Well Stage 3 is finally here. As of Friday, 17 July 2020, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 533, Byron Springbank will be open and return to almost normal operation.
Obviously, with moving indoors, we are subject to many restrictions:
- Add your contact information to the Contact Tracing list
- Face masks are to be worn WHENEVER YOU ARE NOT SEATED in the clubroom
- Limit of 50 people indoors (during daylight hours, the patio is available for overflow
- All patrons must be seated when eating or drinking in the establishment. This means no drinking or standing at the bar or high tables
- Physical distancing of two metres between patrons from different households or social circles also continues to apply
- No dancing or singing allowed
- No buffet style food service
- No darts or pool
To see the complete “A Framework for Reopening our Province Stage 3 document go to https://files.ontario.ca/mof-framework-reopening-province-stage-3-en-2020-07-13.pdf)
The current configuration of entering the clubroom through the front stairs/elevator and exiting by way of the rear stairs will be maintained.
Our current patio will remain in place until the weather turns cold. The patio will open at the same time as the Legion but will close at dusk. Smoking is restricted to the alley behind the Legion, even when the patio is closed. When sitting in the patio area, refill your refreshments by returning to the bar either through the front stairs or elevator.
For those members who have not taken advantage of our patio we look forward to seeing you again in the clubroom
The following rules will still apply to The Patio
- Enter the Legion through the front door at the top of the stairs, or the Elevator
- Proceed down into the Clubroom and stop at the hand satirizing station
- Follow the arrows to the bar, keeping 6 feet apart from other patrons
- Once you have your order, follow the arrows to the stairs to the rear exit and go out to The Patio.
- Tables have been placed 2 Metres apart so that groups maintain the social distancing rules. Groups should not co-mingle. DO NOT MOVE THE TABLES FROM THE ASSIGNED LOCATION
- To get your next order, use the elevator to return to the Clubroom bar.
- When you are heading home, please tell the volunteer that you are leaving so they can wipe down the table and chairs you were using.
- NO GLASSWARE will be allowed out of the Clubroom, only plastic glasses and jugs are permitted on The Patio
- Washrooms – use the elevator to get to the Clubroom
Remember, if you feel sick, stay home
Today, Wayne Thompson and I distributed six $500 donations to the Men’s Mission, Rotholme Family Shelter, London Food Bank, London Abused Women’s Shelter, Regional HIV/Aids Connection, and the Unity Project for Homelessness. CPRI will also be receiving a $500 donation. All the donations were from our Nevada Fund.
HOPEFULLY DANCES WILL BE BACK IN THE FALL
The Royal Canadian Poppy Campaign for 2019 is over and again is very successful. Through the generosity donations of residents and businesses of London West, Branch 533, Byron-Springbank Legion was able to collect just under $43,000 for our Poppy Fund. These donations stay in our community. As an example, at our General Meeting, on 27 Nov, the Branch presented a cheque for $23,800 to Sue Hardy of St. Joseph’s Health Care Foundation, Veteran’s Care. These funds will go to purchasing a Bed Power Lift and 7 ergonomic mattresses for Veterans living in Parkwood Hospital.
Michael Beatty (Branch Poppy Chair), Sue Hardy (STJHC Foundation), John Morris (Branch President)
The Poppy Campaign is only as successful as the Branch’s Volunteers that distribute Poppy Boxes to the businesses in west London and who man the Poppy Tables at Costco and Cherryhill Mall. Also, 27 City of London Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron provided help to assemble the 800 Poppy Boxes. At or November General Meeting, we also showed our appreciation to two young volunteers who put in a lot of work for the Campaign.
Tyler Brooks helped his Grandmother Marilyn to man four Poppy table shifts at Costco and CherryHilll.
James Beatty, over three Poppy campaigns, has volunteered almost 100 hours, assisting his Dad, Michael Beatty (Branch Poppy Chair) to assemble Poppy Boxes, open boxes, count money, recycle boxes, and deposit donations.
Both Tyler and James were presented Certificates of Appreciation for all the work they have put in to help our Veterans.
To show our appreciation to the Branch Poppy Chair, our Branch President, John Morris, presented Michael Beatty with his Legion Poppy Chair Medal.
Once again our Veterans and the Byron-Springbank Legion, Branch 533, would like to thank the residents and businesses of west London for their generosity and support.