We’ll be hearing the term “Social Distancing” for a long time to come. It’s now a requirement for all businesses to enforce, in order to open and remain open.
What New Regulations Apply to the Club?
The club is allowed a maximum of 20 people in the building at any given time, including staff. All people in the building must maintain 1.5 metres distance from each other at all times, including on the firing line. No one infected with COVID-19 or showing “flu like symptoms” can be permitted.
How is the Club Going to Implement?
We have 10 shooting bays, all of which are 1.5 metres in width. We’re simply closing every second one, leaving us with 5 bays, each separated by 1.5 metres of empty bay.
As only 5 people can shoot at any given time, we don’t want to have lines of people waiting for their turn. In order to control both numbers in the building and range time, we’re introducing an online booking system where you’ll be able to choose a time with available spots and reserve a bay. All members, including management and staff, will be limited to 1 x 30 minute session per day. When you book, it will be a matter of first in, first get. We will be manually confirming reservations to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to use the range.
Keep in mind that Weapons Licensing have written off the period March 1 2020-June 30, 2020 and no competitions for this period are required. You don’t have to rush any last minute comps in to make up for the COVID closures.
If you’re sick, please don’t come to the club. We can’t admit anyone if there’s the slightest chance of infection.
No guests will be allowed until further notice. We’re restricted in terms of how many people can shoot at one time, and we have an obligation to our members to allow them access to the range.
Unlicensed members will not be able to shoot until further notice. Social Distancing requires everyone to be separated by 1.5 metres. The Weapons Act says supervision “must be direct and personal”. We don’t consider “direct and personal” supervision can be responsibly achieved at a distance of 1.5 metres or greater. This has an impact on your ability to get a licence, especially if you want a Cat H.
(EXCEPTION: Unlicensed shooters will be allowed, provided they are supervised by someone who is licensed and from the same residence.)
June is the busiest time of the year for us. We usually have lines of people out the doors, rushing their competitions in for the year and paying renewal fees. We can’t do that this year.
Ideally we’d like as many people as possible to pay electronically. That doesn’t mean you have to. Each year I’m surprised to see how many people still use cheques. If you can’t pay electronically you’re still welcome to come down and pay in person. We’re just trying to minimise any chance of having too many people at the club at once.
- All members are limited to 1 x 30 minute session of range time per day.
- If you want to shoot, you’ll need to book. This can be done online or by phone. We’d prefer you used the online form so we’re not answering the phone all day with limited staff.
- No guests or unlicensed shooters (some exemptions apply) until further notice.
- If you’re sick, stay home.
- Always obey the Social Distancing requirements.
These restrictions are frustrating, but they will come to an end. The Club will be removing all restrictions when we’re allowed to. This page will be updated accordingly.