This framework explains the high-level policies and necessary protocols for NTSC to operate during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID Task Force, which reports to the Board of Directors, uses a hierarchy of principles to evaluate changes and additions to the COVID Framework. In order of priority, these principles are:
Legal protection of the Club
Safety of the members
Ease of operating the Club
To evaluate a change or addition to the Framework, the Task Force asks how these changes and additions would affect the principles (i.e. principle-based decision making).
The COVID Committee will monitor Ontario COVID public health measures and advice. The Committee will advise the Board of any recommended changes for NTSC events, including, but not limited to, alpine and cross country day trips, travel trips and socials. NTSC will align trips and events with what is permitted and in the spirit of Ontario COVID public health measures (or destination public health measures). See Ontario COVID-19 Public Health Measures.
Operating during a pandemic requires changes to typical programming offered by the Club.
For the 2022/23 season, NTSC continues to support the Ontario Ministry of Health recommendation that individuals be fully vaccinated, including being up-to-date on all available boosters. However, we will not track members' vaccination status.
We will monitor Ontario Ministry of Health guidelines and will make decisions such as requiring masks to be worn on buses, reporting of COVID-19 positive status and any other COVID-19 protocol changes based on these guidelines.
You should continue to wear a mask if:
NTSC members and their guests must follow ALL NTSC and partner protocols, including but not limited to bus carriers, host resorts, and Local Public Health Authorities when participating in NTSC activities.
See Day Trips, Travel Trips and Socials section below for specific cancellation policies due to a positive COVID test or COVID symptoms. For the purposes of this section, in-person events include alpine and cross country day trips and lessons, travel trips, social events and meetings.
Prior to attending an in-person event, you must take a self-assessment if you have any symptoms of illness or have tested positive for COVID-19.
You may not attend in-person events if you have symptoms of illness or have tested positive for COVID-19.
NTSC follows the Ontario guidance What to do if you have been exposed to COVID-19. Please follow the guidance for these scenarios.
You must isolate if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or have tested positive for the virus.
You may need to isolate if you live with someone who has COVID-19 or COVID-19 symptoms.
You do not need to isolate, but must still monitor for symptoms and take all necessary precautions if you’ve been exposed to someone from another household with symptoms of COVID-19 or a positive test result
You must follow the Ontario prescribed isolation periods and not attend in-person events during your isolation period.
You must isolate for at least five days if you are fully vaccinated.
You must isolate for at least 10 days if you are not fully vaccinated
Your isolation period begins the day after you noticed your symptoms or the day after you received a positive test result – whichever came first. The day you first noticed symptoms or took the test is considered day zero.
If you reach the end of your isolation period and have a fever or other symptoms, you must continue to isolate until your symptoms have improved for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours if the symptoms affect the digestive system) and you have no fever.
If you feel sick but your symptoms are not in the list above, stay home until you feel better for at least 24 hours (or 48 hours if the symptoms affect the digestive system).
For five days (or 10 days if you are immunocompromised) after your isolation period ends, you must wear a well-fitted mask when attending any in-person events,
Failure to comply with NTSC or partner safety measures or protocols will be taken seriously by NTSC. The board reserves the right to sanction members, including but not limited to warnings, removal from a trip, termination of membership, and expulsion from NTSC.
The following information is for NTSC bus riders.
Members participating in an NTSC lessons must follow protocols outlined in Sections 1.2, 1.3 and 1.4. Safety protocols such as requiring face masks and social distancing during lunch will be determined and communicated closer to the start of lessons. By registering for a lesson, you are agreeing to abide by the protocols in place at the time of your lesson..
While NTSC is not requiring proof of vaccination to participate in Club activities this season, all Travel trip participants will need to follow vaccination requirements and rules for trip destinations. If you register for a trip, you are responsible for ensuring you are compliant with all destination vaccination, testing and documentation requirements. These requirements could change at any time.
Bus safety protocols such as requiring face masks, not allowing food or alcohol, assigning seats, etc. will be determined and communicated closer to the start of Travel trips. By registering for a trip, you are agreeing to abide by the protocols in place at the time of your trip.
Please read in conjunction with section 2.3 Bus Passenger Protocols. Bus transportation protocols will be evaluated before each air and bus trip commences. Current protocols for an air trip or bus trip include, but are not limited to:
A request that trip participants exercise caution in the two weeks before the start of a Travel trip, including wearing a mask in public and especially indoors at large gatherings.
Wearing a mask during airline flights.
By registering for a trip, members agree to follow Bus Transportation protocols in place at the time of their trip.
NTSC volunteers are empowered to apply all Club policies and procedures and escalate through Directors as required.