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  • Condo Exercise Room

    Posted by Karen on April 10, 2022 at 9:52 am

    adamskm

    We have an exercise room in our condo building. We have closed it but we are having trouble finding any gov’t policies regarding private exercise rooms and we have been getting static from residents who want the room opened. Any opinions. Thanks.

    Karen replied 4 months ago 1 Member · 0 Replies
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  • Karen

    Administrator
    April 10, 2022 at 9:53 am

    GibsonT

    I think your policy is a good one.

    Many condos are not developing any policies to prevent COVID and I believe they should.  Even requiring wearing masks in common areas should be a no-brainer.

    Gyms and fitness facilities are known to be super-spreader sources of COVID.

    It is always helpful to be able to quote legislation when making policies (rules), but that should not prevent the condo making a rule that they believe important to protect resident safety, irrespective of the law.

    FYI: there is a great deal of online debate about issues like this, particularly from Ontario, where there are many very large (500+) communities.

    ertheless, I am sure that Alberta Health can assist you.

    Good Luck!

    • Karen

      Administrator
      April 10, 2022 at 9:55 am

      emjayel

      Hi all – Face coverings are mandatory in condo buildings (in Calgary) now. This is what I found under http://www.calgary.ca under Bylaws and Public Safety -> CEMA -> COVID-19 – Face Coverings Bylaw – and there are two posters available:

      Face coverings in condos and apartments

      It is mandatory that masks be worn in the common areas of condos and apartments.

      If you own or manage a condo building or apartment, you can download and post our “You are entering a high risk area – wear a mask” posters in your common spaces.

      Private Fitness rooms aren’t treated any differently from public gyms.  We have two buildings in our condo complex, with a small fitness room and equipment in each building.

      We have also closed our gyms and have had push back from some residents.  Below is a summary of what we put in our recent communications.  One thing to note is that re-opening our fitness rooms will result in additional costs.

      Once the latest gym shutdown is lifted, we plan  to re-open our Condo Fitness Rooms with alternating use (Building 1 Mon/Wed/Fri and Building 2 Tue/Thu/Sat with Sunday cleaning), and one-person occupancy per booked appointment.

      Fitness Rooms

      Please see the following information from AHS re Fitness Rooms:

      https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/covid-19-relaunch-sports-physical-activity-and-recreation.pdf

      • Special ventilation systems
      • Equipment spacing of 3 meters for cardio equipment and 2 meters for weight machines;
      • Reduced & controlled occupancy/appointments including a COVID-19 pre-screening checklist & rapid response plan to manage symptomatic participants;
      • Frequent cleaning and sanitization and sanitizing products available;

      Contact tracing in place.

      • Karen

        Administrator
        April 10, 2022 at 9:56 am

        MarkH

        We have 175 units in three buildings; one building houses a swimming pool, hot tub, and a small exercise room with five very closely-spaced pieces of equipment. All have been closed since Monday, December 14 2020.

        Notices in all three buildings say “Alberta Health Services updated restrictions on Dec.8th closing the following amenities. Recreational and fitness centres including pools, gyms, studios and arenas” We also have two gender-appropriate locker rooms with showers and steam rooms, and with toilets serving commercial occupants of that floor. These also appear to be closed (there are more accessible toilets on the floor above, don’t worry about it!).

        Before the December closure, the exercise room was limited to one user at a time, booked in advance; the user was required to sanitise the equipment they had used before leaving. I don’t know how that worked with the pool and hot tub. Users are always required to shower with soap before using the pool or hot tub, but I observed that other users usually did not obey this requirement 🙁

        • Karen

          Administrator
          April 10, 2022 at 9:57 am

          adamskm

          Thank you for the responses.