MEMO: OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre COVID-19 Update
FROM: Danny Da Costa, Chief Executive Officer
TO: OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre Members & Program Participants
DATE: January 29, 2021
Dear Member & Program Participant,
Well, today is the day we all have been waiting for!
Earlier today, Premier Jason Kenney announced the reopening of gyms and restaurants effective February 8th, 2021. We are thrilled to welcome you back to the Alberta Tennis Centre on February 8th, 2021.
The Government of Alberta unveiled its new reopening plan. The new plan will guide easing of health measures currently in place. The key details of today’s announcement include:
- Easing of province-wide health measures will occur in steps based on COVID-19 hospitalization benchmarks.
- These steps and benchmarks will provide a transparent approach to easing restrictions for businesses and individuals while protecting the health-care system.
- Each step has an associated benchmark of hospitalized COVID-19 patients, including intensive care patients. Changes to restrictions will be considered once a benchmark is reached.
Here is the specific guidance from the Alberta Government’s website effective February 8th, 2021:
- Only one-on-one training is permitted for indoor fitness activities (e.g. fitness in dance studios, training figure skating on ice, one-on-one lessons).
- One-on-one sessions cannot interact with others and there must be a minimum of three metres distance between sessions in the same facility.
- Sessions have to be scheduled or by appointment.
- No drop-in for individuals or groups is allowed.
- No sports games, competitions, team practice, league play or group exercise of any kind.
- Trainers must be professional, certified and/or paid trainers who are providing active instruction and correction. Passive supervision of a physical activity is not considered training.
- Trainers should remain masked during the session; clients are not required to wear a mask while exercising.
- More than one trainer and client ‘pair’ are allowed into the facility, studio, rink, court, pool, ice surface, etc., as long as:
- Each trainer and client stays three metres away from all other trainers and clients at all times, including in entryways and exits.
- Each trainer only interacts with their assigned client and each client only interacts with their assigned trainer.
- No interaction between clients or between trainers is allowed.
- No ‘cycling through’ multiple trainers, as in circuit training.
Given the timing of today’s announcement, I will have a further update early next week to our program participants and members with specific details. Our management team will ensure we are ready to reopen on February 8th, 2021.
I want to thank our members, program participants and members of the tennis community for your continued support and words of encouragement. Since December 13th, 2020, we have continually sought information from Government officials. The past few weeks have been challenging for us all, but we are grateful that we can reopen with limited capacity.
I will be in touch with you as soon as I have further guidance and clarification from Tennis Alberta and Alberta Health Services. We will also provide a further detailed update next week to our membership and program participants.
DANNY DA COSTA
Chief Executive Officer
OSTEN & VICTOR Alberta Tennis Centre