January 23, 2021

COVID-19 ADVISORY

*IMPORTANT ADVISORY FOR CLUBS IN ZONE 4:

As of January 23, 2021, this zone will be in complete lockdown for at least 2 weeks.  For ATV enthusiasts, this means that all trails and shelters must be closed as ordered by Premier Higgs and Dr. Jennifer Russell.

TRAILS (ZONES IN THE ORANGE PHASE):

In zones which are in the orange phase, the maximum number of people who can ride together on the trails are 25 people or less, as long as they wear their masks and respect social distancing.

 TRAILS (ZONES IN THE RED PHASE):

In zones which are in the red phase, the maximum number of people who can ride together on the trails are groups of 5 people or less, as long as they wear masks and respect social distancing.

**However, following the Press Conference by Premier Higgs and Dr. Jennifer Russell, in an effort to stop further spread of the virus, we recommend that you avoid any type of social gatherings.  Any type of activities that can attract a crowd of people is not recommended at this time.

SHELTERS (ZONES IN THE ORANGE PHASE):

The shelters can remain open IF your club has a COVID-19 operational plan. It does not have to be approved but must have at all time the operational plan readily available to present to the officer or inspector. All requirements in the Embracing the New Normal – Guidelines for NB Workplaces in a COVID-19 Environment guide and operational plan template must be addressed in the operational plan. This includes, but is not limited to: measures addressing physical distancing, personal hygiene, screening, PPE, face coverings etc.

As long as you can provide the information necessary for people to follow the rules as dictated by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (OCMOH) and respecting the requirements of NB’s Recovery Plan (signage, sanitizer, etc.) and that you have clearly noted this in your Operational Plan, the shelters in zones that are in the orange phase can remain open.

It is also important to note that it is the club’s responsibility to ensure that all the safety measures are accounted for in the operational plan and to make it possible for the safety measures to be followed in the shelters. If you do not think you can ensure this, then it would be better to close your shelters, otherwise the fines for the shelter that do not comply with the operational plan will fall on the club’s responsibility.  You can find official signs and instructions to use for your shelter in the links that appear above.

  SHELTERS (ZONES IN THE RED PHASE):

The rules for the shelters in the zones that are in the red phase are the same as the rules for the zones in the orange phase.

 **However, after the Press Conference that was held on January 21, Premier Higgs and Dr. Jennifer Russell have expressed that we all need to do the utmost to try and bring back under control the spread of the virus at this moment, especially in the zones that are in the red phase. If the cases continue to rise exponentially, government may impose a total lockdown. We do not want to see this happen. They have expressed that any type of activities which can attract a crowd is not recommended at this time.

QuadNB stands by their recommendations and we ask that you do NOT organise, promote, encourage or participate in any activities that can attract a crowd.  We strongly recommend that the shelters in the zones that are in the red phase be closed, even if you have an operational plan in place. This is in an effort to discourage any type of informal social gathering.

Social gatherings are strongly discouraged at this time, it is best if you avoid them all together, even outdoors.  Fines are already expensive for anyone who doesn’t comply, but if a club turns out to be the organiser or instigator of an activity, no matter how small, if fines are being handed out, the club will have a much more expensive fine.  It is just not worth it.  Not to mention that it can cause the government to shut down the trails. So, to be on the safe side, let’s just NOT hold any activities until the zones are back to the yellow phase.

When shutting down your shelter, it is important to advise all your members and the public at large, and have numerous signs clearly indicating this around the premisses. Again, this is each club’s responsibility.  If our recommendations change, we will let you know.

In the meatime, to the members who live in the zones that are in orange or red phase, you can cautiously proceed and go for an ATV ride and enjoy the fresh air, but be careful and respect all the safety measures per the colour phase of your zone.

Stay safe!

QuadNB

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