will almost certainly be cancelled. As an event with seniors attending, as well as potentially members with complex health issues or who are critical infrastructure workers, this event would exceed the 50 attendee maximum and as such cannot proceed. We're unclear at this point whether this will be a cancellation or rebooking later into the year, but we will keep you updated with the details.

Fourth: The Board will not be meeting in person.

The Sherwood Park & District Chamber of Commerce has cancelled all bookings of their meeting rooms until mid May. As these are the meeting spaces for the SPFGA Board, we will be exploring online virtual meeting options to ensure club business still proceeds.
Stuff That Won't Be Changing
First: The Ketchamoot Creek facility will be staying open.

Why aren't we closing it? Same reasons as before - range use tends to be a largely solitary activity and already involves people being 1-2 m apart. Ensuring we all observe this social distancing will be key to keeping the facility open.

Second: At this point, most club events will proceed as planned.

Same reasoning here too. Events typically fall well under the 50 person maximum and are pretty much compatible with social distancing. The standard risk mitigation stuff will be done, but at this point it doesn't look like we'll have to change this yet either.

We feel it's more important now than ever that members be able to enjoy outdoor activities. The intent of the changes brought in over recent days are intended to put physical space between people to prevent disease transmission, not trap us inside. Walking / skiing / snowshoeing on the trails or target shooting at the range are activities we can all enjoy while maintaining social distancing and preventing transmission of COVID-19. We will continue to keep things open as long as long as we're able.
Prevention Tips
To prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Ensure you maintain 1-2 m 'social distancing' - physical distance between people has been been shown to be very effective at containing COVID-19.
  • New evidence shows that COVID-19 remains stable on surfaces for longer than previously thought. New recommendations call for cleaning and disinfecting objects or surfaces prior to touching using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Hand washing isn't feasible out at the property, so use hand sanitizer instead.
  • Avoid touching your face with unwashed or unsanitized hands.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • If you use a tissue for a cough or sneeze, put it into a trash can. Sanitize your hands afterward.
Before You Come Out
Before you come out to the property, attend a club event, or attend a meeting please make sure you do the following:
  • Use the Alberta Health COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool before you come out. It's a quick and simple test whether coming out is reasonable or another course of action is best.
  • If you've recently returned from travel to any country outside Canada, please self-isolate for 14 days.
  • If you are sick, even if it's just a cold, please stay home.
  • If you're a critical infrastructure worker, are over 60, or have multiple medical conditions, you may consider staying home just to be safe.
Why am I getting this email?
Receiving safety and membership-related system emails is one of the membership obligations stated in the Membership Terms and Conditions you accepted when registering or renewing your membership. Safe and Sound emails are those system messages.

Given the nature of Safe and Sound emails we do not expect there will be many, but they are critically important.