COVID-19 Update

Effective 23 July, we will move into Stage Three of this plan.

As key coronavirus metrics in the DC area improve, we’re excited to announce the phased resumption of normal EWH3 trails. These plans are based on the DC Mayor’s order and DC Department of Health’s criteria for reopening businesses, and are subject to change. While we would like to just return to normal right away, we have a responsibility to our members and to the kennel; please respect these rules, which keep our pack safe and our organization compliant with local ordinances. Note that mismanagement is working tirelessly to continuously monitor the situation and modify plans as needed. Please refer to the most recent trail announcement for more details, or reach out to the GMs at [email protected].

Stage One – Virtual Only Trails

This is where we were at for 15 weeks (!!) between our 16 March trail and June 18th trail.We will revert to Stage 1 if DC DOH/Mayor’s Office return DC to Phase 1 restrictions.

EWH3 will hold virtual trails and circles only.

Stage Two – Option for Limited Live Trails

Effective 22 June through 16 July

This phase instituted a three-prong approach, giving each member the opportunity to participate at their own comfort level while still following district guidelines. Options were provided for virtual trails, dead laid trails, and live BYOB trails. Following successful implementation of these options, the decision was made to move to stage three.

Stage Three – Expanded Live Trails

Effective beginning 23 July

This phase includes weekly assessment and modification to trail offerings, as we monitor our ability to provide safe options for all who attend. In order to monitor pack size and reduce close interaction when signing in, registration via HashRego is required to receive trail credit. The current iteration of this stage includes the following options for trail:

  1. Dead Laid Trails
    There will be a “dead laid” trail starting from a specified location. Members may run this trail at any time up until 6:00 PM on Thursday.
  2. Live Trails
    • In accordance with the DC Phase Two guidelines, these groups will be limited to 35 people and will require registration via Hash Rego
    • A limited amount of beer and water will be provided and beer check and end. There will be no bag van at this time. Strict protocols for brew crew will be in effect
    • The pack will meet at 7:00 and will end with a small socially distant circle. Masks will be required at beer check and end circle except when drinking
    • Walkers will be required to wear masks while on trail. Runners are encouraged to wear masks when possible, but are permitted to remove them while running, provided they are maintaining adequate distance

Stage Four

To begin when DC enters Phase Three of Reopening.

The details of this stage and the necessary steps and precautions are in development.

We are confident that this plan is attainable and sustainable and will allow us to keep ourselves, and more importantly our members, safe. If you have any questions about the proposed plan, please reach out to the GMs at [email protected].