Since March 23,2020 the East Elgin Sportsmen’s Association has been closed to its members due to the COVID-19 pandemic. All of us have been watching closely and waiting for these restrictions to be lifted.
Today the provincial government announced phase 1 of its plan to reopen businesses for modified operations. In his briefing Premier Ford indicated that facilities such as golf courses and rod and gun facilities would be able to open on Saturday May 16, 2020.
We then communicated that fact to our membership, it appears that we may have done so in haste. After reviewing the written proposal for reopening we have made the decision that it is the government’s intention to open gun range’s on Tuesday May 19,2020 and not this Saturday as previously stated.
We would like to apologize for this miscommunication and understand that this is disappointing. We are however committed to opening the club in the coming week.
Thank you for your understanding
The Emergency order has now been extended to June 2nd and EESA will be remaining closed until the provincial government announces we are allowed to open. This announcement is expected to come before the end of May but unfortunately we can not be sure. Members will be notified as soon as we have an opening date.
On April 14th the Provincial government extended the covid-19 closures another 28 days. We are now closed until further notice and will make members aware of any updates or changes.
The East Elgin Sportsmen’s Association will be complying with the provincial governments most recent closure extension and extending our closure until April 18th. This date however is subject to change and will reflect the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding the covid-19 virus.
Again we do apologize for the inconvenience.
COVID-19 -EESA Status
It was the intent and hopes of The East Elgin Sportsmen’s Association that the club would remain open for day to day use by our members during the covid-19 pandemic.
Unfortunately with the release of the essential services list by the provincial government, remaining open would put the club in a position of potential prosecution and put our members health and well being in jeopardy. Neither of which we find acceptable.
List of Essential Workplaces
With this in mind, and in accordance with the Provincial Government’s mandate, we regret to inform our membership that effective immediately the East Elgin Sportsmen’s Association, including all indoor and outdoor facilities, will be closed for a duration of 2 weeks.
This closure will commence on Tuesday March 24th at midnight and extend until Tuesday April 7th at midnight.
Further, due to this closure, and the covid-19 guidelines, the 2020 Annual General Meeting will be cancelled and all reports and documentation to be presented or discussed at the AGM will be sent to all members via email attachments and posted at eesa.ca.
It is the responsibility of the EESA Board of Directors to protect the club and it’s membership from any and all possible harm or adverse actions, this includes prosecution from the government and the safety of our members and their families. Despite current legislation to close, the decision to do so was not made easily and we sincerely regret any inconvenience or disruption to members routines or planned outings. We will continue to monitor developments concerning covid-19 and make our members aware of any changes.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.
The East Elgin Sportsmen’s Association Board of Directors
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO MEMBERS
Due to recent misinformation on social media the EESA Board of Directors are issuing the
There is an ongoing investigation which does not include any current serving members of the BOD. Therefore, at this time, we can not provide any further comment.
Club members will be updated as allowed by the investigation.
We appreciate your support and patience during this time.
As of January 1st 2020 recent changes to the guest policy at East Elgin will be implemented. Members and their guests will now be required to make use of one shooting station only and have only one person at a time shooting. This change is due to recent incidents involving unsupervised guests and is aimed at preventing the EESA from experiencing similar situations as two other clubs in Southern Ontario have. Below is our entire Guest Policy with the changes.
PLEASE NOTE: Members with guests are now required to make use of one shooting station only and only one person at a time shooting, this change is the result of recent incidents by unsupervised guests. This also assures shooting stations will be available for members.
Each member is allowed to bring up to 3 guests at a time and up to 3 times per year. This means any guest may only attend a maximum of 3 times in a year.
New members during their probationary period (90 days) are allowed to bring only 1 guest at a time.
Guests MUST complete and place in the office mail slot a Guest / Visitor waiver located in the club house. All ranges also have waivers and mail boxes supplied to deposit forms. This form MUST be completed or the member is putting the club at risk. If the form is not completed the Guest / Visitor is NOT covered by our insurance and any incidents that may occur are the sole responsibility and liability of the member who brought the guest. Failure to complete the required form(s) will result in a 30 day suspension of guest privileges.
Understand that members are 100% responsible for the actions of their guests at all times and must not be left unattended at any time. Members must ensure their guests do not have unsupervised access to any firearm unless that person is licensed for that type of firearm. Supervision of a shooter on the firing line is one on one.