Cycling Without Age Fernie (CWA Fernie Society) is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our volunteers and participants. CWA aims to minimize exposure to COVID-19 by using a combination of safety measures. CWA volunteers must follow these safety protocols to prevent or minimize exposure to COVID-19.

As a volunteer with CWA Fernie you are expected to read and follow these protocols. A copy of this document is posted in the storage shed. Please acknowledge that you have read this information by initialing the posted protocol document.

Covid-19 Health Risk and Symptoms

Covid-19 is spread by droplet, which impacts close contacts and surface contacts.

Breathing droplets in the air

The BC Centre for Disease Control believes COVID-19 is not caught through airborne transmission. However, coughs and sneezes generate droplets which are airborne for a short period of time, then fall to the ground within a distance of 1 or 2 meters. Those near the individual may risk breathing in the droplets. Physical distancing (maintaining 2 meters of distance between people) reduces the risk of this occurring.

Close contact 

Close contact is physical contact with another person (hugging, shaking hands). When people cough or sneeze droplets may land on their clothing or skin, especially if they cough or sneeze into their hands. Carriers of COVID-19 may transfer the virus from their hands or clothing to others during close contact.

Surface contact

Surfaces become contaminated when droplets carrying COVID-19 deposit on them, or when they are touched by those infected. Surface contact involves a person touching a contaminated object (table, doorknob, key, trishaw)  and then touching their eyes, nose or mouth.

Although anyone may become infected with COVID-19, seniors and people with underlying health issues are at a higher risk of requiring advanced medical care. Not all infected people display symptoms so it is important to consistently follow COVID-19 safety protocols.

Symptoms of COVID-19 may include:

  • Fever Shortness of breath
  • New or worsening cough Sore throat
  • Runny/stuffy nose Headaches
  • Body aches Loss of smell and/or taste
  • Difficulty breathing Gastrointestinal symptoms (diarrhea/vomiting)

Large gatherings over an extended period of time may present more opportunity for transmission due to increased duration, frequency and intensity of interactions between attendees.

Travel outside of Canada within the last 14 days increases the chance of exposure to COVID-19.

Cleaning practices

Sanitizing wipes are available in the storage shed and in the trishaw storage box.

  • Wipe down all surfaces that have been touched both inside and outside the storage shed and on the trishaw. This must be done before and after each ride as it is possible that the user prior to you may have been rushed and been unable to sanitize after their ride.

Hand sanitizer is available in the storage shed and in the trishaw storage box.

  • Sanitize your hands before and after your ride and offer hand sanitizer to passengers before and after their ride.

Masks and Face Shields

Masks do not provide guaranteed protection against infection with COVID-19 but they will help to keep others safe should you be unknowingly infected with COVID-19. Disposable masks are available in the storage shed and in the trishaw storage box. Personal cloth masks must be cleaned regularly. 

  • There is a “How to use a mask” document posted in the shed. Read this document and follow effective mask wearing strategies.
  • A mask or face shield is required for all rides as physical distancing can not be maintained while riding or assisting passengers on or off the trishaw.
  • Passengers will be encouraged to wear a mask. If they live in a facility that requires a mask to be worn please ensure you are following facility guidelines.


  • Do not participate as a volunteer for CWA Fernie if you are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms.

CWA volunteers or members of their household who exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 (above) are asked to get tested. If volunteers or their household members test positive, volunteers must self-isolate for 14 days. If volunteers or their household members test negative volunteers can return to their activities when symptoms subside.  

Physical distancing

The storage shed is not large enough to maintain physical distancing. 

  • If there is the necessity to have multiple people in the shed at one time, masks or face shields must be worn.
  • Rides may be given to a single rider or to 2 riders who are part of a household or contact bubble. 

Personal hygiene

Good hand hygiene is key to staying healthy during the pandemic and beyond.Hand sanitizer is available in the storage shed and in the trishaw storage box.

  • Sanitize your hands prior to sanitizing the trishaw and moving it out of the shed.
  • Avoid touching your face, including your eyes.
  • Avoid touching your mask once it is in place. (as per “How to use a mask” above)
  • Wash your hands as soon as possible once you have completed your volunteer activity.

Contact tracing

  • Log your activity in the log book, even if it does not include giving a trishaw ride. Include passenger name and contact info to facilitate contact tracing should that become necessary. 

For the safety of our volunteers, our passengers and their contacts it is vital to follow these safety protocols. This is an evolving situation and, as such, it is expected that these guidelines will evolve as well.

CWA Fernie is adopting these measures to ensure that our activities provide a safe environment for our volunteers and our participants.  Please direct any concerns to Melanie, Debbie or Mary so those concerns can be addressed for the safety of us all.