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COVID-19 (Coronavirus Update)

Message Sent: March 17, 2020 @ 1:00 PM

Coronavirus Update -- Club Closure

Dear Fellow Windsor Yacht Club Members:

As many of you are already aware and in response to the rapidly changing conditions due to COVID-19, the Premier of Ontario has mandated that all bars and restaurants in the Province close effective immediately. As your Commodore, I fully support the actions taken by our elected officials and Health professionals in disrupting the spread of this dangerous pandemic. Consequently, I am actively monitoring the situation and having regular communications with our Board of Directors and Senior Staff and monitoring press releases and current events as appropriate in order to determine the best ways to reduce the risk to our employees and Club Members.

Therefore, in accordance with Provincial mandate, effective immediately we are suspending operations at the Club until April 4, 2020. At this time, our office will remain open to address your questions and immediate concerns. Harbour Operations are not affected and are scheduled to open on April 1st. Please stay tuned to ongoing e-blasts, website updates, and Ships Log articles for news and information as we navigate these turbulent times.

I want to thank the Board of Directors, Senior Staff, our employees and especially our Membership for your continued cooperation. Stay safe, stay well and we will prevail!


Commodore George McMahon


Message Sent: March 16, 2020 @ 3:00 PM

Coronavirus Update -- Fleet Surgeon Dr. Tim Guthrie

Dear Windsor Yacht Club Members:

As of Saturday March 15th, Ontario has 142 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with no confirmed cases in Windsor.  I would expect these numbers to increase and reach closer to home as virus spreads exponentially.  Human coronaviruses cause infections of the nose, throat and lungs.  They are most commonly spread from an infected person through respiratory droplets generated when you cough or sneeze, close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands or touching something with the virus on it, then touching your moth, nose or eyes before washing your hands.

Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms.  Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.  This is the longest known infectious period for this disease.  They are currently investigating if the virus can be transmitted to others if someone is not showing symptoms.  While experts believe that it is possible, it is considered to be rare.

At this time, the public health risk associated with COVID-19 is low for the general population in Windsor but this could change rapidly.  Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms and  symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19.  There is an increased risk of more severe outcomes for Canadians aged 65 and over, those with comprised immune systems and people with underlying medical conditions.

Now and always during cold and flu season, stay home if you are sick.  Since respiratory viruses, such as the one that causes COVID-19, are spread through direct contact and/or respiratory droplets we would benefit with changing how we greet one another at the Club.  Instead of a handshake, a kiss or a hug, a friendly wave or elbow bump is less likely to expose you to respiratory viruses.  Respiratory droplets can travel up to 6 feet and the virus can remain on surfaces for several days, therefore the Club will be exercising social distancing along with additional disinfection of the Club.  Members are encouraged to practise frequent hand hygiene and coughing and sneezing etiquette.

The WYC leadership is constantly evaluating the COVID-19 situation and will provide updates to Club Members as the circumstances can change rapidly.  Thank you for your cooperation and understanding during this event.


Dr. Tim Guthrie
Fleet Surgeon


Message Sent: March 14, 2020 @ 4:30 PM

Club Events Update

Dear Windsor Yacht Club Members:
The purpose of this e-blast is to inform our Members and staff of the evolving situation with COVID-19 and how it continues to impact our immediate plans.  After discussions with our Fleet Surgeon, those Board Members whose portfolio is impacted and Senior Staff, we have collectively decided on the following course of action:

1. The St. Patrick's Day Event scheduled for Tuesday, March 17th has been cancelled. We sincerely regret having to make this decision for both our Members and staff; however, given the present circumstances, we feel it is the proper course of action. The Club will remain closed on this day and regular office hours will apply. 

2. Wednesday, March 18th will be the last scheduled Euchre Night; therefore, the Club will operate under normal operations. Bambi Blondin will present the final prizes on March 18th and our Euchre League will recommence as scheduled on Wednesday, May 12th. For those Members not able to attend must contact Sal in regards to your spare.  Pizza will be provided to the Euchre League during the Prize Presentation.

3. The Club will operate normally for the remainder of the month of March - unless otherwise communicated via e-blast to our Members and staff.

Remember to be safe when interacting with other club Members; this may mean refraining from shaking hands, coughing or sneezing into a tissue or forearm and, most importantly, staying home if feeling sick. We will continue to be proactive in our decisions affecting our Club Operations and I want to thank all of you for your continued cooperation and support during this pandemic.

Commodore George McMahon


Message Sent: March 13, 2020 @ 9:00 am

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Dear Windsor Yacht Club Members:
As everyone is aware, Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization. It seems more likely that Southwestern Ontario will eventually be impacted by this virus within a relatively short period of time.

At this time I can assure Members that the Club continues to operate as usual. The risk remains low; however, we must remain vigilant as a result of global developments. Consequently, I have tasked our Director of Operations to remind our staff on the need to continue to ensure the highest level of personal hygiene, especially regular hand washing. Hand sanitizers will be distributed to all staff with supplies available to Members throughout the Club. Additionally staff will be directed to wipe down surface areas throughout the Club on a regular basis with an effective antiviral solution. Members are also asked to extra vigilant.

We encourage all Members to continue washing your hands on the premises and if you are feeling unwell, please do not come to the Club until your symptoms clear up. This remains a very dynamic virus that requires constant updates to our staff and Members.

Accordingly, I am committed to working with our Director of Operations to ensure our staff are taken care of during this time of uncertainty and provide our Members with updated information as it is readily defined and agreed upon. If warranted, this may necessitate service level changes in the near future. We will continue to keep all staff and Members advised of any pertinent changes.

Commodore George McMahon