June 11th 2021 COVID Update

As per the Provincial Roadmap to Reopen we are pleased to begin offering program sessions in person in accordance with all public health guidelines

Prior to attending each and every session you are expected to complete the TBDHU Screening (this is the screening tool used for schools but is applicable to our club programs).  You can either complete this form and print it off to submit to your coach prior to each session or show your completed form on a smartphone to your coach.  Participation at a program session will not be permitted if an athlete cannot complete the questionnaire due to a COVID risk factor or not showing a completed form to the coach.

We are so fortunate to be able to train in person, in small groups of 10 athletes (plus coaches). In order to operate we all need to be exceptionally vigilant with;

  • 3m outdoor spacing from all other individuals at all times.
  • Face coverings are required from the time you get out of your car, until such time as you are exercising on the trail, or spaced out and in-place. When stopping to speak to your coach or friends, or training in a group, you must wear your face covering.
  • No intermixing of groups during program sessions.

This also means that no games will be played.  The phase 1 guidelines also state that “No spectators are permitted. However, a person under the age of 18 years who is engaged in physical fitness or sports training activities may be accompanied by one parent or guardian.”

Please keep up all your safety practices to make this reopening phase a success.  If you are new to the club or have questions please reach out to Rena at [email protected].

 

Additional Information regarding the June 11th COVID Update

We would like to thank our families for taking the time to read the guidelines sent out on June 11th.  Questions have arisen and although our guidelines remain unchanged we felt that members may appreciate some additional information.

We all feel so pleased to be able to exercise in-person again.  With this long-awaited re-opening our Club is following the updated and new Provincial Roadmap to Reopen.  These guidelines are similar to ones our Club had in place in the winter but have some important differences.

As with all of our COVID guidelines since March of 2020 we carefully administer these guidelines by following direction provided by the Province and with oversight from our local Thunder Bay District Health Unit (TBDHU).

Some will have noticed that we are now required to ACTIVELY screen for  COVID at each in-person session.  This is an updated requirement from the previous passive screening we had been doing.  As such we are taking advantage of the already created  TBDHU Screening tool that is used for schools but is applicable to our club programs.  This has saved us great effort in having to recreate a digital and printed COVID survey specific for our Club.  Additionally, it  provides the active screening we need in order to be allowed to operate. So each day, as you prepare for a Club session it is upon each athlete and coach, to either complete this online form with honesty and print it off to submit to your coach prior to each session or show your completed form on a smartphone to your coach.

There is also now an expanded physical distance required of  3m from all other individuals outside of their household at all times while outdoors.  We know that this can be interpreted by some as ‘too much’ however, it is required by the TBDHU in order for our Club to operate in-person sessions.  As such, we know that it will be difficult, if not impossible, to maintain the required 3m distance, and thus it is required that face coverings are worn from the time you get out of your car, until such time as you are exercising on the trail, or spaced out and in-place.

We appreciate all of your efforts to ensure that all of our members feel safe participating in Club programming reopening phase-1 a success.  As always, if you have questions please reach out to Rena at [email protected].

For additional reference here are the specific guidelines we are following, found on page 41 and 42 of the Ontario Regulations: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200082 .  An excerpt of the regulations are pasted below as a quick reference.

Personal physical fitness, etc.

45.1 Personal physical fitness and sports trainers that meet the following conditions:

1.  Any services must be provided outside.

2.  Services may not be provided to more than 10 patrons at one time. (we have confirmation from the TBDHU that this number does not include coaches or volunteers)

3.  No spectators are permitted. However, a person under the age of 18 years who is engaged in physical fitness or sports training activities may be accompanied by one parent or guardian.

4.  Any person who is engaged in physical fitness or sports training activities must maintain a physical distance of at least three metres from any other person.

5.  Training sessions for members of a sports team cannot include games or scrimmage games.

6.  Activities that are likely to result in individuals coming within three metres of each other must not be practised or played.

7.  The personal trainer or sports trainer must,

i.  record the name and contact information of every member of the public who they are providing services to,

ii.  maintain the records for a period of at least one month, and

iii.  only disclose the records to a medical officer of health or an inspector under the Health Protection and Promotion Act on request for a purpose specified in section 2 of that Act or as otherwise required by law.

8.  The personal trainer or sports trainer must actively screen individuals in accordance with the advice, recommendations and instructions of the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health before they engage in personal physical fitness or sports training activities.