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May 13th

Ontario has extended the Stay-at-Home Order until at least June 2nd, 2021.  This will impact the start of the 2021 Rowing season at ONEC.  
The RCC is currently working on contingency plans with the goal to open as soon as possible once authorized by Public Health Ontario / Ottawa Public Health.
More details will be posted shortly and sent out to the Rowing membership by Email.  If you have any questions in the meantime, don't hesitate to use the Get in Touch with your RCC form available: here

APR 17th

Ontario has extended the current stay-at-home order until May 20th due to the concerning increase in Covid-19 cases.  The government also intends to implement additional safety measures effective April 17th, 2021 at 12:01 am (including the closure of outdoor recreational amenities). 
ONEC Rowing will strive to maintain the original plan to open for the season come June 1st.  This means we will be busy re-opening and putting in docks as of late May.  Boats will return to the club as planned on May 29th & 30th.  Stay tuned for more details. 
 
We are also hopeful that Learn to Row programming will start on June 5th as originally planned.  ONEC Rowing Head Coach and the ONEC Covid-19 planning committee are working together to ensure a safe learning environment for our new rowers.
ONEC Rowing will continue to monitor the situation closely and update the Covid-19 information page as more details become available.
Please see the FAQ below for specific information on what the current stay-at-home orders mean for rowing at ONEC.

What does the Emergency Province-wide shutdown mean for ONEC Rowing?

What does the Emergency Province-wide shutdown mean for ONEC Rowing?


  • ONEC Rowing will not be operating during the Emergency Province-wide shudown restrictions.




What happens if the situation changes?


The RCC is monitoring the current Covid-19 situation and Public Health safety requirements very closely. We will update the membership with communications and implement any changes immediately as they pertain to current recommendations from Ontario and Ottawa Public Health authorities. We are hopeful that the situation in Ottawa will improve as vaccines become more widely available. Rowing will resume as restrictions are lifted. Updates will be posted on www.rowonec.com and sent to the membership by Email.




What if my Learn to Row classes are delayed?


In the event that ONEC Rowing is unable to run Learn to Row programming due to covid-19 stay-at-home orders we will offer alternative dates later in the summer. If you are unable to attend the alternative dates or ONEC Rowing is unable to provide alternative dates, you will be offered a full refund (minus credit card fees).




What if I have further questions at this time?


Please contact the RCC via the "Contact your RCC" form in the Members "Dashboard" located in the main header of the website or by clicking ( here).





APR 3RD

Ontario implemented a Provincewide Emergency brake in response to the concerning rise in Covid-19 cases during the month of March.  The shutdown came into effect April 3, 2021 at 12:01 am and the government intends to keep current measures in place for at least four weeks.
Major dates and events for reopening the Club mostly fall within the month of May.  For this reason the RCC is optimistic that we are still on tract for a June 1st start to the rowing season and June 5th start for our Learn to row programming.
Please see the FAQ below for specific details on what the Grey Lockdown means for ONEC Rowing.

What does Grey - Lockdown mean for ONEC Rowing?

What does Grey - Lockdown mean for ONEC Rowing?


  • Singles and Doubles from the same household are permitted.
  • Programming including Learn to Row is unable to operate.
  • This policy does not apply to day camps. Please see www.onec.ca for further details.




What happens if the situation changes?


The RCC is monitoring the current Covid-19 situation and Public Health safety requirements very closely. We will update the membership with communications and implement any changes immediately as they pertain to current recommendations from Ontario and Ottawa Public Health authorities. We are hopeful that the situation in Ottawa will improve as vaccines become more widely available. Rowing will resume as restrictions are lifted. Updates will be posted on www.rowonec.com and sent to the membership by Email.




What if I have further questions at this time?


Please contact the RCC via the "Contact your RCC" form in the Members "Dashboard" located in the main header of the website or by clicking (here).





Mar 21st

Spring is here.  ONEC Rowing is diligently preparing for the start of a safe Rowing season.  We are aiming for June 1st as the launch of the 2021 season.
 
On Friday, March 19th Ottawa moved to the Red - Control level of the COVID-19 Response Framework due to rising case numbers in the community. 
We will be implementing a process similar to last year with a few changes in order to keep members safe and healthy.  A Membership update over ZOOM will be hosted a bit closer to the start of the rowing season.  We will outline the 2021 Covid-19 Rowing Policy and Waterfront Procedures along with an opportunity for members to ask questions and provide feedback.
Please review the FAQ created below for more detailed information given our current situation in Ottawa:

What does Red - Control mean for ONEC Rowing?

What Public Health regulations apply to ONEC Rowing in a Red - Control framework?


Ontario Public Health response framework guidelines: Red - Control

  • Maintain 2 metres physical distancing at all times
  • Increase spacing between patrons to 3 metres in areas where there are weights or exercise equipment and in exercise and fitness classes
  • Capacity limits, where physical distancing can be maintained
    • 10 people in indoor areas with weights and exercise machines
    • 10 people in all indoor classes or
    • 25 people in outdoor classes
    • No spectators permitted, however each person under 18 may be accompanied by one parent or guardian
  • Team sports must not be practiced or played except for training (no games or scrimmage)
  • Activities that are likely to result in individuals coming within 2 metres of each other are not permitted; no contact permitted for team or individual sports
  • Exemptions for high performance athletes and parasport
  • Patrons may only be in the facility for 90 minutes except if engaging in a sport
  • Limit volume of music to be low enough that a normal conversation is possible; measures to prevent shouting by both instructors and members of the public
  • Face coverings required except when exercising
  • Require contact information for all members of the public that enter the facility
  • Require reservation for entry; one reservation for teams
  • Screening of patrons is required, in accordance with instructions issued by the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health
  • A safety plan is required to be prepared and made available upon request




How do those regulation specifically apply to ONEC Rowing?


  • Maintain 2 metres physical distancing at all times
  • 25 people in outdoor settings (Rowing and Learn to Row classes can continue)
  • Singles allowed
  • Doubles allowed (rowers must be from same social circle/household). No Quad rows.
  • Face coverings required except when exercising
    • Masks must be worn at the waterfront and on the dock until you push off for your row
  • Require contact information for all members of the public that enter the facility
    • You will complete a similar sign-in form to last year
  • Require reservation for entry
    • This will be handled by the boat reservation system. Both public and private boats must be booked on the reservation system prior to arriving at the Club
  • Screening of patrons is required
    • You will be required to read a screening form and follow instructions posted at the entry gate prior to entering the waterfront grounds. If you pass the screen, you may enter and complete the required paperwork on a small workstation beside where the oars are kept. If you answer "Yes" to a single question, you will need to head home, and immediately contact the Safety Officer via the "Contact your RCC" Form available in the "Dashboard" of www.rowonec.com




What happens if the situation changes?


The RCC is monitoring the current Covid-19 situation and Public Health safety requirements very closely. We will update the membership with communications and implement any changes immediately as they pertain to current recommendations from Ontario and Ottawa Public Health authorities. We are hopeful that Ottawa's situation will continue to improve as more people receive their vaccines. Rowing restrictions will be eased for Orange - Restrict recommendations. Rowing will be temporarily suspended for Grey - Lockdown recommendations.




What if I have further questions at this time?


Please contact the RCC via the "Contact your RCC" form in the Members "Dashboard" located in the main header of the website or by clicking (here).





FEB 17th

On Tuesday, Febrary 16, 2021 at 12:01 AM, Ottawa moved back to the Orange-Restrict zone of the province's COVID-19 response framework.  Sports and recreational fitness facilities are able to resume outdoor activity for small groups up to 25 per class.
Specifically, outdoor ski, ice and snow recreational amenities can be open for recreational purposes.
Everyone must stay 2 metres apart and wear a mask at all times, except when exercising.  A reservation system must be in place that includes name and contact information.
ONEC cross country group skis will resume this upcoming weekend for groups of up to 10 people.  Please ensure that you fill out the Screening form on the morning of your group activity.
See below for additional guidance:

(NCC Outdoor Activity Recommendations)

If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, are waiting for test results or have tested positive, stay home and follow isolation guidelines.

Wear a mask or face covering where required, or when physical distancing is not possible. Have your mask with you at all times.

Stay at least two metres (six feet) apart from those outside your household, even if you are wearing a mask or face covering.

Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer regularly, especially before touching your face. Have hand sanitizer with you at all times.

Follow directional signage.

FEB 11th

The number of Covid-19 cases peaked in Ottawa with 987 new cases reported in the city during the week of Jan 3rd.  Since the Provincewide shutdown, Ottawa has seen a significant drop in cases.  There were 351 cases reported during the first week of February.
This week, Ontario announced that stay-at-home orders will be gradually lifted region per region depending on case rates per 100.000 population.  Currently, Ottawa remains under stay-at-home orders until at least Feb 16th.
All ONEC in-person group activity remains suspended.  This will be reassessed mid-month, with an update provided here, on our covid-19 information page.
 
In the meantime, the RCC hopes you are able to get outdoors as an individual or family to enjoy the many Trails of the National Capital Region or join in on a zoomERG class.

Jan 14th

Ontario has declared it's second Provincial Emergency to address the Covid-19 crisis and save lives.  New enforcement measures include a stay-at-home order for all but essential activity.  Outdoor gatherings are now restricted to a maximum of 5 people, and are limited to people from the same family or social unit.
For this reason, ONEC has made the difficult decision to suspend all group winter activity until it is safe to resume.
We will continue to monitor the situation, and follow Provincial and Municipal guidelines.  In the meantime, we hope that you will still be able to get outdoors with family and enjoy the many NCC winter trails that remain open in your respective province.
Please post your photos to the ONEC Member gallery at www.rowonec.com/shared-gallery and keep other members updated with stories of your favourite trails, and snow conditions.

Dec 26th

Ontario entered it's second shutdown period as of Dec 26th, 2020 at 12:01 am.  As per Provincial guidelines, outdoor trails for X-country skiing and snowshoeing remain open.  The limit for organized outdoor public events is 10 people. 
We will proceed with socially distanced winter sports.  The ONEC Rowing Covid-19 online health questionnaire must be completed on the morning of the activity.
We will follow Provincial guidelines as well as Gatineau Park recommendations for participating in socially distanced winter activities.