November 24, 2020
Dear CCB Staff,
We regret to inform you that earlier today club management received a report of an individual who had visited the Club for dinner on the Terrace on Thursday, November 19th testing positive for COVID-19. The individual did not feel any symptoms at the time of their visit. They went for testing this weekend due to mild symptoms and subsequently tested positive, receiving their results yesterday.
The Club has taken action to ensure this area is thoroughly cleaned and sanitized in accordance with ECDOH and The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
This serves as an informational notice to the CCB community and does NOT mean that you have been exposed to or have come in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individual.
While we cannot release information regarding this individual due to Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA), it is important to note that this person is in isolation, and the ECDOH is conducting contact tracing to identify all individuals who may have been in close or proximate contact with the COVID-19 positive individual. The ECDOH is directly communicating with any individual who is identified as a close or proximate contact to the positive COVID-19 individual so that further health and safety measures can be taken. If you are not directly contacted by the ECDOH, the Department has indicated no subsequent action is required by you at this time as it pertains to this positive case.
The Club will continue to work with the ECDOH to ensure the safety of our members, staff, and community.
Please call or email me directly should you have any questions about this notice.
Nicholas L. Markel
Dear fellow CCB employees,
Governor Cuomo announced earlier today that the current seven-day average positivity rate for COVID-19 tests in Erie County, require “Orange Zone” restrictions to be implemented. These restrictions will limit the Club’s ability to do business starting Friday, most notably in the Food & Beverage Department. Although Orange Zone restrictions do allow for outdoor dining to be offered, the weather is not conducive to dining outdoors. Starting Friday, until restrictions are lifted, we will be offering only take out service. The Clubhouse will be closed. Outdoor low risk activities like golf, paddle tennis and sporting clays may continue with minor modifications to prohibit gatherings of any size, and of course weather permitting.
As we have throughout this pandemic, the Officers, the Board of Directors and Management is committed to taking care of our most valuable asset – our team. In the coming days your Department Head will contact you directly to discuss the impacts of these new state mandated restrictions. With some departments being limited, and others continuing to function, there will be an individualized approach. Some employees will continue to work their full schedule, and others will receive 75% of their weekly average to remain at home. Please be mindful 75% of average compensation is more than what unemployment benefits offer. Benefits will remain intact for all. For seasonal employees that have already completed their normal season, we thank you for your service and look forward to seeing you next spring.
We do not know the duration of these restrictions, and there is a possibility that further restrictions will be imposed if the numbers continue to get worse. Our current commitment to you is to continue your compensation, at least a significant and meaningful portion, and benefits through the holidays. If there comes a time that a federal program becomes available and allows for additional compensation, we will reconsider this approach to allow you to take advantage. We are also committed to continuing to follow all recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and the Erie County Department of Health to provide as safe a workplace as possible.
In these uncertain times, I want you to know how much we appreciate you. We had a tremendous summer, and provided a much-appreciated refuge for the membership. Thank you for your continued dedication to the Country Club of Buffalo. We are looking forward to when these restrictions can safely be lifted, so we can return to serving our members. Until then wear a mask, wash your hands, and stay safe.
All the best,