Range Safety and Protocol

Updated ‘Safer at Home’ COVID-19 Policy

After careful review of Governor Polis’ Executive Order D 2020 123 Amending and Extending Executive Order D 2020 091 Safer at Home and in the Vast, Great Outdoors , the EBOD’s have concluded that no change to our current COVID-19 policy is warranted and therefore is extended to July 30, 2020.
Additionally, the EBODs have also concluded that urgent BODs business will continue to be addressed via special EBODs meetings, as necessary, until the inside group meeting limitation is lifted allowing for our normal BOD meetings to resume. As always, and when necessary, under our current situation direct communication to the EBODs is highly encouraged in order for us to maintain situational awareness of WCFW Board business. Please, do not hesitate to email the Executive Board of Directors (President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary) if you have an issue that needs action.
Regards,
Dave Zehrbach,
WCFW, President

 

On June 1, 2020, Governor Jared Polis issued Executive Order D 2020 091 (Safer At Home And In The Vast, Great Outdoors) which continues Social Distancing and Safer At Home requirements, but allows it to take place in the great outdoors away from others as much as possible as long as there is a continued limit to social interaction, at least (6) feet separation from others not in their household, and to wear non-medical face coverings.  “This Executive Order implements a number of measures that will allow many Coloradans to return to work and recreation in the great outdoors while we maintain a sustainable level of Social Distancing.  Any business or activity not addressed in the Executive Order or any accompanying Public Health Order (PHO) may operate in accordance with general guidance from CDPHE concerning group limitations, Social Distancing Requirements, and sanitation and cleaning protocols”.  It also continued the limited reopening of certain institutions and business operations, group gatherings, in both public and private commercial spaces unless otherwise authorized by the PHO.  Additionally, the Director of the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE) was ordered to amend or issue public health orders (PHO) consistent with his Executive Order.  Specifically, to advise Coloradans to limit social interaction, limit travel outside their communities, testing for COVID-19 for those with flu-like symptoms and strict compliance of Social Distancing (6 feet separation, wearing of non medical face coverings and frequent hand washing).  Pursuant to that order, the CDPHE issued the Fifth Amended Public Health Order 20-28 (Safer At Home And It The Vast, Great Outdoors) on June 2, 2020.  Both Safer At Home orders, Executive Order D 2020 091 and Fifth Amended Public Health Order 20-28, remain in effect until July 1, 2020 unless modified or extended by further Executive Order.
Utilizing the general guidance from the latest CDPHE PHO, and the specific requirements of Appendix J: YOUTH SPORTS DAY CAMPS, and K: OUTDOOR RECREATION, the Executive Board Of Directors (EBODs) has reviewed the WCFW/High Plains’ Shooting Range COVID-19 policy for all members and guests and approves all calendar events with the following requirements:
1)  All persons utilizing range facilities are recommended to use a non-medical cloth face covering that covers the nose and mouth when sharing a range berm or field with other members or while participating in a group event interacting with other members or competitors.  They are not required while using range facilities if you are isolated by yourself or if you are with family members isolated by themselves.
2)  Limit social interaction to the greatest extent possible except as required to conduct Necessary Activities, such as Range Officer duties.
3)  Prohibit group gatherings of more that (25) persons outdoors and no more than (10) persons indoors, practice social distancing by maintaining 6 feet between participants.  Groups shall not mix with other groups.  When multiple ranges, berms, or fields are in use for an event no more than (25) persons can be on each range, berm, or field at one time, and when movement between ranges, berms, or fields is required those groups must not interact with other groups and must maintain social distancing at all times.
4)  Ensure that closure of unnecessary common areas, cleaning protocols, and mandatory social distancing requirements are followed at all times.
Additionally, consistent with these requirements, the EBODs have also decided to further amend the current policy and allow all calendar events to be conducted provided they comply with the aforementioned Executive and Public Health Orders and their requirements and the following additional guidelines:
1)  Group practice sessions are permitted provided the group does not exceed 25 participants per range, berm, or field.  Individual members, and the group, must comply with Social Distancing Requirements (face coverings, 6 feet separation, and avoid contact among participants) at all times.  No mingling of groups among adjacent ranges, berms, or fields.
2)  The clubhouse and pistol classroom will open for scheduled events only.  It is encouraged to minimize their use to preclude an additional sanitization requirement with limited staff personnel.  Strict Social Distancing is required.  Meetings or other scheduled events are authorized, however the (10) persons indoors limit applies.
3)  All portable toilet facilities will open immediately to support increased membership and group activity.
4)  Group events, matches, and meetings that are scheduled on the WCFW website calendar are the only activities authorized by the EBODs.  Changes or modification to events must be requested to the EBODs.
5)  Responsibility for total compliance of all COVID-19 policy requirements and guidelines rests with Discipline Directors, Match Directors, and event coordinators.
6)  Non compliance of these amended requirements and guidelines will result in event termination and/or range closure.
The Governor’s Executive Order and Colorado Department Of Public Health & Environment Order expire on July 1, 2020 at which time we will begin another review/update process.

Range Safety Rules UPDATED

Your Board of Directors are always looking to make WCFW a safe environment for all our members, guests and event participants.  As a result, we have spent many hours with a team to look at any recent safety violations and concerns on the range.  The BOD accepted and put into law these updated Range Safety Rules at the December meeting.  We hope that they are easier to understand and abide by so that all of us can remain safe on the range no matter what we are doing.  Remember, it’s ultimately up to YOU as a member to ensure the safe operation of firearms wherever you are on the range.   Click on the link in this post or visit the RESOURCES page to explore all the PDF documents related to range safety and more. Remember the 4 Cardinal Rules of Gun Safety even when off the range no matter where you are.