As the Quadra Island Outdoor Club continues to offer outings during the pandemic, we try to find the balance between staying safe while exercising and socializing outside. In general our Club members are vulnerable due to age, and many have other specific vulnerabilities. There is a wide range of sensitivities to the present risk. We recommend that everyone on a Club outing bring a mask and hand sanitizer and follow the recommendations of the BC Public Health Office.
Physical distancing: Maintaining physical distance of two metres from other hikers at all times is the single most important protocol. We may want to avoid busier trails, trailheads and times. Advance planning will include recognizing the width of the trail so that distance can be maintained with oncoming hikers, and wide places to stop for breaks or lunch as a group. We will stay two metres apart when stopped as well as moving.
Size of the group: In order to accommodate more hikers, we may break the group into pods of 3 to 4 people. The pods will start hiking a few minutes apart. This will be done on hikes where the risk of the group becoming separated is very low. On more complex routes, the group will either move as a distanced unit, waiting at junctions, or use family radios to stay connected. Trip coordinators have discretion about the total number of participants on a trip and the option to use pods.
Talking can become problematic if it compromises the distance between participants. Please do not bunch up on the trail closer than two metres in order to talk or hear.
Touching common surfaces and sharing: While it’s not the most common method of infection, contaminated surfaces are still seen as a risk. Sharing of gear or food involves close contact and multiple people touching the same objects. Hikers may also want to be conscious of surfaces that have recently been touched by others, such as railings and hand holds. You may wish to use hand sanitizer or disinfectant.
Who can participate: For now the Club will not include visitors to our Island on trips. Members who are locals or those who have been on the island for at least 14 days may join a trip. If a member has recently visited an area with significant cases or had a visitor from a high case area, they are asked to skip a week before participating in hikes. We encourage our members to be friendly to everyone they meet on the trail.
Car pooling: Car pooling is a personal decision, but is not encouraged outside of family or bubble members. When carpooling occurs, the occupants would be encouraged to wear masks and sanitize surfaces and hands.
As of 15 Oct 2020