Mission Fitness COVID -19 Policy
1. Control Access
Patrons and attendees of Mission Fitness will be required to enter through the front door and go up the stairwell directly to the left. They are to leave the same way. Access to the rest of the Capital News Centre (CNC) will be barricaded off. People who are showing symptoms similar to cold, flu or COVID-19 like symptoms, travelled outside of Canada in the last two weeks or have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 will not be allowed into CNC. Daily COVID-19 screening questionnaires need to be filled out daily by all Mission Fitness patrons; individuals who are unable to answer the questionnaire appropriately will not be allowed access to the facility.
2. Mask Policy
Effective October 1, 2020, all employees, visitors, and customers are required to wear a mask or face covering upon entering and remaining within the Capital News Centre. The mask or face covering must cover the nose, mouth, and chin. Masks are to not to be removed in all common areas of the Capital News Centre. Masks are not required when actively engaging with exercise inside Mission Fitness however they are strongly encouraged in between exercise. Please read Capital News Centre’s complete COVID-19 policy here.
Our policy directly reflects the mandate that was issued by the Provincial Government on November 24th. More Information can be found here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020EMBC0061-001960
3. Social Distancing
Patrons are strongly encouraged to socially distance when in the facility (approximately 2 meters). When travelling between workout stations, patrons are encouraged to wear their masks.
4. Limited Occupancy
Mission Fitness will be limited to 25 people in the gym (20 spaces reserved for booking and 5 flex spots for personal training or drop ins) and 20 people on the track at a time. All attendees of the facility will be required to book a time from the time slots below for either the gym or track.
Monday – Friday
• 6:00am – 7:30am
• 8:00am – 9:30am
• 10:00am – 11:30am
• 12:00pm – 1:30pm
• 2:00pm – 3:30pm
• 4:00pm – 5:30pm
• 6:00pm – 7:30pm
• 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Saturday & Sunday
• 7:00am – 8:30am
• 9:00am – 10:30am
• 11:00am – 12:30pm
• 1:00pm – 2:30pm
• 3:00pm – 4:30pm
• 5:00pm – 6:30pm
There will be a 30-minute change over period in order to ensure all patrons vacate the building accordingly. This 30-minute period will also serve as a time for our staff to disinfect the area and process payments for all of the next clientele entering the facility. Please call our office number at 250 764 3189 or visit our website in order to book your preferred time slot.
Booking requests further than 1 week from the current date is not permitted at this time. There will be a $5.00 penalty for no show. Patrons visiting the facility will be required to sign a waiver form every time they enter. The waiver form can be downloaded here, or completed online. The form will also be available at the facility.
When attending the facility, please show up on time and wait patiently until one of our administrative assistants comes to the front door to let you in. If you are late, please inform the front door attendant of the Capital News Centre that you are booked for a training session.
Individuals who fail to book are free to show up to the respective time that they wish to attend without a booking. Please be advised that individuals with bookings will take precedence in the instance that Mission Fitness is at maximum capacity. Mission Fitness will also be accepting drop-ins.
5. Payment for Services
Memberships will be active again and will resume on June 1st. Continuous payment plans occurring on the 17th will now be switched to the 3rd and payments occurring on the 3rd will now be on 17th. This is to compensate for the lost time on memberships as we closed on the 17th of March. All prepaid membership accounts that were running past our closure date on the 17th of March will be credited their lost time. All regular payment types and fees will continue upon our opening date.
6. Hand Hygiene
All patrons and staff will be required to clean and sanitize hands upon entering and leaving the facility. Additional hand sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the facility.
7. Sign Postage
Signage will be posted throughout the building as a reminder to physically and socially distance, to wash hands frequently, wear masks, direct flow of traffic and advise individuals to not enter the facility should they be ill or are not a patron of Mission Fitness.
8. Screening all patrons & Staff Self-Monitoring
Staff and all patrons will be required to ask themselves the following questions.
1. Have you experienced any the following symptoms: Cough, sore throat, headache, fever, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
2. In the last 14 days, have you or anyone in your household tested positive for COVID-19 or been advised by a health professional to self-isolate and monitor for symptoms?
3. In the last 14 days, have you or anyone in your household been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
4. Are you currently experiencing mild cold, flu or COVID-19-like symptoms?
5. Are you currently awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test for yourself?
6. Have you or anyone in your household travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days?
Any “Yes” that has been given as an answer will signify that both patrons or staff are to not attend the facility. They are to quarantine and consult their family doctor.
Tap payment or credit cards are strongly encouraged at this time as a primary form of payment.
Mission Fitness will utilize disinfectants that have been confirmed to be effective against SARS-CoV-2 by Health Canada and the EPA. The facility will be disinfected fully before opening. Once open the facility will be disinfected on a scheduled basis subsequent to each scheduled training block.
Members will be provided with spray bottles and paper towel to wipe down their own equipment prior to and after utilizing equipment.
11. Machinery Distance
Machines will be distanced approximately 2 meters in order to ensure the safety of patrons and mitigating contact. Some Cardio machines will be marked as “Not Available” if they are situated too close to other pieces of equipment in the gym.
12. Personal Training
Personal training is now available. Please contact us to book your session.
13. Group Fitness Classes
Group Fitness Classes are not being offered at this time.
14. Towel service and change rooms
Towel service and change room service have been suspended. This will be re-evaluated in the future.
Mission Fitness COVID-19 Safety Plan
The purpose of this plan is to protect and ensure the safety of employees and guest of both the Capital News Centre and Mission Fitness. The policies and guidelines below have been put in place to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. As the issues surrounding pandemic continue to evolve our procedures and policies will continually be evaluated and reassessed.
Assessment of the Safety in the Workplace
The following places and objects were evaluated based off the reported forms of transmission of COVID-19 (coughing, sneezing, contaminated surfaces, proximity).
• Physical contact: Gym equipment handles, floor space, support surfaces of equipment, floor mats, door handles, pens, cleaning supplies, point of sale machine, cash, and hand sanitizer bottles
• Proximity for the Staff: Front Desk, gym floor and entry point to the facility
• Proximity for the Patrons: Gym floor, indoor track lanes, entry point to the facility and equipment
Protocols to reduce person-to-person transmission
1st level of protection – Elimination
The gym has reduced its occupancy limit to 45 patrons in the facility, more specifically 25 people in the gym and 20 people in track. This has been posted in the facility. The gym is allowing a maximum of 5 professionals within the building at a given time in order to adhere to the regulations of having less than 50 people in the facility.
Staff are to self-monitor their symptoms. If they are feeling as though they have any symptoms in line with COVID-19, they are not to come to work. Additionally, if they have been in contact with anyone who has contract COVID-19 or is getting tested, they are to not come to work.
2nd level of protection – Engineering Controls
Equipment has been spread out at least 2 meters and certain equipment has been marked as out of service as we are unable to move it and it is too close to other pieces of equipment.
A plexiglass barrier was installed at the front desk as the main entrance to the facility is in very close proximity to the staff. A shelf was built outside of the side window in the front desk so that payment can be processed in the hallway. This ensures less contact between the patron and other attendees of the facility. Additionally, payment can be processed at the desk and the window can remain shut. It is also within our protocol now to clean our plexiglass barrier and shelf that were created.
3rd level of protection – Administrative controls
The gym has reduced its occupancy limit to 45 patrons in the facility. The gym is allowing a maximum of 5 professionals within the building at a given time in order to adhere to the regulations of having less than 50 people in the facility. People need to register for work out times as the gym needs to ensure that we always maintain this limited number of people. Additionally, given an outbreak at the facility Mission Fitness will know who was at the same scheduled workout time and have the contact information for everyone in order to deal with it appropriately. The gym is disinfected at the end of every training block in order to ensure cleanliness for the next group of people attending the facility. Staff were taught how to appropriately disinfect for the facility.
The front entrance of the Capital News Centre is always being monitored by a staff member. This is to ensure that people do not enter the Capital news Centre are authorized to be there. There will be barricaded walkway to the facility and cattle guards within the facility preventing people from access to other parts of the CNC. Mission Fitness staff will come down at the beginning of each training block and allow all booked patrons into the facility. All patrons are to leave and enter through the same doors. The patrons are to all sanitize their hands, sign a screening questionnaire, sign in at the front desk and grab their own sanitizing bottles to disinfect equipment. The screening questionnaire prevents people from attending the facility if they show any positive symptoms that are related to COVID-19.
All gym members are expected to clean equipment before and after using, maintain a safe distance between other members, and leave equipment in their designated areas. All disinfectants and sanitizer have been Health Canada and EPA approved.
Bathrooms, floor, handles, railings, and additional miscellaneous contact points are being cleaned daily. Hygiene, sanitization, and cleaning procedures have been significantly increased in all areas for the staff and all staff have been trained in appropriate protocol.
4th level of protection – PPE
When disinfecting the facility or walking around the gym floor staff are required to wear their masks and gloves. Staff are also required to wear a mask when greeting and signing patrons in at the front door. Staff have been instructed to wear gloves when handling cash and sanitizing hands after. Staff are to wear their masks behind the desk when additional staff are in the same workspace.
Staff have been instructed on how to use a mask and their gloves to appropriately ensure limited contact. Additionally, staff are using disinfectant wipes for items that are being used by multiple people (the point of sale machine).
All patrons of the Capital News Centre are to wear a mask when entering the facility and when in common areas of the facility. Masks are currently optional when actively engaging in exercise while in Mission Fitness property but highly recommended in between exercise.