Chapters cautiously reopen across Canada

Keith Knight

Canada escaped relatively unscathed from the COVID-19 coronavirus. At least, compared to other countries. We're an obedient lot.

When provincial and federal governments 'strongly suggest' that we wear masks, we do. We take the two-meter rule seriously. We have endured the notion of being couped up in our homes for three or four months ... to the point that we actually don't mind the quiet time.

Some of our CCBF chapters continued to meet via Zoom, though with smaller numbers. Most members just prefer to wait it out.

Chapters in Western Canada are slowly returning to restaurant meetings. Last month, the Edmonton chapter did both: a group of five people meeting over breakfast in a restaurant -- huddled around a laptop in the middle of the table -- then joined by several others via Zoom.  I joined the group, remotely, and I could almost taste the bacon and eggs.

As provinces loosen restrictions, the CCBF Board of Directors has developed a list of protocols to ensure safe meetings.

Since we typically suspend our meetings for the month of August, my hunch is that we will hopefully be back to the restaurant meetings by September.  (I used to differentiate between 'face to face' meetings and 'Zoom' meetings until it was pointed out that both versions are face to face)

The COVID Protocols were sent out to all facilitators as they determine when it will be safe to meet again.


 

CCBF COVID Protocols


General Guidelines for CCBF Facilitators

 

1. Keep Up to Date

The COVID situation continues to evolve on a daily basis.

Keep track of the most recent directives of your home province and local health authority.

 

Directory of Local Health Authorities:

https://primaryhealthcare.wordpress.com/ontario/primary-care-network-sites/

Respected news outlets:

CTV:    https://bc.ctvnews.ca/two-private-canada-day-parties-source-of-kelowna-b-c-outbreak-1.5022443

Global: https://globalnews.ca/news/6666897/live-updates-coronavirus-pandemic/

CBC:      https://www.cbc.ca/news/covid-19

Globe & Mail: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/topics/coronavirus/

 

2. Comply with Provincial and Local Health Authority Protocols

·         Instruct members of your group to comply with these protocols.

·         Social distancing: a necessary protocol for every meeting until otherwise indicated by health authorities.

·         Masks: follow health recommendations and common sense re wearing masks.

·         When in doubt, err on the side of caution.

 

3. Guidelines for Phased Reopenings

 

Phase 1.

·         Continue to meet via Zoom only.

 

Phase 2.

·         Meet via Zoom, on a restaurant patio, or a mix of both.

·         Follow social distancing protocols.

·         Number of participants: comply with Phase 2 health protocols re maximum number of participants for in-person meetings.

 

Phase 3.

·         Meet indoors or on restaurant patio.

·         Follow social distancing protocols.

·         Meeting in private homes or spaces is not recommended, since social distance protocols can be harder to maintain in an informal setting.

·         Number of participants: comply with Phase 3 health protocols for in-person meetings.

Emerging Chapters

Aurora, ON

Virtual launch on Zoom

Friday, July 10

7:30 a.m.

LAUNCHED!

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Pembroke ON

Virtual launch on Zoom

Tuesday, Sept. 22

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Regina SK

October

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Moose Jaw SK

October

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Red Deer AB

POSTPONED

ABC Restaurant

7:30 a.m.

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Saint John NB

POSTPONED

LOCATION: TBA

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