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COVID-19 PROCEDURES

We’re implementing to help keep you Covid-free. If you’re not comfortable returning to our facility just yet, we recommend checking out our Virtual Fitness or Nutrition membership options.

Here’s what we are doing to make sure you feel safe, comfortable and informed about our cleaning and sanitization protocols and efforts:

ADMINISTRATION
  • Members or employees who are sick or who have any signs or symptoms of Covid-19 will be expected to stay home.
  • Staff and members will be provided with educational materials, training, reminders and reinforcement on proper cleaning, disinfection, hand washing, coughing and sneezing etiquette, social distancing, use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and other protective behaviors. 
  • An Infectious Disease Response Plan has been created, which has policies for provisions like flexible work-from-home options for mission-critical employees and contractors. 
  • The response plan contains detailed protocols in the case that a member or employee is exposed to or tests positive for Covid-19. We will maintain open communication with all members and staff as the situation develops.
  • To summarize the more detailed steps below, our new health and safety protocols include operating at a decreased maximum occupancy rate, pre-scheduled workouts, pre-screening tools for all members and staff, enforcement of proper social distancing by directional markers and equipment organization, signage and guidelines posted throughout the facility, provision of training and educational material for all of our staff and our members, closure of our waiting rooms, locker rooms, shower facilities and tanning room, temporary restriction on indoor fitness classes, the addition of outdoor and online personal and group training and nutrition programming, enhanced cleaning and disinfecting protocols,  additional cleaning and disinfecting stations throughout the facility, and a detailed health and safety plan and infectious disease response plan.
BOOKING YOUR APPOINTMENT
  • Each appointment is a maximum of 50 mins long to allow for 10 min buffer for people to safely clean up and exit the facility prior to the next group. 
  • You can schedule your appointment up to 72 hours in advance. In order to be respectful and allow everyone a change to workout, booking a maximum of 3 workouts a week will be allowed at first. 
  • We have added a time block for our Vulnerable Population Only members from 8 am – 10 am. Extra attention will be placed on cleaning and sanitizing during this time. 
  • All visitors will be required to fill out a Member Agreement and Release Form before re-joining the facility. This includes agreeing to certain cleaning and disinfecting protocols while using the facility. 
  • Covid-Free (CF) Gym Kits can be purchased at AFC, or brought from home as long as the disinfectant is on our list of AFC CF Approved Disinfectants and cloths are washed and disinfected according to AFC CF Approved Guidelines. 
  • Walk-ins will be permitted based on availability, but please be advised, there is no guarantee you will get in, nor how long you may have to wait. You can check out our real-time schedule to see if there are any workout spots available. Anyone waiting in line will need to abide by the social distancing markers outside. 
  • You can cancel your appointment up to 24 hours in advance at no charge. Appointments canceled within a 24-hour period will be charged a $12 cancellation fee
ARRIVING AT OUR FACILITY
  • Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes before your scheduled time as waiting areas are closed and members will be asked to wait outside the facility. Entry will not be permitted before the scheduled time slot, as to allow for proper cleaning and for the previous group to safely exit.
  • Please ensure you are symptom free upon arrival. For everyone’s safety, we ask everyone to self-answer the Pre-Screening Questions before every visit. If in doubt, don’t work out! 
  • Come dressed and prepared to work out as the change facilities will remain closed for now. Once you are past the first doors, before you enter the main facility, please remove your outdoor shoes, put on your mask, your workout shoes, and sanitize your hands.
  • Please confirm your arrival

INSIDE THE FACILITY

  • Once inside the facility, a mask must be worn at all times other than during your workout.
  • Please follow and abide by the directional arrows and distance markers on the floor to ensure proper social distancing.
  • There will be hand sanitizer options in many different areas of the gym – we encourage you to use them.
  • There will be social distancing markers on the floor – please use them to ensure you are 6ft away from other members or staff.
  • Where possible, machines have been set up 6 feet apart, where not possible, certain machines have been blocked off to ensure 6 feet of social distancing.
  • Sharing of equipment is not allowed except between members of the same bubble.
  • If moving between two pieces of fitness equipment / machines, they should be marked ‘in use’ via a sticky note until they have been properly sanitized, at which point they should be removed and thrown into a waste receptacle.
  • Members are responsible for pre and post sanitization of their equipment with AFC-approved sanitizing solution (which meets both covid-19 standards and equipment longevity standards).
  • Staff will be cleaning and disinfecting equipment and common-use areas as directed by our cleaning plan at regular intervals throughout the day.

CHANGING ROOMS

  • Use of the changing rooms is not be permitted other than to use the washroom or wash your hands
  • All surfaces that are often touched will be sanitized by staff multiple times per day
  • There is a capacity limit of 2 for Men’s and 2 for Women’s changing rooms
  • No showers are permitted

DURING YOUR VISIT

  • Facility occupancy has been reduced to 40% which is XXX people
  • All equipment and surfaces will be sanitized multiple times per day by staff
  • It is mandatory for all members to sanitize their hands upon entry
  • Disinfectant spray and wipes will be available throughout the gym
  • Members are required to bring their own towel and disinfectant spray before and after using equipment.
  • Disinfectant kits are available for purchase or rental at the front desk.
  • Time slots will be blocked off in the booking schedule throughout the day to allow staff to clean and disinfect equipment

AFTER YOUR VISIT

  • Members must leave before the end of their allotted time slot
  • Please replace your mask after working out and keep it in place until you have exited the facility
  • Please sanitize and/or wash your hands before leaving the facility

AFC CLEANING, SANTIZING, AND DISINFECTING PLAN

AREAS TO BE CLEANED AND TIME REQUIRED:

  • Entryway (5 mins)
  • Main floor fitness equipment (20 mins)
  • Mezzanine fitness equipment (10 mins)
  • Studio fitness equipment (10 mins)
  • Front desk area (5 mins)
  • Men’s Bathroom (5 mins)
  • Women’s Bathroom (5 mins)
  • Main Office (based on per use)
  • Consultation Room, Tanning Room and Waiting Room (based on per use)

SUPPLIES FOR MEMBERS:

  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sanitizer spray bottles
  • Soap
  • Disinfectant kits (for sale or rent)
  • Masks (for sale)

SUPPLIES FOR STAFF:

  • Disinfectant Wipes (for wiping down counters)
  • Hand sanitizer (for sanitizing hands)
  • Large sanitizer spray bottles (for disinfecting common use areas and equipment)
  • Paper towels (for cleaning and wiping)
  • Microfiber cloths (for wiping common use areas and fitness equipment)
  • Soap (for hand washing)
  • Masks (for staff to use while cleaning and communicating with clients)
  • Disposable gloves (for staff to use while cleaning)
  • Disinfecting solutions (bleach, Spray Nine, Lysol, Benefact)
  • Shopvac (to clean dirt and dust off floors)
  • Mop and bucket (to clean and disinfect floors)
  • Gaffer’s tape (for marking social distancing lines)

STAFF STEPS FOR CLEANING:

  1. Wash your hands before cleaning.
  2. Wear Personal Protective Equipment (gloves, mask) while cleaning.
  3. In addition to following the pre-determined cleaning schedule and additionally, clean and sanitize as needed.
  4. If using wipes, make sure to wipe in the same direction to prevent contamination from a back and forth motion (you may need to use multiple wipes).
  5. Make sure the disinfectant remains on the surface for the time specified by the product manufacturer.
  6. When you’re finished, dispose of any PPE and cleaning materials, and wash your hands.

AFC COVID-FREE (CF) GYM KITS

AFC CF Gym Kits contain:

  • A spray bottle filled with AFC CF-approved disinfectant

  • 3 Microfiber cloths

  • A list of AFC CF approved sanitizers available at local retailers

AFC CF APPROVED DISINFECTANTS

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AFC CF APPROVED GUIDELINES

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MEMBER AGREEMENT AND RELEASE FORM

Section 1: Covid-19 Release

  • Certify that you are not sick and are do not have any signs or symptoms of covid-19 before entering the facility
  • If traveled or come into contact with any who test positive for covid-10, you have quarantined for 2 weeks before entering facility
  • Have not tested positive for covid-19 in last two weeks
  • Contact the facility immediately if you suspect you may have become infected with Covid-19 or if you test positive for COVID-19

Section 2: Member Agreement

  • Register online and provide up to date contact and billing information
  • Agree to abide by facility guidelines
  • Arrive at and leave the facility during your designated time slot 
  • Come dressed ready to work out
  • Sanitize hands before entering and exiting the facility
  • Remove outdoor footwear and wear indoor gym shoes
  • Maintain proper social distance at all times (6 feet apart)
  • Wear a mask when not exercising
  • Wipe down equipment before and after use
  • Follow staff direction relating to health and safety protocols and prompts
  • Respect other members and staff 
  • Abide by all the facility regulations detailed above

PRE-SCREENING QUESTIONS

Please answer self-answer the following questions before you leave your home. If the response to any is “yes” you should not come to the facility!

  • Have you had or do you have a cough?
  • Have you had or do you have a fever?  
  • Have you been around anyone exhibiting these signs or symptoms within the past 14 days? 
  • Have you travelled anywhere outside of the Ottawa area in the last 14 days?
  • Are you living with anyone who is sick or quarantined?

INFECTIOUS DISEASE RESPONSE PLAN

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These new policies/procedures are in place for everyone’s health and benefit. We ask that you please adhere to all of them to protect all of us!