March 21, 2020
Safe and Sound is the SPFGA's safety and facility-related system message broadcast.
It's 'fluid', as they say...
Some new requirements for modification of activities to reduce disease transmission affecting us here at SPFGA have come along in recent days.

In her March 19 update, Alberta's Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw provided information on a recent event which underscores that even events with smaller numbers of people can result in significant transmission. The need for cancellation of non-essential events was emphasized.

Because we have no way of knowing or controlling attendance by critical infrastructure workers at events, or seniors, or those at risk for severe outcomes, or those who might have contact with these at-risk groups, we've confronted the fact that we're going to have to cancel or reschedule events on our calendar.

That being said, an important part of leadership is making decisions on things like safety matters but not being unnecessarily aggressive in doing so. As such, we'll be making changes but will try where possible to avoid an "until further notice" stance unless doing so is unavoidable.

The changes below are a reflection of us balancing these competing responsibilities.
Stuff that's Changing
First: Events will be cancelled or rescheduled.

Most events on the calendar through to the end of April will not be proceeding. We will try where possible to reschedule these. Where there's no other option, these will be cancelled. We'll make our best effort to contact anyone affected by this to make them aware. We will also be giving refunds. We know everyone's being hit hard right now and we will absolutely take care of you on this.

We'll continue to keep an eye on the situation and will look into May and beyond as we go forward.

For now though, the following events will not be proceeding:
  • In-person orientations on Apr 12
  • Archery work party & 3D course setup on Apr 18
  • Awards Banquet on Apr 18
  • Mapleseed on Apr 19
  • Fundamentals of Handgun Marksmanship on Apr 28
  • General meeting on Apr 30
  • April Outlaw Rimfire Precision Series (ORPS)

Second: The sale of guest passes is suspended.

The Supervised Guest Range Use Policy requires the supervising member to 'directly supervise', which involves being within arms-reach. Maintaining the 2 m 'bubble' of social distancing is not possible and we have therefore suspended the sale of guest passes at the SPFGA range for reasons of member and public safety. This will be an 'until further notice' change. We regret doing this and are sorry, but it is necessary.

Third: The clubhouse is now locked and unavailable for use.

There's just no feasible way we could ensure this amenity could be regularly and safely cleaned, so we've opted instead to lock its doors. Groups with bookings through to the end of April have been contacted and either rescheduled or the booking has been cancelled. We'll continue to review the necessity of keeping the clubhouse locked going forward.

Fourth: You'll need to bring your own hand sanitizer.

The remaining hand sanitizer we had is all used up. Please bring your own hand sanitizer to the facility and into the outhouse with you. In fact, you may even want to bring your own toilet paper as well, just to be on the safe side
Stuff We're Keeping Our Heading With
First: The Ketchamoot Creek facility will stay open.

Still not budging on this, and won't for as long as we absolutely can.

As we've mentioned previously - use of most of our facility's amenities including the range tends to be a largely solitary activity and already involves people being the required 2 m apart for social distancing. Plus, as recognized by Dr. Hinshaw herself, outdoor activities are healthy, desirable, and recommended. So long as social distancing is being observed, surfaces are being disinfected before use, and hand hygiene with a hand sanitizer is being practiced, the facility will remain open.

Second: The office remains closed to walk-in traffic.

The business office at 5405 99 St in Edmonton is staying 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 can be purchased via the website at spfga.ca.

Third: 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 employing virtual meeting options to ensure club business still proceeds.
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.
  • Stay informed! Go to the AHS COVID-19 information page & stay up to date: www.alberta.ca/COVID19
The "MUSTS"
You MUST follow the steps in 'Before You Come Out' above

These are critical items and must each be observed before coming out to the property.

You MUST stay 2 m (6 ft) away from other people.

You must maintain the 2 meter (6 foot) distance from anyone you do not live with. COVID-19 is transmitted through direct contact between people and is blocked by putting distance between people.

You MUST disinfect surfaces you touch.

New evidence shows that COVID-19 remains stable on surfaces for longer than previously thought. You MUST bring and use disinfectant on surfaces you will be touching, such as the safety curtain crank, bench tops, chairs, broom & magnet handles, misfired cartridge disposal containers, outhouse doors, toilet seat/lids, etc. Regular household disinfectant wipes and sprays have been shown to be sufficient for this.

Now, we know our members just love collecting brass. It is next to impossible to disinfect this however, so we ask you to either refrain from collecting brass from our pails or practice the best safety you can to prevent spreading virus around to other members.

You MUST practice good hand hygeine.

This is 100% absolutely required. Every member MUST provide and regularly use their own hand sanitizer during their use of the facility.
Prevention Tips
To prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Maintain 2 m social distancing
  • Clean and disinfect objects or surfaces prior to touching them 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.
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.