|Unfortunately, COVID and other respiratory illnesses are clearly still with us. While this will not deter our plans for a more normal ski season, it still must be acknowledged.|
The bus is the one indoor area that the club has full control over. As such, we made the decision and communicated numerous times during the fall, that we are leaving the mask mandate on the bus in place for this year. This requirement is also stated on all trip descriptions.
Given the unpredictability of case counts, we did not want to have to reimpose masks if public health rules reverted back.
Many of you have received every COVID shot available to you; however, there are others who have not. While it was extremely important last season, requiring proof of vaccination was a huge undertaking for a volunteer club. Given that there is currently no recognized number of what is considered as the effective vaccination level and the proportion with booster shots is not as high as the initial shots, retaining masks on the bus is the most basic level of protection we could insist on.
We apologize for any inconvenience, but this is the club policy for the current season. Those who contravene the policy may face club disciplinary action.
President, High Park Ski Club