COVID-19 and Lorain Harbor Boat Club

Club Grounds and Activities

This is the club's central clearing house on how the the club is responding to the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic and any restrictions meant to mitigate its spread. We will endeavor to keep information on this site current and also provide helpful links to other sites related to this event. This is an ever changing situation as society starts its transition from pandemic response to something approaching normal.

As of April 15, 2020, the LHBC Board has restricted access to club grounds. The Clubhouse is officially closed to all members though the bathrooms remain open. Members are discouraged from congregating on club grounds, but we are allowing full access to an owner's boat in winter storage.

All are reminded to observe appropriate social distancing when they visit the grounds.

Educational Offerings Suspended

At this time all LHBC-sponsored educational offerings including FirstSail are suspended. If the situation allows they may be conducted later in the season. Anyone interested in one of these classes should contact us now so that we can get back to you in the future as plans change.

The Spirit of America teen boating camp, run by the Lorain Metroparks at LHBC, has been cancelled for the summer of 2020. Please see the Lorain Metroparks Spirit of America webpage for more information.

Racing Suspended

Racing for the first half of the 2020 season (through mid-July) is suspended. While the state of Ohio continues to re-open, there are no firm dates listed for lifting bans on Social Clubs and Organized Sports and the "10-person" gathering limit. Likewise, social distancing continues to be hallmark of good, public decorum and it's not clear how that can be achieved for skipper and crew and Race Committee crews. While we may feel racing is "essential" in the broader scheme of things it pales against the threat of virus transmission.

This suspension effects Sunday racing, Wedneseday racing and the Lorain One-Design regatta.

As orders by the state and the club's board of trustees change we will reassesse this suspension.

Helpful Links and Information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic non-Canadians are barred from entering Canada.
Vermilion is also barring access to out-of-state boats.

Commodore April 27th Letter: Changes to Club/Launch/Dock Policies

Commodore April 5th Letter: Changes to Club Leadership

Commodore March 26th Letter: Club Status during Corornavirus Outbreak

State of Ohio Coronavirus Dashboard

Official Index of State of Ohio Orders

Excellent index of State Orders to fight the pandemic