Message to The GAC Membership

Dear Members,

I am writing to let you know that the staff and Board of your club are concerned about the implications of the widely publicized corona virus, COVID-19 and we are monitoring the developments. At last report, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in the Town of Fairfield, but this could change at any time.

As a precaution we have canceled all daytime and evening events up to and including the events scheduled for St. Patrick’s Day. We understand the disappointment this causes for all members, staff, guests and performers who look forward to this time of year and the annual celebration of our Irish heritage. However, health concerns and the protection of all outweigh all other considerations. I appreciate your understanding in this matter. I also appreciate the support and understanding we received from all those organizations and individuals who were scheduled to perform at the cancelled events on receiving the news of the cancellations. We plan to plan to re-stage the events at a later date.

As you may know, Governor Lamont has banned all “massed gatherings” in the State of more than 250 people. While “massed gatherings” have been described as “special” occurrences or events and we don’t believe our usual Friday night music in the pub is in the nature of a “special event”, out of an abundance of caution, we will limit the number of people (including members, staff and guests) on the Club premises tonight to 200 people. Going forward, the Executive Committee will also be discussing whether to cancel events post 3/17

In order to maintain access to Club facilities while striving to protect you, our membership, guest and our staff, we are taking extra precautions to help you stay healthy during this very trying time. We have reviewed with our employees the recommend precautions listed on the Center for Disease Control website. We have increased the frequency and scope of our sanitizing procedure to reduce the possibility of the virus being present on any surfaces in the Club. As a further precaution hand sanitizers will be in all areas of the Club. We have also instructed all members of our staff who experience any flu like symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, shortness of breath and/or fever to have their condition checked by a professional and refrain from coming to work during such time. To be sure that no member of our staff is forced to come to work during this time out of economic necessity, we will continue to pay all members of staff who refrain from coming to work in compliance with such instructions.

WE ALSO ASK ALL MEMBERS AND GUESTS TO TAKE SIMILAR PRECAUTIONS

We ask any members and any guests who are experiencing any flu-like symptoms such as sneezing, coughing, shortness of breath or have been in close contact with such a person refrain from visiting the club during such a period.

As a general point of information in deciding whether to attend any public event, at the club or elsewhere, you should know that the CDC has noted that older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions – like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, or a compromised immune system for example – seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness and should consider protecting themselves by avoiding public places such as the club until the virus is under control.

Please note that, going forward, our monitoring efforts will mean that we may decide to close the Club at any time – and with little or no notice. Any decision to close will be publicized by email and posted on the Club website.

In the meantime, I ask that you take the following precautions in using the Club:

STAY HOME WHEN YOU ARE SICK

The CDC is recommending any individuals who have traveled to Italy, Iran, South Korea, Japan or China should stay home for 14 days after leaving these countries.

Members who have the following symptoms are asked to stay home and not come to the Club until fever free (100.4 or less) and symptom free without medications for at least 24 hours.

Cough, shortness of breath, fever, sore throat, runny-stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills or fatigue.

IF YOU COME TO THE CLUB

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Use soap and hot water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available-use an alcohol-based (60% or higher) hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve, dispose of tissue promptly.
  • Do not shake hands as a greeting, explaining if necessary.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Clean and disinfect touched objects and surfaces, frequently

Our dedicated maintenance team has added additional cleanings and disinfecting procedures to their daily routine. We have also added alcohol based hand sanitizer to more areas. Please be aware that a similar message has been communicated to the staff also asking them to stay home if ill and to undertake precautionary behaviors.

I will plan to keep you advised of future developments related to the virus, as necessary.

I hope that you stay healthy,

Gerry Reidy
GAC Executive Committee President