Vaccination update as of September 17 2021:
Abilities Centre’s Vaccine Policy:
The Government of Ontario, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, announced that the province will require people to be fully vaccinated and provide proof of their vaccination status to access certain businesses and settings starting September 22, 2021.
View the Vaccine Policy
Read more on the vaccine mandate for staff here
Read Abilities Centre's safety plan here
Will I still have to follow health and safety protocols even if I am fully vaccinated?
Yes, everyone in the Centre must wear a mask, and follow the 2m social distance rule as we continue to abide by the province’s guidelines to keep everyone as safe as possible. To view the province’s Roadmap to Reopen, please visit the guidelines. We will also continue to follow all sign in procedures for contact tracing purposes.
Does everyone coming into Abilities Centre need to be fully vaccinated?
Yes under the new Government regulations taking effect September 22, 2021, Ontarians will need to be fully vaccinated (two doses plus 14 days) and provide their proof of vaccination along with ID to access certain public settings and facilities such as Abilities Centre.
Will Abilities Centre ensure their staff are fully vaccinated?
Yes. On August 17, 2021 the Government of Ontario announced that COVID-19 vaccinations policies will be mandatory for staff and volunteers working in high-risk settings. Abilities Centre is a high-risk environment with the vulnerable sector we serve therefore we have taken action to mandate the vaccine for Abilities Centre staff in order to increase protection for our most vulnerable, including seniors, immunocompromised individuals and young children who are not yet eligible for vaccination. The following requirements have been implemented and will effective September 22, 2021:
Do I have to wear a mask while exercising?
Face masks are required in all public spaces within the facility. Durham Region Health Department has authorized the removal of a mask while exercising but Abilities Centre strongly recommends if you are able to wear one during exercising to please do so. Your mask protects everyone around you, and their masks protect you.
What measures are being taken to support the safety of the facility?
Personal protective equipment (PPE) for staff – gloves, masks, face shields, and gowns when 2 metres distance can’t be maintained.
Attendance tracking of EVERYONE who enters Abilities Centre, to facilitate contract tracing if necessary. This means signing in and signing out, for everybody, every time.
What measures are being taken to support health and safety at Abilities Centre?
Upon arrival, we have adjusted our process for entering the Centre:
How is Abilities Centre implementing physical distancing?
How do we enter and exit the building?
We have only one point of entrance, through the main sliding glass doors off Gordon Street (west side). This enables us to manage and control traffic flow, ensure physical distancing, and screen and track accurately all visitors to the facility. With the colder weather we have made some adjustments to the entrance to allow as many members to wait inside while maintaining the required physical distancing.
We have only one point of exit, through the sliding doors facing Victoria Street, on the south side of the building. Please note: Staff will coordinate with members requiring different point of exit required for accessibility reasons.
I need to wait for transportation – where can I do this?
We have set aside a designated waiting area at the south end of the lobby (looking towards Victoria Street).
What are the new hours of operation for Members?
The building will be open to members from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday to Thursday, 7:00am – 7:00pm on Friday, and from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Please note there are opportunities for facility rentals outside of the regular listed hours above.
For more information, please contact our Rentals Department firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 905 665-8500 (x120). *Please see Q&A on rentals below.
Is pre-registration required for my workout session before visiting Abilities Centre?
What classes are available to members?
I have a meeting with someone at Abilities Centre, is there anything I need to know?
Can I book rental space at Abilities Centre?
As of Friday July 16 2021, sport clubs and teams will be able to rent spaces within Abilities Centre for training, practices and competitions. Rentals will be asked to follow Abilities Centre’s mask policy. Masks do not need to be worn during physical activity however we are requiring masks to be worn while travelling throughout the building. Limits to group sizes will be dictated by Abilities Centre building capacity.
Is the children’s playground open to members?
Our children’s playground is closed to members at this time.
My membership was cancelled – what happens now?
To reinstate your access to the facility a new membership contract will need to be completed. This can be done by going online to our website (add link here), by calling the front desk at (905) 665-8500 x 0 or by coming into the Centre.
Once your membership is activated you may go online to book your workout session at the centre at www.abiltiescentre.org or call (905) 665-8500 x 0.
If you require detailed info or customer service support, please contact us at email@example.com
Please check back with us frequently.
Provincial and regional guidelines and restrictions continuously evolve and we are adapting accordingly to ensure safe environment for all.
email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905-665-8500 ext. 0
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