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COVID-19 Public Health Response

Posted on 16th March, 2020 / Source: British Columbia


UPDATE [March 21]

The Restaurants at Mayfair Lakes and Olympic View golf clubs are now CLOSED for dine-in service until further notice. Take-out service is available during limited times. Please visit the Course Conditions pages on the respective websites for daily updates (Mayfair Lakes / Olympic View).

Mayfair Lakes is also closing its back shop services and locker rooms indefinitely, and Members are asked to remove all personal items for the time being.

Olympic View: the upper Clubhouse and Restaurant will be closed until further notice. The Refreshment Center will be open from 10am to 4pm for limited Food and Beverage. Beginning Monday March 23, the lower clubhouse (including the Golf Shop and Locker Rooms) will be closed and we will be checking our members and guests in through the Refreshment Center window. [end update]

GolfBC Notice: March 16
As we continue to monitor the evolving global situation around COVID-19 (Coronavirus), the health and safety of our Members, Guests, Employees and communities is our utmost priority. Not only as business operators, but also as residents of our local communities.

While the outdoor, natural setting of a golf course provides a generally healthy and safe environment, we are still taking extra measures to help prevent the possible spread of the virus.

The Public Health Agency of Canada continues to assess developments related to coronavirus (COVID-19) and has advised that the public risk to Canada remains low. However, we would like to remind persons at higher risk of severe illness, or those who have recently traveled (or come into contact with someone who has), to stay home and away from public places. Please do not visit the golf course if you are showing symptoms. Reported symptoms include: fever, coughing, difficulty breathing and/or pneumonia.

We are taking the following steps to ensure that you feel safe, while having a great time on the golf course or in our restaurant:
  • Increasing the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in all Club areas, especially in areas of high use;
  • Placing additional hand sanitizers in high traffic, communal areas;
  • Removing self-service food and beverage stations;
  • Educating and reminding staff on safety and sanitary precautions and protocols;
  • A strict sick-day policy where employees have been instructed to stay home if they are experiencing any symptoms or are feeling unwell;
  • Adding educational signage reminding members and staff to take preventative measures to minimize risk;
  • Removing non-essential items around the Clubhouse that can be handled by multiple persons;
  • Removing non-essential communal toiletries from the locker rooms;
  • Limiting non-essential vendor and supplier visits;
  • On the recommendations of the federal government; requiring employees who have recently travelled, or plan to travel outside of Canada, to self-quarantine upon their return.
  • Encouraging nods or waves instead of handshakes.
In our Food & Beverage operations we are modifying our restaurant seating plan where possible, to increase the distance between tables, allowing our guests a more spacious dining experience. Golf Courses may also implement additional facility-specific protocols, as deemed necessary.

The first line of defense in minimizing the effects of COVID-19 is for individuals to:
  • wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • stay at home if you are sick and contact a Doctor
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands, or sneeze into your elbow
  • if soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer;
  • clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and workstation surfaces.
With new information being updated daily, GolfBC will continue to monitor the situation and follow the guidelines set out by public health officials. Thank you for your understanding and support.

Resources and More Information:
Anyone concerned that they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, should contact their primary care provider, local public health office, or call 8-1-1.
For further detailed information including self-isolation please visit http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/coronavirus-(novel).
Stay informed. Information is changing frequently.

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