Memorandum to All Reel Anglers Fishing Club Members:
Meeting Guidelines as of 10/19/2020
Re: CDC and ADA Guidelines
Now that the RAFC has resumed gatherings it is important to solidify guidelines for the near future, until such CDC and ADA guidelines changes in respect to Covid-19. The RAFC Board held a meeting to try to address respect for all of its members. The following statements are taken from the current CDC and ADA website guidelines:
1. “CDC recommends that all people, whether or not they have had COVID-19, take steps to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. Wash hands regularly, stay at least 6 feet away from others whenever possible, and wear masks.”
2. ADA statement: “The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world in many ways. People with disabilities, people with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, and people over the age of 60, are at a higher risk of becoming infected and most likely to become seriously ill. Safety measures such as social distancing, stay at home orders, and the wearing of face masks, or cloth face covering are now part of our daily lives. For the purposes of this document, the term “face mask” will be used for both face masks and cloth face coverings.
ADA does not have any rules that address the required use of face masks by state and local governments or private business owners. If a person with a disability is not able to wear a face mask, state and local agencies and private businesses must consider reasonable modifications to a face mask policy so that the person with the disability can participate in, or benefit from, the programs offered or goods and services that are provided.
Examples of reasonable modifications to a face mask policy:
Allow a person to wear a scarf, loose face covering, or full face shield instead of a face mask.
SUMMARY: As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, state and local government agencies and private business must make reasonable modifications to allow people with disabilities to access the goods and services they offer. Following ADA requirements for reasonable modifications within federal, state, and local health and safety guideline will allow you to keep employees and customers safe, reduce new infections, and still provide goods and services to everyone.”
The RAFC Board has met and agreed to follow the above guidelines with respect to those with disabilities, and the use of alternate face coverings.
Indoor General Meeting:
Until the pandemic eases, and guidelines change, all members will be required to wear face masks/coverings to the meetings. Face masks/coverings must be in place upon entering, while engaging in the meeting, and while leaving the RAFC meetings. Social distancing is also expected to be practiced at this time.
Ladyfish Lunch in the Park, Fish Talk in the Park, etc.: Please bring a mask/face covering with you. If you can maintain social distancing practices when seated, please feel free to drop your face mask/covering. Please respect if others chose not to remove their covering.
Sanibel Fun Fishing event – Please bring a mask/face covering with you. If you can maintain social distancing practices when fishing, please feel free to drop your face mask/covering. Please respect if others chose not to remove their covering.
If you wish to participate in the event demonstrations that do not allow for safe distancing, please wear your face mask/covering while in the group. Please use hand sanitizer before handling items being demonstrated.
Your cooperation in following these guidelines will allow us to meet with as much personal comfort and safety as we can provide at this time. Thank you.