To all VFGPA members:
These are trying times.
Our Property falls under the Government of BC CLASS ORDER (mass gatherings) re: COVID-19, issued by the BC Provincial Health Officer.
Essentially, the VFGPA belongs to the class of people who are the owner, occupier or operator, or are otherwise responsible for, a place or places at which large numbers of people gather in BC; and we have been lawfully ordered to prohibit the gathering of people in excess of 50 people at a place of which are the owner, occupier or operator (until 30 May 2020 subject to revision, cancellation or extension).
Because of the unique circumstances of the size of our property, and the number of ranges, we are seeking clarification from BC Health on these orders.
At this point in time, our facilities remain open ….. BUT ….
The Rifle Range will have ‘Do Not Use’ signs on alternating tables, so that we keep within the ‘social distancing’ guidelines.
All discipline directors are to comply with this direction. This is especially important for trap, skeet, sporting clays, SIAS and airsoft discipline/sections.
Each discipline director must decide to reduce the number of participants to fewer than 50, or to cancel the event.
In addition, orientation and other clubhouse courses are to be limited to 25, in order to provide social distancing within the classroom during the event. This may be further reduced at the discretion of the instructor.
All members are encouraged to follow “the basics” including:
- Staying off VFGPA property if you, or anyone you know, are at risk, or have any of the symptoms of COVID-19;
- Maintaining Good hand hygiene;
- Avoiding touching one’s eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands;
- Practising respiratory etiquette; and
- Keeping appropriate social distance.
We should remain aware that this is a very fluid situation. We will continue to monitor the situation closely, and respond as required.
Finally, some of us are old enough to remember childhood polio and measle epidemics. While COVID-19 is a serious health issue; our communities and our country have successfully weathered much worse. We do so by looking after ourselves, our family, and our neighbours. If you feel the need to help, give blood. O negative and B negative supplies are especially low.
Douglas Bancroft, President, VFGPA
The Club’s facilities have something for everyone. They are nestled in a forest of Douglas Fir and Arbutus overlooking Saanich Inlet, on Holker Place, at the top of the Malahat.
Please note that all members and day pass users must sign in and sign out at the kiosk near the entrance, and if using the Multi-Purpose Range, sign in and sign out at the Multi-Purpose Range kiosk, also. Non-members must obtain a day pass (available at the Main Kiosk when entering the property, or from the caretaker) to ENTER the facilities. Memberships, targets, ear and eye protection, and information are also available from the caretaker. Everyone using the facilities must be familiar with the VFGPA Range Rules. See the membership tab for more information.
Shooting can ONLY take place between 09:00 – 16:00
Gates are locked at 16:30 SHARP.