As I sat down to write this update, I had a look at the newsletters we sent out in the spring of 2020. It's hard not to reflect on how the spring of 2021 looks similar to where we were at this time a year ago.
Like all of you, I am hoping that we will soon turn the corner and the summer of 2021 will be better than last year. Maybe not the same as the summer of 2019, but still better than the last one.
I would like to thank everyone who joined us for the first ever virtual AGM. It seemed to have been well received and gave us a good platform to get the information out to the members. One of the items we touched upon at the AGM was the impact of the current “stay at home order” which was just hours old at that point.
I expect everyone has their own interpretation of the impact of the current provincial stay at home order, which will be in place at least until May 20th. However, its goal is clear: “STAY AT HOME” and help bring down the local Covid-19 case count.
How does that impact the SSC? Simply put, and as confirmed by Peel Public Health with whom we have been in contact, we are a seasonal facility and not anyone’s permanent residence. Thus, members should not be visiting the grounds during the current stay at home order. Peel Public Health has also informed us that in rural settings like Caledon, locals have not been shy in reaching out to the town when they see this is not being followed. Needless to say, we would not want this type of negative attention or this level of scrutiny.
Therefore, we ask that all members abide by the provincial rules and not visit the SSC grounds. Furthermore, members are not to start or continue with any construction related projects for which they may have been approved.
As we get closer to the end of the stay at home order, we will communicate the appropriate Covid-19 etiquette, which we expect will be similar to what was in place at the SSC for the 2020 season.
Electricity will remain off to the cottages during the current stay at home order and we will re-evaluate this position prior to May 20th.
As the start-up of the water systems to the grounds requires a large crew, the SSC will tackle this once the current stay at home order is lifted. The start-up process takes a number of weeks to complete, including submitting samples to a third-party testing lab and a sign off by Peel Public Health. When the start-up will be allowed to begin will become clearer closer to the end of the stay at home order.
We have not installed the second lock on the front gate to restrict access to the SSC grounds at this time. However, if members do not respect the requests outlined in this update, we may be required to do so. Please understand that we, the SSC, are obligated to follow the rules of the law laid out during these times, much like the local Costco or other retailers. If we do not do so, we face stiff financial penalties.
It is up to all of us to ensure that we control the spread of Covid-19 and protect the people we care about, both the young and the not so young. We encourage you to stay at home as much as possible, wash your hands often, wear your masks, keep your distance and get vaccinated when it is your turn to do so, so that we may once again get together and enjoy each other’s company.
May you and your families continue to stay safe and healthy.
On behalf of the Committee