RED - Critical Level - Covid 19
December 15, 2020
Bulletin #2: RED Critical Level – December 15, 2020 (Snoman will provide updates as things unfold)
The Public Health Orders have been extended to January 8, 2021.
We all know that snowmobiling is a fun and healthy outdoor activity and while riding your sled, it is rather easy to social distance from non-household members.
There have been many changes in 2020 due to COVID-19, including changes for the way that Snoman and its member clubs operate. In order to keep our trail network open, we are asking for everyone’s cooperation in abiding by the Public Health Orders. We want to ensure that our trail system doesn’t fall prey to COVID-19 and have a dire effect on our snowmobile season.
With the entire province in the RED Critical level due to COVID-19, the Orders under The Public Health Act came into effect at 12:01am on November 12, 2020 and remain in effect until 11:59pm on January 8, 2021.
Section 12(1) of the Orders states:
Outdoor recreational activities such as cross-country skiing, running and snowmobiling may take place while these Orders are in effect, as long as all participants maintain a separation of at least two metres from each other.
Section 12(6) of the Orders states:
Dressing rooms, warming shacks and other indoor facilities associated with outdoor sporting and recreational activities must be closed while these Orders are in effect.
While these Orders are in effect, shelters have to be CLOSED. A Manitoba Public Health Inspector advised us that closed “means members of the public should not have access to these facilities because they are considered indoor spaces. It is the responsibility of the operator to implement measures to ensure the public do not have access to these facilities. Such measures include locking the doors and posting signs advising the public that the facilities are unavailable for public use.”
As the clubs own the shelters, the clubs will be responsible for any fines that may be issued under the public health orders. It is recommended that clubs cover the “shelter ahead” and “shelter” signs to deter riders from going to the shelters. It would also be a good idea to advise groomers not to groom to the shelters. We need everyone to be diligent during these times and act responsibly with respect to the shelters. We are fortunate that our trails can be open and we cannot stress enough that with everyone’s cooperation, we can keep them open.
Thank you for your cooperation. Stay Safe!