On May 6, Governor Hogan issued an Executive Order which expands the scope of the “permitted outdoor activities” previously listed in the prior Executive Orders. It specifically identifies “small group sports” such as golf, tennis “and similar activities; . . . recreational fishing, hunting, shooting and archery; . . . .” It specifically indicates that outdoor archery and shooting ranges may open. Gatherings of 10 or more are still prohibited, and social distancing protocols must be adhered to.
The Chapter is ahead of the game, due to the coordinated efforts of our Security and Range Chairs. Hats off to them and to our very own public health advisor, Board member Sean David Waterman, who has been providing guidance.
Here is a statement from our Security Chair about what has happened so far and what to expect in the coming weeks:
As precautionary measure, Viral Cleanse LLC, which is a Chapter member owned company, visited the Chapter on May 6 and performed a decontamination of the following areas: interior and exterior of the Chapter House, Shotgun and R&P range houses and shooting positions.
At this time, while the Chapterhouse, Shotgun and R&P ranges are still closed, the Chairmen are creating range specific guidelines and procedures for the health and safety of our members. The R&P Range is aiming to open up on Memorial Day weekend and the Shotgun range will follow in June. The guidelines will be communicated via email before the opening of each range.
The Archery Chair has developed operation protocols and will open the range soon.
Please enjoy the woods and open spaces on the Farm, consistent with social distancing guidelines with which we’re all very familiar by now. Remember that all facilities are still closed, including the Chapter House, ranges and portable restrooms. Plan your visit accordingly.
Please check your email, our website and Facebook for updates.