Another milestone has been reached with Stage 2 of Alberta’s Covid 19 ‘Open for Summer Plan’ coming into effect . Among other changes, it states:
- Youth and adult sports – resume with no restrictions, indoors and outdoors
- Outdoor social gatherings – up to 20 people with distancing (indoor social gatherings still not permitted)
- Distancing and masking requirements remain in effect
With the easing of restrictions, especially for adult sports, the EBTC Board is thrilled to advise you of the following welcome changes to the 2021 cycling program, effective immediately:
- Masking at ride start locations is no longer required – The Club’s masking protocol, instituted for member safety and comfort in joining group rides, went beyond the public health restrictions, and was well received.
Of course, members still have the option to wear a mask, and are expected to comply with the ongoing public health restriction for masking indoors (e.g., in the Ardrossan Recreation Centre).
- Distancing continues to be encouraged – This applies before, during and after a ride, and extends to not sharing food or beverages (same household excepted). For more detail, see the Cub’s Covid 19 Protocol (but note that masking has been rescinded).
- Ride registration will continue in 2021 for all EBTC rides – Readily adopted by members, Karelo ride registration has advantages beyond capping the number of ride participants as per public health restrictions.
Here are a few benefits of participant lists created on-line by Karelo: no messy and hard to manage paper sign-up sheets at rides; ride leaders can contact registrants before a ride about such changes as weather related cancellations; proof for the Club’s insurance that all riders were EBTC members should an accident occur; useful data to plan an interesting ride program; contact tracing if required.
- A cap on the number of ride participants is at the discretion of the ride leader – If a ride is capped, it will be noted on Karelo during the registration process.
As communicated at the AGM in February, ride leaders are in the position to know whether a cap is warranted based on their ride characteristics, the mix of riders and their own preferences in leading.
- Ride with GPS (RWGPS) remains EBTC’s navigational tool –Paper maps will not be handed out at the start of rides. Member adoption of RWGPS has been excellent, and a free Club RWGSP account allows access to the Collections of 2021 rides on the website.
- EBTC social events are not yet being planned – While the EBTC Board recognizes the value of fun social events, it is still considered premature to commence planning, given current restrictions on outdoor social gatherings, and the need to move to Stage 3 and gain more experience without restrictions.
Please take advantage of the great rides planned for 2021 to fully enjoy the remainder of spring, the summer ahead, and the fall too.