COVID-19 Precautions Before, During, and After Your Outing

(As of December 15, 2021)

(Testing & Contact Tracing has now changed.  If you test positive, email the Club)

  1. Participants must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and proof of vaccination (a vaccine certificate that includes a QR code, or a passport) provided to the club before the trip. "Fully vaccinated" as defined by the Ministry of Health.
  2. Each participant must perform a self-screening check before each Five Winds event.

Cancel your registration and stay home if:

     A. are experiencing any of these COVID-19 symptoms:

      • chest pain
      • feeling confused
      • new or worsening cough
      • sore throat or difficulty swallowing
      • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
      • temperature equal to or over 38°C
      • feeling feverish
      • chills
      • fatigue or weakness
      • muscle or body aches
      • new loss of smell or taste
      • headache
      • gastrointestinal symptoms (abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting)
      • feeling very unwell

     B. have been identified as a “close contact” of someone who has been tested positive for COVID-19.

     C. have been in close contact ,while not wearing the appropriate personal protective equipment, with someone  who either:

      • is sick with symptoms associated with COVID-19 (listed above) in the last 10 days, or
      • has returned from outside of Canada in the last 14 days.
     D. have travelled outside of Canada in the last 14 days.

3. On the bus:

      • Participants must wear a mask on the bus at all times except when eating. The mask must be well fitted and cover your nose, mouth, and chin. Buffs, bandanas, and face shields are not appropriate.
      • Eat before boarding the bus or after getting off, whenever possible.
      • Participants should remain in their seats except when using the washroom.
      • The first row of seats must remain empty for the bus driver’s safety.
      • Do not share anything, including bug repellant, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, water, etc.
      • Please sanitize the surfaces that you touched in the washroom after use.
      • If you want two seats to yourself, you can book it that way when you register (for an extra cost).

4. Follow the guidelines for safe & responsible skiing or snowshoeing, including:

      • Keep a distance of at least 2 m/6 ft. from others not in your household.
      • Do not share anything, including bug repellant, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, water etc.
      • Move aside to allow others to pass.
      • Pack out everything you bring.

5. Personal Protective Equipment:

      • Face masks should be worn (on the outing or in a car/bus) anytime 2 m/6 ft distance cannot be met.
      • Participants may carry and use hand sanitizer.

6. Cancellation Policy:  

     A. Our general cancellation policy for the bus from previous years has not changed.  You must cancel by Friday 1:00 p.m. online.  After this time the "Cancel Registration" button will disappear.  Once you cancel online, a credit will be placed in your account to use for your next bus.  By about the end of the April or earlier, but before our AGM, all monies that were credited to you that had not been used will be refunded back to you.

     B.  If you need to cancel the bus due to COVID-19 concerns (see section 2) after Friday 1:00 p.m.:

      • Since the "Cancel Registration" button will disappear after Friday 1:00 p.m. if you answered "yes" to any of the questions in section 2 above, we will credit your account for that bus.  You will be eligible to board the bus 14 days after (2 buses).  
      • Go to the Home page: .  There will be a "COVID-19 Response Team" button.  Add your information and Send.    Please do this by Sunday, 7:00 a.m.
      • We appreciate your honesty in this matter (please do not use this option if you are cancelling due to weather forecasts, a change in your personal schedule, etc.)

7. After the event and in case of a Positive Test

Participants who experience any COVID-19 symptoms following a Five Winds Backcountry Ski Club organized event must:
      • Get tested for Covid and self-quarantine until they get the results.  Public Health will be responsible for contact tracing.  Find your local health unit at:
      • Ask their local health unit send us a message through our COVID-19 Response Team (the "Team") button found on the Home Page  By using this button, the e-mail will be routed to all Team Members at once. We will then assist Public Health with contact tracing.
      • Notify the "COVID-19 Response Team" through the button on the Home Page if tested positive for COVID-19, as soon as possible, so we can notify other event participants as quickly as possible (your name will not be shared with anyone except public health authorities if they request it).
      • If a positive has been confirmed, the club's Covid-19 Response Team will:  1) Send information to the Public Health Unit(s) for Contact Tracing; 2) cancel the next bus; 3) cancel all registrations for the following bus automatically and credit monies back into your account; and 4) post a COVID-19 Exposure Notice with the bus/event date on our Home Page.

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