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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: 

  • Full vaccination against COVID-19; 

  • A medical reason for not being vaccinated against COVID-19;  

  • Staff with medical exemptions will be required to undertake regular rapid antigen testing.  

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? 

  • Enhanced cleaning throughout the day; deep cleaning during closed hours. 

  • Extra hand sanitizing stations are positioned throughout the facility. 

  • Showers and water fountains remain closed, but a water filling station is available, as well as vending machines that sell water. 

  • Paper towels are provided in lieu of air hand dryers in washrooms.  

  • Abilities Centre will provide all equipment including mats – we clean and sanitize all equipment and high-touch surfaces before and after use. 

  • Those members bringing in their own pre-approved equipment will be required to clean their equipment upon entry and exit of the Centre. Please note that only equipment that can be sanitized will be permitted into the Centre. 

  • Reduced numbers of people in attendance within the facility, by class, activity, and program. 

  • Touchless payment is preferred – online or tap debit/credit cards. 

  • Enhanced health and safety training for all staff. 

  • 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. 

  • Please review our Safety Plan for additional details 

What measures are being taken to support health and safety at Abilities Centre? 
Upon arrival, we have adjusted our process for entering the Centre: 

  • Health screening will be required for everyone. Your contact information and a signed waiver will be for the safety of all. 

  • All members and participants will be identified and directed by staff (front desk) upon entrance to the location of their activity.  

  • When your visit is complete, you will follow a sign out process at the south sliding doors facing Victoria Street. 

How is Abilities Centre implementing physical distancing? 

  • We have floor markers indicating physical distancing space and showing the direction of traffic flow  

  • Controlled traffic flow – one-way traffic in most areas 

  • Plexiglass shields in service areas 

  • Reduced occupancy (i.e. fewer people) in all spaces 

  • No hand shaking or touching unless necessary 

  • Physical distancing in change rooms; showers are temporarily closed 

  • Signs reminding us of recommended health and safety practices, including staying 2 metres (6 feet) apart where possible during physical activity 

  • Enter through one door/entrance and exit through another. This applies to the main entrance and exit, as well as spaces within the Centre. 

  
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. 

  • Access to the link connecting Abilities Centre to Iroquois Park Sports Complex is temporarily closed. 

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 rentals@abilitiescentre.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? 

  • Pre-registration is NOT required for members coming in to use the HUR room and Fieldhouse for their workout sessions 

What classes are available to members? 

  • Classes are also continuing to be offered online through our AC Virtual World Online Memberships. Information on this can be found on our website at www.abilitiescentre.org. 

I have a meeting with someone at Abilities Centre, is there anything I need to know? 

  • Health screening will be required for all visitors. This includes following the same sign in and sign out process as all other visitors to the Centre 

  • All visitors must register and sign in at the front service desk in order for their host to be notified. 

  • A visitor waiting area will be provided while awaiting meeting or escort into the Centre. 

  • After the visit, guest will be accompanied back to the lobby by their host to the sign out station. 

Can I book rental space at Abilities Centre? 

  • Yes, our facility is open for rentals as the schedule permits. 

  • 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. 

  • For more information about renting a space at Abilities Centre, please contact rentals@abilitiescentre.org or phone at 905 665-8500 (x120).   

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 services@abilitiescentre.org  
 
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: services@abilitiescentre.org  or call 905-665-8500 ext. 0 
Smile! Be Safe. Be. Kind. 

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