COVID-19

UPDATE: 2 October 2021

COVID-19 Phase 5

As per:  https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/proof-of-vaccination-policy/ club members (and their guests) may be required to show their proof of vaccination while at the club.  Club Executive and RSOs are authorized to request this.  No records will be kept, although if you are unable to show it you will be asked to leave.  

Masks while indoors are required.

There have been a lot of questions and comments about this policy, the fines can be significant ($7,500 for the club, $2,000 for individuals).   There was also discussions about the requirements to be a member:  There is no requirement for vaccination in order to be a member of the club.  The only requirements are to visit the club.  Unfortunately,  there have been a number of activist lawyers pushing the narrative that this situation will be used for the purposes of gun control.  For those, who require a membership for legal purposes, their vaccination status will not affect their club membership.  That being said, there will be a few who do not wish to maintain their memberships for the time being.  I hope to have some information for them in the near future.

UPDATE: 15 September 2021

Good Day,

As everybody has most likely heard, NS is delaying their entry into Phase 5.  That may now take place 4 Oct.
While physical distancing and masking requirements are going to be eliminated, they are bringing in a “Proof of Vaccine” policy: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/proof-of-full-vaccination-policy/

Unfortunately, this will affect the club.  Shooting Ranges have been listed as one of the places where proof of vaccination will be required:

businesses and organizations offering indoor and outdoor recreation and leisure activities (like climbing facilities, dance classes, escape rooms, go-carts, indoor arcades, indoor play spaces, music lessons, pottery painting, shooting ranges and outdoor adventure) 

This is just an excerpt, I urge you to read the entire order.

What does this mean?  All members should be prepared to show their proof of vaccination/exemption when they are at the range.  The Club Executive or Range Safety Officers may request that you show it.  If you forgot it, you will be asked to leave.  The Club will not keep a record of anyone asked to leave.  Please be civil.

Members are asked to put their shooting times in the sign-in book.

This will not affect the Swap Meet this weekend, as these rules will not be in effect, so social distancing will be required, and we will be limited to 50 people on the grounds at any one time.

This will affect our meeting in October which falls on October 5th.  Should phase 5 be delayed again, the meeting will be cancelled.  All members will be asked to show their proof of vaccination at the meeting.

I understand that some will be upset with this policy.  As this was instituted by the NS Government, I urge you to contact your MPP, or the Premier’s office if you feel the need to communicate about it:

Annapolis Country:
https://nslegislature.ca/members/profiles/carman-kerr

Kings West:
https://nslegislature.ca/members/profiles/chris-palmer

Premier:
https://nslegislature.ca/members/profiles/tim-houston

DaveNMGC Membership Director

UPDATE: 2 August 2021

Nova Scotia remains in phase 4.  We are able to have up to 50 people on the grounds, with a maximum of 25 in the Clubhouse.  Individual parties do not require masks/social distancing, however this is required between different parties if you cannot maintain 2m distancing.

We are still waiting to be able to have a regular meeting.

UPDATE: 14 July 2021

Phase 4 Update

Effective today, Nova Scotia is in phase 4 of the opening.

We will be able to increase the number of people on the club grounds to 50, and have a maximum of 25 in the clubhouse.

You will not have to socially distance(or wear masks) within your party, however different parties will be required to socially distance or wear masks if they cannot while indoors. Outdoors, masks are recommended when you can’t distance between separate parties.

It does not appear we will be able to have a regular indoor meeting until phase 5, as we are limited to 50% capacity of the clubhouse for that.  So the earliest meeting would be in October.

Guests

Members are reminded that they are responsible for their guests, and their guest’s behavior.  Guests do not require a PAL, however, we do expect our members to closely supervise their guests who are not licensed.

UPDATE: 28 June 2021

Phase 3 News

As of 30 June, Nova Scotia will be in Phase 3 of the reopening plan. This means there will be fewer restrictions up at the club:

We will be allowed up to 25 at the club with a maximum of 10 inside the clubhouse. Masks will still be required inside the Clubhouse.

At this time we will also remove guest limitations, although if there are complaints, we may reintroduce guest limits in the future.

The indoor limits mean we cannot restart our monthly meetings yet. It is anticipated that this will change when we reach Phase 5 (tentatively September), which would mean our first meeting could be the first Tuesday of October.

UPDATE: 15 June 2021

As of 16 June (Wednesday), Nova Scotia will be in Phase 2 of the reopening plan.  This means there will be fewer restrictions up at the club.

We will be allowed up to 25 at the club with a maximum of 10 inside the clubhouse.  Masks are still required if you cannot maintain 2m social distancing between members of different parties.

At this time we will limit the number of guests to 2. They do not have to be members of your household.  Please remember to sign any guest in, include their full address including postal code.  Put $5 for each guest in an envelope with your membership number and the date on it. 

The indoor limits mean we cannot restart our monthly meetings.  It is anticipated that this will change when we reach Phase 5 (tentatively September),  which would mean our first meeting could be the first Tuesday of October.

UPDATE: 28 May 2021

Finally we have received some good news.  The NS Government is bringing us out of lock-down.  Accordingly, the club will be open starting Wednesday, 2 June with the following restrictions:
1.  A limit of 10 persons at the club.
2.  Masks will still be required inside the Club House, and on the firing line when physical distancing is not achievable.
3.  Members may bring a single guest from their immediate household only.4.  Provincial travel restrictions are still in effect and should be observed (HRM/CBRM)

A quick reminder, we are not to arrange social meets just yet (we are planning an End of Covid event to be held as soon as we are able),

UPDATE: 27 April 2021

IAW provincial policy, the Club will be closed for two weeks effective sunset tonight.
We will continue to monitor the situation, and will change our position when we can.

UPDATE: 21 February 2021

We continue to follow the Government’s Advice.  Basically, we are not encouraging social meeting up at the club.  There may be up to 6 people in clubhouse (masks required) and up to 8 on the firing line (masks required if 2m distancing can not be maintained).  Members can have up to 2 guests, but we are encouraging your guests to be members of your close social circle (bubble).

UPDATE: 8 February 2021

Good Day Club Members,
I am pleased to announce that effective Monday, we will be easing some of our restrictions:

1.  Max 6 people in the clubhouse at a time (Masks required).
2.  Max 8 people on the firing line, 2 metre social distancing is required, and masks must be worn if you cannot maintain that 2 m distance.
3.  Pack out your garbage, this includes food waste, ammunition boxes and other items you may have brought up with you.

4.  Members will be allowed up to 2 guests, guests should either be members of your household, or, members of your close social circle.  

Please remember, guests must be signed in with the date, your membership number, and their full address including postal codes.  The $5 guest fee is still required, and please continue to use the envelopes provided.   Just write the date, and your membership number on the envelope.
These will take effect on Monday, 8 Feb.

UPDATE: 9 January 2021

The NS Government has somewhat relaxed restrictions within Nova Scotia.  We will try moving towards a posture that we will be able to maintain.  Our biggest restriction is space, so we are going to maintain the 2m distancing requirement, inside and out.  This means, that masks will be required inside the clubhouse, with a max number of people within limited to 6.  Since the firing line is outside, we can have up to 8 shooters, however if they cannot maintain 2 metre spacing, then masks will be required on the shooting line as well.  We are not going to entertain guests for the foreseeable future.  All social activities up at the range will have to wait.  We do not anticipate a meeting until sometime in the summer when the weather allows us to conduct another outdoor meeting.

So, in summary, no guests, no social meets, limited to 6 in the clubhouse with masks on.  Shooters are to maintain 2 metre separation, and if they can’t, wear masks on the firing line.

We have a backlog of orientations.  So, I will be using the club Saturdays, 1100-1230 or so for orientations.  So, there will be no shooting during these times.  Once I get through the backlog, I will change back to the twice a month schedule.  (An email direct to affected members is forthcoming)

UPDATE: 17 December 2020

Good Day Members,
No doubt you have heard about the new Provincial Restrictions that will come into effect this Monday (21 December).  This is what it is going to mean for the club:
1.  No more than 4 members on the firing line at any one time.  No more than 4 members inside the clubhouse at any one time.
2.  During this period, there will be no guests allowed.  Also, we request that you do not set up meetings with other members at the club.  You may travel to the club with members from your own household, however, the maximum 4 person rule will still apply, both inside and on the firing line.
3.  The club will be closed on boxing day from 11am to noon.  This is to accommodate an orientation. 

4.  Club members from Halifax and Hants Counties are requested to not travel to the club during this period.
5.  If you are isolating, or feel sick, please do not come up to the club.  Should you attend the club, and then subsequently test positive for C19(within 7 days) please let me know, and I can pull the records for you for contact tracing.  Your name will not be released to the club, and be kept private.
We will not be bringing in any more new members until after these restrictions have been listed.  I am still accepting payment for membership renewals.  They can be mailed in, dropped off at my house or the club.  If you are having difficulties with your renewals, please let me know and I can work with you.  I will put a renewal update out later this week.

The end of the Pandemic is in sight, just a few more months.  Please help us to keep our members safe.  

Please have a safe and happy holiday, Merry Christmas and Happy New Years!

Dave

UPDATE: 9 December 2020

COVID Restrictions UpdateIn accordance with NS Gov instructions, NMGC Members from the Halifax and Hants County are requested not to travel to the Range at this time, until NS internal travel restrictions are relaxed. 

Additionally, local members are requested not to bring guests to the range who have travelled from Halifax within the last two weeks.  Members are requested to limit the number of guests to 2. 

Please wear masks while inside the Clubhouse.

If you are feeling sick, or are self-isolating, please do not come out to the range. All members are requested to pack out all their garbage.
Club Meetings have been suspended until further notice.

UPDATE: 25 November 2020

As Nova Scotia enters the second wave we are reminding the members that if they feel unwell, even with mild symptoms please do not go to the club.  In accordance with Government guidelines, we can only have a maximum of 10 people in the clubhouse at a time.  Please mask up if there is anyone else.  We can have a maximum of 8 people on the shooting line.  Members are allowed to bring guests at this time, but we request you limit the number of guests to two.  All garbage is to be packed out, with the exception of brass and misfires which can be left in the containers provided.
Currently, the regular Club Meetings are suspended.

We are in a dynamic environment right now, and as the situation changes, our policies will shift as well.  Our primary concern is the safety of our members, and the well being of the club itself.

UPDATE: 1 October 2020

Good Day Members,

I am pleased to announce that as the Government eases some of the restrictions we too,  will follow:

Effective today, we will remove the 10 person restriction in the clubhouse and firing line.  IAW the new Government Policy, we may now have up to 50 people within the clubhouse and firing line areas.  Also, as a result we will also remove the one guest per member limitation. 

Members are reminded that they are completely responsible for the safety and conduct of their guests.  The guest fee will remain as $5 per guest, and members are to place the fees in an envelope with the date and their membership number on it.

Please continue to follow social distancing and wear masks were appropriate.

Currently we are still planning on an outdoor AGM later this month, however please stay tuned for further changes.

We will continue to monitor the state of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia, and will continue to update our policies to Government Regulations and Policies.

NMGC Membership Director

UPDATE: 24 July 2020

There has been an announcement from the Provincial Government concerning the use of masks:

As of 31 July, masks are required to be worn in public spaces in Nova Scotia.  This includes “places for sports and recreational activities such as a gym, pool or indoor tennis facility, except while doing an activity where a mask cannot be worn”

As a result we will be requiring all members to wear masks when in the clubhouse.  While outdoors on the shooting line, masks will only be required if you cannot physically distance yourself from other shooters.

“People with a valid medical reason for not wearing a mask are exempt.”

UPDATE: 18 June 2020

We have some very good news today.
The Nova Scotia Premier announced today that we are breaking the bubble!

…people may gather in groups of 10 without physical distancing. Those groups do not need to be exclusive, ending the need for household bubbles…

Groups of up to 50 are allowed but physical distancing must be observed. The premier clarified this could be done in or outside as long as people are able to remain six feet apart.


So in accordance with these instructions we are easing some of our restrictions:

Effective today, we are removing restrictions on the numbers of shooters at the club. We can have up to 8 shooters on the line.

We can now have up to 10 people total in the clubhouse and firing line.  Members are reminded of the RSO requirements:

One shooter, you are your own RSO.  If there are two shooters, then you will nominate a RSO who can continue to shoot.  If there are more than 3 shooters, then the RSO must not shoot and only act as RSO.  Only Club Members may act as RSO.  It doesn’t matter what their qualifications are, guests may not act as an RSO.  

We are also allowing members to bring a guest with them.  Guests will be limited to 1 per member at a time.  Guests must be signed in, and the guest fee is $5.  Please use the envelopes, place your membership number, the date and put the fee in the envelope.  This is to be placed in the locked ammo box mounted on the wall at the desk.

All members are reminded to pack out your garbage.  No garbage should be left at the club, brass can be left in the brass bucket, mis-fires can be left in the misfire can.

Members should be aware that should a second wave of COVID occur, restrictions could be reinstated.

UPDATE: 13 June 2020

Some Restrictions have been lifted, however we are still under some health measures. All regular Club Rules and Regulations are in effect, with a few additional limitations:

1. No Guests allowed.

2. Maximum 3 shooters allowed on the firing line at a time.

3. Maximum 10 members allowed in the clubhouse/firing line at a time (subject to Social Distancing)

4. Social Distancing of 2 meters is in effect.

5. Saturdays the club is closed to shooting between 1030am and noon for Orientations/Safety Training.

6. Pack in/Pack out all garbage.

UPDATE: 1 June 2020

The Nova Scotia Government has somewhat relaxed COVID19 policy, we can now have groups of 10 provided social distancing of 2m is observed.  What does this mean for the club?  It means we can move towards something a little more less restrictive.

1.  We will be moving back to the old sign-in book starting Tuesday June 2nd.

2.  We can have up to 10 members present in the clubhouse and shooting line, however you must respect the 2m social distancing requirement.  All club members are reminded that when we have more than 3 shooters on the line, there must be a stand-alone RSO who cannot shoot.  Please show some courtesy for any members who may be waiting to shoot.

3.  Pack out your garbage.  Clean up your brass, even if it is forward of the concrete.  Do not sweep your brass off the concrete.  Return shooting materials (sandbags, etc) to the shelf.

4.  PPE (masks, gloves, etc) use is encouraged.  However, PPE will not be provided.  We have limited resources in terms of cleaning materials at the club, no running water.  If you feel you are at risk, please consider not coming up to the club to shoot.

5.  If you are feeling sick, don’t come up to the club.

6.  We will continue the “no guest” policy.  

7.  The club is closed to social events.

8.  New Member Orientations will take place on Saturdays, 1030-noon.  During this time the club will be closed to regular shooting.

9.  All members are reminded that everybody at the club is responsible for observing the 2m social distancing requirement.

10.  This could change again, if the NS Gov changes their posture.