Guidance for Fitness Facilities

Public Health Sudbury & Districts has received questions in addition to complaints of developing issues relating to gyms and fitness facilities.

To assist with the re-opening and the requirements of fitness facilities, the following is guidance from the Province of Ontario and Public Health.

Local owners and operators are expected to be familiar with, and ensure that their business or organization is operating in compliance with all applicable legislation. Please refer to the Ontario Regulations 364/20  https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200364. It should be noted that the Regulation can be updated frequently so you may want to check it regularly in case there have been changes.

The points below are an overview of the current requirements in Orange for fitness facilities in addition to the standard measures – please note that this is not a comprehensive list:

Note:  There are exemptions for high performance athletes and parasports

The following was sent to all area businesses this past weekend and includes links to the screening tools and requirements, Provincial Framework, and legislation. Further, as shared in our February 19, 2021 email to all businesses and organizations, Public Health has developed signage that can be used by you for this purpose COVID-19_Signage_Questions_V1_EN, COVID-19_Signage_Questions_V2_EN.

As you are aware the Government of Ontario has announced that February 16, 2021, the area within Public Health Sudbury & Districts boundaries will be returning to the Orange Zone as outlined in the COVID-19 response framework: keeping Ontario safe and open https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-response-framework-keeping-ontario-safe-and-open. For more specific information regarding restrictions within the Orange Zone, please see Ontario Regulation 364/20: RULES FOR AREAS IN STAGE 3 under Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020, S.O. 2020, c. 17 https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200364

In addition, the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health has developed COVID-19 signage questions http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/docs/COVID_19_bus_orgs_question_signage.pdf to support the new requirement for signage to be posted at all entrances for passive screening before entering a business or organization.

Some businesses or organizations in specific zones, as defined in the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open, must screen patrons before they are allowed to enter. These include businesses in the following zones:

Business or organization Zone
Indoor malls Orange – Restrict

Red – Control

Grey – Lockdown

Restaurants, bars, and other food and drink establishments (not required for take-out, drive-through, or delivery) Orange – Restrict

Red – Control

Sports and recreational fitness facilities Orange – Restrict

Red – Control

Meeting and event spaces Orange – Restrict

Red – Control

Personal care services Orange – Restrict

Red – Control

Casinos, bingo halls , and gaming establishments Orange – Restrict

Red – Control

Cinemas Orange – Restrict
Performing arts facilities Orange – Restrict

 

The Provincial Government’s COVID-19 customer and patron screening tool has been updated to align with the return to the Response Framework and requirement for active screening in specific settings and zones. The tool can be accessed online https://covid-19.ontario.ca/screening/customer/ or downloaded (PDF) https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid19-cms-assets/2021-02/ENScreening – PatronFeb10v2.pdf from the Ontario government website for you to post at your entrance.

Finally, the COVID-19 worker and employee screening tool has been updated to further align with current advice and direction. The tool can be accessed online https://covid-19.ontario.ca/screening/worker/ or download (PDF) https://covid-19.ontario.ca/covid19-cms-assets/2021-02/ENScreening – WorkerFeb10v3.pdf  from the Ontario government website.


This item was last modified on February 22, 2021