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Use of Club Facilities During COVID-19 Pandemic

  •  Members must produce their membership card and sign in, providing their name and phone number
  • The Club is now open to non-members again. Please be advised that you will need to check in with our range officers when you get to the facility and provide your name and contact information so that we can remain COVID compliant with our friends from Work Safe BC. The Range Officer will ask to see your picture ID and it will be recorded into our visitor log and normal drop in fees ($20 per day) are in effect. During your visit, please consider joining the Nanaimo Fish & Game Club!
  • The club phone number is 250-754-2846
  • Effective June 7th the summer hours for the rifle and handgun ranges are as follows:
    • Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 9am to 8pm – last shot 15 minutes before closing
    • Open Tuesday through Thursday noon to 8pm – last shot 15 minutes before closing

Handgun range #3 – the PPC Range – will be closed until June 20th.

****TRAP and SKEET will still be open for practices as usual on Wednesdays and Sundays. Trap practice will be closed Sunday June 20th.

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  • The Rifle and Handgun are open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week
  • Trap & Skeet are Skeet are open for their regularly schedule practices on Sundays & Wednesdays until 2pm
    Outdoor Archery is open from 9am to 5pm seven days a week except during special events and when Trap or Skeet are shooting. Indoor archery is closed until further notice.

The club is only able to remain open by the efforts of our members who volunteer as Range Officers who monitor attendance and ensure we comply to the guidelines. If it wasn’t for them none of us would be shooting and you need to thank them every time you attend and follow their instructions. If you don’t like the conditions required to attend and use the club facilities do not attend, but if you do attend always be courteous to the Range Officers – they did not make these rules. If you are interested in becoming a Range Officer  please contact Rob Clarke.

  • No spectators are allowed.
  • Staff and members must wear face masks in the designated covered ranges (i.e. PPC, and Rifle ranges)and the Range Officer building where they may come in contact with people outside their bubble.
  • All club buildings are not open or available until further notice.
  • There will be no membership meetings until further notice.
  • There will be no Turkey Shoot this year.
  • There will be no events held until further notice.
  • The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will not be held in January this year. Because of COVID regulations regarding AGM dates has been relaxed to allow having the meeting much later as required. We will let everyone know when we are able to hold the meeting.
  • The annual Banquet/Fundraiser normally held in February will not be held in 2021.

At this point in time, due to the unique circumstances of the size of our property and the number of ranges we have, we are able to keep our facilities open with a few restrictions:

  • Members are required to maintain two meter physical distancing at all times;
  • Handgun Bays shall each be limited to no more than 6 people, or direct family members. Non-family member groups are expected to maintain physical distancing; you need to consider your social ‘bubble’, and keep it small.
  • Skeet shall  be limited to groups of 5 people, plus staff, or family members and you must maintain social distancing while shooting at the posts.
  • The use of the Trap fields shall be limited to 5 shooters, plus the staff. Shooters must be separated by the distance between the stations, and the staff is to maintain a two meter distance from the shooters at all times;
  • In the case of the Rifle range, every second firing position has been closed. In addition, people should avoid any collective gathering of individuals at a firing point, other than the persons in your immediate group. ‘Groups’ are limited to 6 people maximum. Again, physical distancing should be practiced if you are not family members;
  • The outdoor Archery range shall be limited to 5 shooters and will be open except on Wednesdays and Sundays when Trap & Skeet are shooting.
  • Guests of members (i.e. those without a PAL) need to be safely supervised. Family members can accompany members and be instructed on the range, but instruction and introduction of shooting to a new shooter (not directly related to the member) is not permitted due to the distancing requirements. People who are not family members, who drive to the range in separate cars, are required to comply with the physical distancing requirement.

All members are encouraged to follow “the basics” including:

  • Staying off  NANAIMO FISH & GAME property if you, or anyone you know, are at risk, or have any symptoms of cough, cold, flu, or any of the symptoms of COVID-19;
  • We have hand sanitizer on the ranges but you will need to bring your own mask.
  • Maintaining good hand hygiene;
  • Avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
  • Practicing respiratory etiquette (such as coughing into your sleeve); and
  • Keeping appropriate physical distance.

We should remain aware that this is a very fluid situation and our plan may change as required. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and respond as required. We thank all Vancouver Islanders for their effort to date, and encourage everyone to continue the fight until this Virus is beaten.

COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN

 

Membership dues reimbursement.

Dear Nanaimo Fish and Game Members,

Over the last few months, the Club has undergone a number of changes and the Executive greatly appreciate your understanding and patience.  During our closure, we implored you to continue to renew your memberships so that we could continue to maintain the Club and support initiatives that matter to our membership. In an overwhelming show of support for the Club, you did just that and the Executive offered to extend memberships by the duration of the closure to show our appreciation.

The Executive has explored a number of options in an attempt to implement this.  The unfortunate reality is we will not be able to do it.  As many of you are aware, your Nanaimo Fish and Game membership includes membership in the BCWF and with that third party liability, ATV and boat insurance.  By extending your membership, your BCWF membership and insurance would lapse, leaving you uninsured for the duration of the extension.  The Executive sincerely apologises for this. In lieu of the extension, the Executive would like to offer the membership reimbursement for the nine weeks you were unable to use the facilities.  This would amount to between $9 and $23, depending on your membership type.  If you would like to take the Club up on this offer, please email Nanaimofishandgamerefund@gmail.com.  Members will have until Nov. 30, 2020 to claim their refund.  Should the Club be required to close again due to COVID-19, we would be unable to offer an extension/reimbursement due to the complications outlined above.

Alternatively, if you would like to consider those nine weeks as a donation to your Club, the Executive would be immensely appreciative and would put the funds towards daily operations, as well as, support for important initiatives such as the CCFR’s opposition to the recent gun ban and to the Nature Trust’s bid to acquire property along the Salmon River.

Again, the Executive would like to apologize for this and hope for your understanding in this unusual circumstance. Thank you again for your patience and cooperation during this trying time.

Sincerely,
John Noble, President
Nanaimo Fish and Game Protective Association