RCR policy requires full vaccination of all staff
Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (RCR) has informed employees at its ski resorts, including Fernie Alpine Resort, Kimberley Alpine Resort, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort (Golden) and Nakiska (in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country) that they must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to work.
In an Oct. 15 memo to “all RCR team members,” the resort notes a grace period is in place to allow staff to become vaccinated.
Employees already hired must show proof-of-vaccination no later than noon on Oct. 29, with the grace period to be fully vaccinated concluding Dec. 11, the day Kimberley Alpine Resort is set to open.
In order to comply with the deadline, employees must have received a first shot no later than Oct. 31, and second shots no later than Dec. 4, the day Fernie Alpine Resort opens for the season.
Employees hired after Oct. 19 must provide proof of being fully vaccinated.
“RCR will review any requests for accommodation, as legally required, which includes medical or religious reasons,” the RCR memo noted.
“Employees failing to follow these measures may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including restricted access to the workplace, placing the employee on an unpaid leave of absence, and/or modifying or terminating the employee’s contract of employment,” the memo outlines.
Proof of COVID-19 immunization will be required for anyone 12 years of age or older to access any indoor resort facilities, including; day lodges, restaurants, shops and services at RCR resorts.
As for the other big ski resort in the region, Panorama Mountain Resort, proof of vaccination (two doses of approved vaccine) is required for indoor and outdoor dining spaces and other facilities for guests.
“At this stage (as of Oct. 19), outdoor masking is not required to access lifts and the ski area this coming winter. This could change without notice.
“At this stage, vaccination is not required to access the mountain, ski lifts or other facilities not currently included in the mandate. This could change without notice.
“Face masks are mandatory in all indoor public spaces. This applies to people aged five and older – there are no exceptions,” Panorama explains on its website.
Panorama Mountain Resort opens for the season on Dec. 10.
Lead image: Fernie Alpine Resort. e-KNOW file photo