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Cascade Region event status due to COVID-19 concerns

Friends,

I hope everyone is continuing to do well, and staying healthy. I wanted to update you all on where we are with club events at this time.

All counties within Cascade Region have entered Phase 2 of the virus mitigation protocols. As such, both chapters of our club have resumed events starting in late June.

Our focus at all times is the health and well-being of our members, as well as that of others with whom we interact. As a club, we need to respect and follow the rules, regulations and recommendations from our state and local officials, health care professionals, PCA National, and the PCA’s insurance carriers.

Here are some of the things that we need to work with for the duration. Please note that the process could change a bit as we learn what works and what doesn’t.

  • Communicable Disease Waiver – PCA’s insurance carrier is requiring that all members and guests at ANY PCA event (even social gatherings and dinners, not just driving events) sign a Communicable Disease Waiver. This waiver can be filled out and signed in advance, and will be valid for all events through the end of April 2021. We highly recommend that all members sign this waiver in advance and bring it the the first event that you attend. Remember, we will need a separate waiver for each family member. Download this form here – PCA Communicable Disease Waiver

  • Pre-registration – In the past we have often asked for RSVP in advance. As we move forward, knowing who and how many will attend ahead of time is even more important, and so pre-registration for some events will be highly recommended.  We ask that members please be diligent in letting our event planners know if you are planning to attend.

  • Contact tracking – We will (as required) be keeping records of who has attended each event held, in case a list of attendees is requested by health authorities for contact tracing.

  • Physical Distancing and PPE – We already know that regardless of the new group size limit of 25 for indoor events and 100 for outdoor, that all attendees will need to continue to practice physical distancing (6 feet), and face masks are highly recommended when we are engaged socially. (Obviously, not while we are eating, drinking or in our own cars.)

  • Waivers – In addition to the Communicable Disease Waiver, we will still need the normal waiver in advance of any driving event. PCA National is working with a new online waiver systems, in hopes that they can roll it out around June 1st. But in lieu of that possibility, paper waivers will still need to be available for signing at the start of each drive. We will be working toward as little physical touching as possible. Sanitized pens may be available, as well as hand sanitizers at the waiver station. We will encourage all members to bring their own pens and sanitizer to reduce shared contact areas even further. More details yet to come on this part.

  • Restaurants and dining – Many of our events (both driving and social) have historically included libations at various restaurants, diners, wineries, etc. This practice will need considerable adjustment, as the establishments we patronize will be working under limitations and regulations of their own. You may be asked to bring your own picnic lunch. Or events that do include a meal stop may be subject to strict limits on how many can attend depending on the capacity of the hosting food establishment.

We are aware that some of this may seem to be a bit of overkill, given the happy fact that our counties here in Oregon are not suffering from widespread illness at this time. But these are the guidelines we must live with for now. We hope that all members understand that many of these measures are not to protect ourselves as much as they are to stop the potential spread to others, who may have a significantly higher risk factor than do you or I. Please respect that possibility for these others and act (and mask) accordingly.

As always, if you have questions or comments, please send them to president@cascade-pca.org.

Thanks for all of your understanding!

– Arne

 


This calendar shows 4 different event categories. They are:

  • Cascade Region, Central Chapter
  • Cascade Region, Southern Chapter
  • Events in nearby PCA regions
  • Non-PCA events of possible interest
Oct
12
Sat
Drive along the Rogue River (Southern Chapter)
Oct 12 @ 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Join Mike and Robin Vanderford for a last drive of the season on Saturday, October 12th. We’ll meander the autumn countryside through Jacksonville and the Applegate valley and on to Merlin where we will take a quick journey north on I5 to the old ghost town of Golden (we will take a short rest stop in Murphy, never fear!). Golden is interesting as a gold mining town known for having 2 churches and NO saloons. We will spend awhile there seeing the few remaining buildings and learning a bit about its history. Then we’ll back-track a short way to the Wolf Creek Inn for lunch.

Meet at Barnes and Noble in Medford at 9:00 am for a 9:30 am sharp departure. RSVP’s are needed for the lunch reservation. Email Robin at address provided in Eblast message.

Drive! Umpqua Valley (Central Chapter) @ Lowes Parking Lot
Oct 12 @ 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Join us on our Drive to the Umpqua Valley on Saturday, October 12. We’ll meet at the Loews on W 11th in Eugene at 9:30 am and roll south promptly at 10:00 am. Our destination is Cooper Ridge Vineyards. There are no freeway segments on this drive! Some roads may be familiar, but they are all rural two lanes.

Cooper Ridge offers small plates for a light lunch for $15 or you are free to bring your own picnic. Rather than a formal wine tour, the drive will end at Cooper Ridge and participants can choose the wineries they’d like to visit. Click on this link for an excellent map of the wineries in the area.

Please RSVP for the Drive so that we can give an accurate count to Cooper Ridge.

Jun
13
Sat
Hyatt Lake Drive and Lunch
Jun 13 @ 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Event start at European Cars and Coffee followed by Hyatt Lake Drive and lunch