Our 2020/21 Pandemic Plan

Our 2020/21 Pandemic Plan

All onsite community programs cancelled

until further notice.

It’s safe to say most of us were caught off guard. We had our work projects all lined up. We started meeting with community partners to put Summer and Fall events in place. All of a sudden, the bits and pieces we had gathering along the way, seemed to no longer fit.

In the past our facilitators, volunteers and instructors organized gatherings, meetings, conferences and group projects for “real life” socializing. The March 17th lock-down brought about a lightening fast re-alignment of priorities, along with a gradual transition to a new way of thinking, living, connecting and working. Summer and Fall community programs and meetings were cancelled.

During the past 4 months, our network members and associates have stayed in touch by phone, email and social media. Most have needed this time to determine how this ominous pandemic would impact our lives and relationships in the longer term.

July 13th 2020 – the Ontario Government announced Stage 3 of the Ontario Recovery Plan. It looks like indoor activities, events and gatherings with older adults will go to the end of the line. We discussed the possibility of a spike or resurgence of the virus in the Fall and Winter months. Most agreed to the use of a cautious “wait and see” approach. The decision was taken to wrap up any loose ends and honour all 2020 commitments previously made with existing community partners.

We will cease planning activities for any new 2020 onsite projects and public programs in the community. Events and onsite instructional activities for older adults are postponed until further notice. In December 2020, there will be one holiday gathering for network members, associates and volunteers.

Please note: over the Fall and Winter months, we’ll be re-training and building capacity to design/deliver virtual programs for the future.

With community partners, we’ll be connecting with researchers, non-profit organizations, and local services boards to develop a more collaborative approach to addressing needs during this difficult time.

We encourage our senior clients/participants and volunteers avoid crowds by sheltering at their place of residence to the maximum extent feasible. Fresh air activities (away from crowds) is encouraged. Stay close to the people on your primary circle. When there is a need to leave their residences for “Essential Activities,” they should follow Social Distancing Requirements, which involve wearing a mask, maintaining six-foot social distancing from other individuals, washing hands with soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible, using hand sanitizer, covering coughs or sneezes and regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces.