CONTENDERS BOXING COVID-19 SAFETY PLAN
Last Update: April 6, 2021
- Personal Protective Equipment
All gym patrons as well as employees must wear face masks in the facility. Masks are mandatory at all times including when training.
- Personal Measures
All gym patrons as well as employees are required to stay home when they are sick or showing any symptoms listed below even if it’s mild.
- Fever* or chills (*Average body temperature is about 37°C.)
- Difficulty breathing
- Sore throat
- Loss of sense of smell or taste
- Extreme fatigue or tiredness
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Body aches
If they start experiencing the symptoms while they are at the gym, they will be sent home immediately, and encouraged to call 811 for further information and instruction.
All the class participants must wash their hands with soap, or sanitize their hands with hand sanitizer before and after the class.
All employees must wash their hands with soap, or sanitize their hands with hand sanitizer before and after teaching a class or touching shared items such as a credit card machine and the office phone.
Gym patrons are encouraged to opt for contactless payments. Equipment rental is not available. Classroom door will be plopped open during the business hour. All these measures are taken in order to maintain hand hygiene, and avoid any transmissions of virus and germs.
All gym patrons and employees must maintain the physical distance of 2 meters in general, and at least 2.5 meters while training. No physical contact is allowed including high fives/fist pumps as well as physical demonstrations by instructors during the class.
- Administrative Measures
There is at least 20 minutes between classes to allow thorough cleaning, and gym patrons are asked not to arrive at the gym more than 5 minutes before the start time of the class they are registered for to avoid crowding and wait times. They are also asked to arrive at the gym in their workout attire to avoid the use of changing room. Registering for classes in advance is mandatory. No walk-ins are allowed.
All gym patrons are asked to answer verbally a COVID-19 self assessment questionnaire upon arrival at the gym before the class. All employees must fill out a COVID-19 self assessment questionnaire before every shift.
- Environmental Measures
The occupancy limit of the classroom which allows 3 meters of physical distance is 16. Each class is available for up to 15 participants.
The floor is marked to indicate 15 workout stations as well as an instructor’s area. All class participants must stay in their own workout station throughout the class.
A plexiglass has been placed on the reception counter to create a barrier between the gym patrons and the receptionist.
Our facility is equipped with MERV-14 filters, which are higher grade filters than filters used for most homes, to have fresh air coming into the facility. Also, in the renovation of the facility prior to the reopening on September 14, 2020, the ventilation system was upgraded. The air vents are installed in the ceiling, which allows the air to move upwards, instead of sideway that could potentially spread the droplets. The use of wall-mounted fans inside the classroom is suspended until further notice.
At the end of the class, each class participant must clean their own workout station including the heavy bag, weights, and an exercise band with disinfectant (approved by Health Canada. DIS: 02248024) even if they did not use them, and place the used towels in one of the bins near the exit which are labeled as “Used Cleaning Towels”. The class instructor must have a clean towel ready at each workout station before they hand the classroom over to the next instructor.
- Public Health Measures
We are closely following all the updates on the PHO, and will implement any changes required. Any changes of gym policies and procedures will be communicated to all of the members via Email as well as verbally at the gym.
- Class Format
As the Public Health Guidelines for Group Low Intensity Exercise states, “there is no evidence-based consensus on what differentiates high intensity vs. low intensity group exercise, especially as it relates to the risk of COVID-19 transmission. Separating out activities into specific categories of risk is also challenging because an activity that may be ‘high intensity’ for one individual may be considered ‘low intensity’ for another, depending on their physical fitness.”
Each instructor must use their good judgement to keep their class low intensity by having short breaks throughout the class, reminding the participants to focus on the precision of the technique rather than power and speed, and paying close attention to the body language of the participants which indicate any signs of exhaustion.