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Some comforting news – our Legion Branch #115 will reopen Friday, September 11. For about three weeks we will only be open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be a number of special protocols for everyone to follow. These will be posted in upcoming newsletters and also inside the Legion hall. The back terrace will not be in use.
Please do not feel that you are obligated to rush back when we open. Your health and those around you is most important. Also if anyone has been out of the country in the two weeks prior you will not be permitted inside. The following notice by the way was kindly drafted up and translated last week by our Secretary, Lise Bernier. Thank you Lise.
As ever, the health and welfare of our members are essential to us. For the reopening of our branch, we will therefore apply public health measures put in place by the provincial government. We hope to offer you an environment where you will have the chance to interact socially and entertain yourself while taking in account social distancing, physical separation (Plexiglas) at the bar, implementation of procedures reducing close contacts, and use of personal protection (face mask). The details relating to the application of these measures will be communicated to you in the coming weeks.
We would like, however, to remind you all that these community measures were developed to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and that ‘zero-risk’ doesn’t exist. The success of these measures relies in large part on the individual and collective respect of the rules. Consequently, please note that any derogation to the rules we will establish will result in the immediate closing of the bar and the branch.
Added to these collective responsibilities is your own level of risk according to: your age, your health status, and the prevalence of the virus in the region. As alternative sources of social interactions and alcohol are available, it becomes your individual responsibility to evaluate the risk for you and your close entourage.
We have received word from Dominion and Provincial Commands this past week that there will be no Remembrance Parade this year and no parade of veterans on account of the COVID-19 crisis. Also all cadet corps across Canada will not be permitted to attend any Remembrance services. This will probably be the very first cancellation of the parade here in Hudson since the first one to the cenotaph in 1948, the year it was built. The annual Remembrance dinner will be also cancelled as well this fall. You will all be advised on how and when the Cenotaph ceremony will take place at a later date this fall.
Lest we forget…