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Winter 2023

Hello Volunteers and Riders:

We do ask you to please take some time to review our modified operating protocols as it is not yet business as usual. In consultation with the local health authorities, we have refreshed these protocols to make sure that they are in line with current public health guidance. We are asking everyone to please review the details in this document as these protocols will be strictly enforced at all times.  Please note that these procedures are applicable to anyone who is physically on our premises, not just our riders and volunteers.  The operating protocols are available here on our website, and copies will be posted in the arena, in the barn, and in the lounge area at CARD.

The safety of our riders, volunteers, and staff is our number one priority.  Outlined below are the key procedures that have been put in place to keep everyone safe and well, while we continue to navigate through Covid-19.

Covid-19 Vaccination Policy: Updated!

In accordance with CARD’s duty to provide a facility free of known hazards and recognize that we serve a vulnerable population of children and adults with special needs:

Vaccines are no longer mandated but strongly recommended.


  • All persons entering the CARD facility will be required to wear a mask that covers their mouth, nose, and chin.
  • You may drop your mask while in the lounge to briefly take a drink, but you are not permitted to keep your mask off.
  • We kindly ask that anyone requiring food or drink while at CARD, step outside for this so that indoor masking guidelines are maintained.
  • This request also extends to individuals who must remove their masks to make/take a phone call.
  • All persons entering the CARD facility will be required to complete a health questionnaire before each visit, that includes questions about:
    • The presence of any symptoms associated with COVID-19
    • Any possible or known exposure to someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the past 14 days

If the answer to any of the above questions is YES, access to the CARD facility will not be permitted.

  • Contact information will be collected each week for all persons entering the facility (including riders, volunteers, and guests) to assist with contact tracing, should that become necessary.
  • The lounge is set up for physically distanced seating, and people will need to abide by this setup. Chairs cannot be moved around at this time.
  • The kitchen and offices will be off-limits to everyone except staff members.

For your added safety, there are numerous hand sanitizing stations set up throughout the facility. Each of our washrooms has also been outfitted with hand sanitizer, and the washrooms will be sanitized after each session at the beginning and end of each day.

In-Class Protocol

  • Each class will have a designated person that will monitor the front door, sign in volunteers, ensure that protocols regarding arrivals/departures and guests are adhered to, gather records from the individual COVID-19 health questionnaires, and sanitize the area once done.
  • Clients are encouraged to purchase their own riding helmets.
  • There will be only four (4) people in the barn tacking up, the rest will set up the arena.

**In between classes all reins will be sanitized

  • Class props will be restricted to pylons, poles, etc.; there will be no item transfer activities.

 Volunteer PPE Requirements

  • Volunteers must always wear a mask while in the common areas (including the lounge, washrooms, arena, and barn). The mask must cover the nose, mouth, and chin.
  • We ask that volunteers bring their own masks. If you forget your mask, we will supply you with them for that day, and you must wear them while in the facility.
  • Volunteers and staff will sanitize their hands before interacting with a new client.

 Client PPE Requirements

  • All clients will be required to wear a mask that covers their nose, mouth, and chin while in the facility and while riding.

These guidelines will help us navigate through the current stages of the pandemic.  If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me or Judy Wanless.

Looking forward to seeing you all again!

Warm regards,

Elaine Brooks, Executive Director

Community Association for Riders with Disabilities

4777 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON M3H 5T3

B: 416-667-8600    F: 416-739-7520