For those members who have a private boat stored at FCRCC facilities at Alder Bay or the Burrard compound.
FCRCC operations remain suspended. The City of Vancouver has suspended all park operations, and the provincial and federal governments are advising that all Canadians remain at home unless necessary. The suspension of park operations at the City of Vancouver means that FCRCC cannot provide access to handwashing facilities, increasing your risk of exposure to COVID-19 and reducing your ability to mitigate your risks by practicing increased hygiene.
The FCRCC executive has reviewed options around private boats. At this time, we are unable to provide you with safe regular access to the FCRCC storage facilities due to City of Vancouver policy decisions and provincial and federal government urging. While we understand that paddling is an exercise that can benefit you, we are all being told to make sacrifices to preserve our health, but importantly to preserve the health of people around us.
The FCRCC Executive has determined that we can make access to private boats stored at FCRCC facilities available so that you can temporarily remove your boat to another location where you can choose to access it, after your own evaluation of risk. Once FCRCC is able to resume operations, you will be allowed to return your boat to storage. The access will be made available at the following locations and times:
- Burrard Compound: 09:00am to 11:00am on Saturday, March 21
- Alder Bay: 9:30am to 10:30am on Saturday, March 21
This access time is not a time for practice or paddling. It is a time to remove your boat. Please pay careful attention to space and crowding if you come to temporarily remove your boat, giving everyone 2 meters (6 feet) of space between each other, and observe safe sneezing/coughing practices by sneezing and coughing into your sleeve.
If the City of Vancouver, Province of British Columbia, or Government of Canada determines that further social distancing measures must be implemented before Saturday, March 21, we may be required to cancel this access availability. We will communicate with you in that case.
We regret that this action is necessary. The medical crisis facing Canada is severe and we are treating it as such. We are all being asked to make significant sacrifices to protect the health of everyone around us. In a few months, we may be in a position to look back at these actions and see them as a possible overreaction. We hope that we have the ability and space to do so.
Thank you for your understanding,