18 April 2022
Subject: Communication from the President on COVID-19 Update to Oakville Camera Club Members
Dear Valued Member of the Oakville Camera Club;
I hope this letter finds you safe, healthy, and well. We all were very encouraged over the summer months to see that Ontario had moved into Reopening Ontario - Phase of the COVID-19 recovery. Please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario for further information.
With respect to the concern over the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the leadership of the Oakville Camera Club continues to remain proactive. By monitoring the situation locally, understanding the ongoing developments, and adjusting our strategy accordingly, we hope to keep providing opportunities to you, our photographers, in a friendly, and supportive environment. We strive to explore opportunities where we can contribute through the photographic arts, and offer knowledge sharing opportunities amongst our members.
As a valued member of the Oakville Camara Club family, in light of the recent developments mentioned above, we continue to make many adjustments and implement a number of impactful changes. We continued to be in direct communication with the Town of Oakville. We are excited by our upcoming 2022 programming, and are pleased with the progression of our current plans to return to in-person meetings at Queen Elizabeth Park Cultural and Community Centre. We do understand that many of you are concerned and apprehensive about the future, and our return to in-person sessions. As such, we have reached out to the Town of Oakville and QEP with questions around proof of vaccine, and how it would affect our group going forward. I wanted to start by saying thank you for your patience as we gathered and planned for the implementation.
In accordance with Province of Ontario requirements, the Town of Oakville has implemented the following:
- Masks are no longer required at most town facilities
- Proof of Vaccination program is NO LONGER REQUIRED to enter Town facilities.
- On March 19, Halton Region repealed the Regional Mask By-law. Effective March 21, mask wearing is no longer required to enter any town facility, with the exception of public areas within the transit facility and on town buses. While masking will no longer be mandatory, it is important to remember that people will have different comfort levels with the lifting of various COVID-19 restrictions.
- The town supports residents and their choice to continue the personal protective practices that make them feel comfortable and encourages residents to continue following public health guidance:
- Get vaccinated for COVID-19, including getting your booster shot
- Stay home if you are sick
- Wash or sanitize your hands frequently
- Please note that provincial and regional regulations require masks to be worn on Oakville Transit buses and within public areas of the transit facility until April 27, 2022.
- As our community transitions away from public health measures, please remain kind, considerate and respectful of each other’s individual choices.
Proof of vaccination: Proof of Vaccination (oakville.ca)
Rules for areas at Step 3 and at the roadmap exit step: O. Reg. 645/21: RULES FOR AREAS AT STEP 3 AND AT THE ROADMAP EXIT STEP (ontario.ca)
Download your proof of vaccination: Ontario COVID-19 vaccination service (ontariohealth.ca)
OCC 2022 Programming - Looking Forward:
We are continuing to review our 2022 programming as we slowly move back into an in-person meeting program, included planning workshops and outings. We continue to plan for a return to an in-person Photography Exhibition and Gala for our 16th Annual Capture Oakville Photography Competition.
Be assured we will do everything we can to continue to serve our Members safely, and will continue to closely follow the guidance of the Health Canada, the US Centre for Disease Control (CDC), and both Ontario provincial authorities, and local health officials. We need to practice ongoing physical and social distancing, and it is is imperative to follow these guidelines when participating in group gatherings.
Stay Safe everyone!
Oakville Camera Club President;
Chair, Capture Oakville Committee
Visit Us! Oakville Camera Club website: www.oakvillecameraclub.com
Capture Oakville website: www.captureoakville.com
COVID-19 Health Advice - Helpful Tips - Public Health Ontario
The health and well-being of our family, friends and colleagues are top priority for us and we are committed to providing a safe space for all. For further details, please visit: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/diseases-and-conditions/infectious-diseases/respiratory-diseases/novel-coronavirus/public-resources
In order to provide assurance that appropriate measures are in place to ensure that our spaces (homes and offices) are safe, please consider the following:
- A daily wipe down of hard surfaces
- Single use hand cloths available
- Disinfecting hand soap available
- Alcohol-based hand sanitizers
For the protection of yourself and fellow members, please refrain from coming to the any OCC events if you are feeling unwell. Be mindful and assess yourself for the following symptoms:
- Difficulty Breathing
In addition, being aware of your exposure risks, and preventive measures you can enact to minimize potential exposure situations, such as:
- You have traveled to one of the affected areas in the 14 days prior to symptoms starting
- You have been in close contact with someone who has experienced similar symptoms (as described above) within 14 days of visiting one of the affected areas
- You have been exposed to a person with a confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 infection
While the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the current public health risk associated with coronavirus as low, we ask you to be mindful while interacting with teachers, fellow students, family and friends. The best way to protect yourself is to practice good health hygiene and safe physical and social distancing.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, clean hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer where you are unable to wash
- Use single-use cloths in bathrooms for drying
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Avoid handshakes and give a fist bump, a nod, a smile instead
- Cough or sneeze into your arm or sleeve
- Stay home if you feel unwell
- Physical distancing means keeping our distance from one another and limiting activities outside the home
- When outside your home, it means staying at least 2 metres (or 6 feet) away from other people whenever possible
- Wearing a mask can help to prevent the spread of some respiratory illnesses, and may be necessary where you cannot properly distance when in public (i.e., public transit)
This is a time to continue to work together as community to keep us all healthy and safe.
We know there is an overwhelming amount of information out there; for the most current information on COVID-19, including government health guidelines. Please contact Public Health Ontario or the following resources at:
- 1-866-797-0000 if you meet the symptom criteria outlined above, or visit: