COVID-19: Weekly Update 03.26


The Special General Meeting, originally scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2020 has been postponed until further notice. Once a date has been scheduled,Club members will be notified.

Dear Union Club Members,

On behalf of the General Committee, thank you for your support as our Club and community enter uncharted waters. It is hard to believe that it’s been only 10 days since our world began to change at breakneck speed and on such an unprecedented scale. 

A small rotating staff remain on site including the Management Team and Maintenance. They continue to address members’ inquiries, manage and maintain our Clubhouse and look at how best to engage with our members in light of social and physical distancing requirements. Between members of the Management Team and our overnight security staff, the building is being secured 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A first step in this is Members Helping Members. As described below in this email, we are a family at the Club and know that some members may need assistance and others want to help with such tasks as acquiring groceries and medications. 

Our General Manager David Hammonds has heard from members concerned about our staff. They are integral to the Club and we want to ensure they return to work as soon as it is safe to do so. Mr. Hammonds remains in touch with staff whether it is last week’s food distribution or sharing information on how the Club can assist them. 

Regarding the latter, Vice President Lyle Soetaert with a few General Committee and club members are actively looking into how the Club can assist staff. We will let you know of any actions as soon as we can. In the meanwhile, please remember that by continuing with the monthly Staff Fund fee, you are supporting our staff. 

A Frequently Asked Questions section is now posted on the Member Central site under COVID-19 News (member log-in required). The FAQs continue to evolve and we thank you for your patience as we work to answer your questions. We also appreciate members keeping accounts up to date at this time as monthly dues fund the upkeep and fixed expenses of the Club even while the facility is closed.

Given our commitment to stay in touch, weekly emails will continue in addition to announcements or Club news. We are also exploring how we can continue with printed material. It may not look like the monthly State of the Union newsletter, but we want to ensure that all members have information on the Club and our community.

Today, we can only guess what the future holds. What is for certain is the commitment of the General Committee and Management to the safety of our members, staff and Clubhouse, keeping members informed of next steps, while engaging our membership and strategizing our next steps, be it short term or looking to the future. To this end, we are meeting regularly and remotely.

I look forward to welcoming you back to the Club. Until then, stay calm, stay safe and stay clean.

Thank you,

Grace Van den Brink, President


During this difficult time, many of our at-risk members will need help with acquiring groceries and/or medication. The strength of community unity is more important than ever!

If you are healthy, able and willing to help, please contact Danielle Scott at with your name, service area, phone number and/or email address.

Once a list of volunteers has been formulated, the Club will post this list of available members weekly on the member’s side of the website, in order to maintain privacy. Those needing help can then contact you directly to organize assistance.

We are a family at the Club, and in these times, we need to look out for one another and help where we can. 


BC Health has recently released a Support App and Self-Assessment tool. The app will let you receive the latest updates, trusted resources, and alerts. The Self Assessment tool is built in.

To download the app for your Apple device, please click here.

To download the app for your Android device, please click here.

If you do not want to download the app, you can access the web version. Please note that this is best viewed on a mobile device.


as shared by the BC Centre for Disease Control

If you have been asked to self-isolate at home because of the possibility of having come into contact with an infected person or because you traveled, this does not necessarily mean that you have COVID-19, but you are at risk for developing the disease and passing the infection on to others.

DO Stay at Home for 14 Days

Work from home

Use food delivery services or online shopping

DO Protect Others

Wash your hands frequently (hand hygiene)

Cough into your sleeve (respiratory etiquette)

Keep 2 metres away from others (social distancing)

Greet with a wave instead of a handshake, a kiss or a hug

DO Monitor Your Symptoms

If you develop a cough or fever, report symptoms to by calling 811

If you are having trouble breathing, call 911

If you are directed to an assessment centre or the Emergency Department, wear a surgical/procedure mask

If travelling by ambulance, notify the dispatcher that you may have COVID-19

DO Keep in Contact with Friends

Use technology, such as video calls, to keep in touch with friends and family

Host virtual meetings, hangouts, family dinners or playdates with your children

DO Continue to Exercise

Exercise at home

Go outside for some fresh air, a run, bike ride, walk the dog or get the mail – ensuring you stay 2 metres away from others

DO Clean All High-Touch Surfaces

High-touch surfaces: toilets, bedside tables and door handles should be cleaned daily using a store bought disinfectant. If not available use a diluted bleach solution, one part bleach to 50 parts water (e.g. mix 10ml bleach with 500ml water), and allow the surface to remain wet for 1 minute

If they can withstand the use of liquids for disinfection, high-touch electronics such as phones, computers and other devices should be disinfected with 60% alcohol that remains wet for 1 minute

DO NOT Go to School, Work or Other Public Areas

For example: malls, fitness centres or places of worship

DO NOT Have Visitors

Except for individuals providing care or delivering food/supplies, and in that case, maintain a distance of 2 metres

DO NOT Use Public Transportation

For example: buses, taxi cabs, etc.

DO NOT Share Personal Items with Others

Including toothbrushes, towels, linens, thermometers, cigarettes, unwashed utensils and electronic devices (such as phones and computers)

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