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Welcoming you home, safely.

Everything you need to know about how COVID-19 is affecting the Department of Athletics

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what you need to know

We are working hard to welcome you back into our facilities. In order to maintain best practices, we will be implementing a phased approach to re-opening each facility.

 

Use this website as a reference for our COVID-19 related re-opening procedures so you know what to expect and when.

Please continue to check here & our social media accounts for updated information as it becomes available. 

Memberships, NRG & Fitness Programs

Facilities & Rental Opportunities

 

re-opening Phase information

We will be opening our athletics facilities and programs in phases. Below is a road map of what and when you can expect some of your favourite activities and spaces to be open. Click here for the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre hours.

 

We need your help in following all our procedures and rules in the building in order to ensure we can move through these phases and open up more spaces and activities. 

 

Please note as each phase opens ALL programs and spaces will require participants to pre-book their spot before arrival.

Click the heading below for more details.

PHASE 1 (Aug. 31, 2020)


We will be opening our Athletic facilities and programs in phases. In order for us to ensure the safety of our users and staff, and to move on to the next phase, we need your help in following all our procedures and rules in the building! Please note as each phase opens ALL programs and spaces will require participants to pre-book their spot before arrival. Phase 1 (August 31, 2020) includes the re-opening of:

  1. Client Services (519-824-4120 x56253)
  2. Fitness Centre - Subject to availability. * Registration is Required. Click here to reserve your spot.
  3. RBC On-Campus
  4. GGAC walking track* & Rec Basketball* (Basketball time is for shooting and skill development only. Only 2 people can use a net and there can be no 1-on-1 games. Equipment rental will not be available at this time and users must bring their own basketball) Book Rec here > uoguel.ph/recbooking
  5. North outdoor soccer field* - Book here > uoguel.ph/recbooking
  6. Personal bins will be provided in the replacement of lockers. Change rooms will not be open.
*You must be a member to access these, and day passes are not available at this time. Current phase 1 hours:⁠
  • Aug. 27 - Aug. 30: 10am-3pm (Client Services only)⁠
  • Aug. 31 - Sept. 4: 9am-6:30pm (Fitness Centre & Building Hours)⁠
  • Sept. 5/6/7: 10am-3:30pm (Fitness Centre & Building Hours)⁠




PHASE 3 (Sept. 14, 2020)


Phase 3 (beginning Monday, Sept. 14th, 2020) will include everything from Phase 1 and 2 including:

  1. Return-to-Train for club and varsity teams⁠
  2. Active Kids & Swim Lesson details (Registration for Fall Programming opens: Monday September 21st @ 5:30am)
  3. Dance program details (Registration for Fall Programming opens: Monday September 21st @ 5:30am)
  4. Adult Learn to Skate & swim lesson details (Registration for Fall Programming opens: Monday September 21st @ 5:30am)
  5. Intramurals: Registration opens for in-person intramurals including (badminton, volleyball, pickleball, dodgeball)⁠
  6. E-Gaming: Registration opens for our fall e-gaming tournaments⁠
  7. Recreational badminton - Book here > uoguel.ph/recbooking⁠⠀⁠
  8. Equipment Lending will be opening⁠

Please note as each phase opens ALL programs and spaces will require participants to pre-book their spot before arrival and complete a campus-wide self-assessment form before each time - All members will be required to complete a self-assessment before coming to campus (uoguel.ph/COVID19screening)⁠




What will not be "phased in" or re-opened in fall 2020?


The following aspects of our Athletics programming remain unavailable until Provincial and Sport Regulations change:

  • UGAA Rock Climbing Wall recreational hours
  • Large events
  • Spectators at games
  • Club travel and competition
  • Intramural hockey, basketball, football, soccer & waterpolo
  • Team rooms
  • Martial arts
  • Low ropes course
  • Excursions
  • Steamrooms & hottubs
All varsity team rooms and shared varsity changerooms, including the Football Pavilion will remain closed (with the exception of rooms in the arena).




How is the Athletics Department planning to keep users and staff safe?


Student, staff, faculty and community members’ health and safety is our priority.


This is a list of changes that we need to make in our operations and every day routines in an effort to minimize exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Planning follows the hierarchy of controls below.

Guiding Principles for re-opening

  • The Health and Safety of all our students, members, and community users
  • Continue to offer high quality programming and services we are known for, while mitigating risk.
  • Continue to prioritize fiscal responsibility and revenue generation.
  • Fewer Faces – Bigger Spaces
  • Don’t Bring It; Don’t Spread It; Don’t Catch It

Actions required from full time & part time staff, and/or members & students:

  • Work from home and conduct virtual meetings, if possible
  • Stay home as much as possible – enjoy our virtual programming
  • When outside of your home, practice physical distancing
  • Physical distancing means limiting close contact with other people to slow the spread of an infectious disease by keeping at least two meters (six feet) away from one another
  • Face coverings need to be worn at all times when physical distancing is not possible or not predictable.
  • If you are ill, have flu like symptoms or have a fever or cough, stay home
  • Avoid crowded places and non-essential gatherings
  • Greet people with a wave instead of a handshake or fist bump
  • Control access
  • Limiting occupancy
  • Signage in facility to physical distance or wear a face covering if this is not possible or predicted
  • Enforcement
  • Pre-screening for staff and clients
  • Manage entry points – markers, queues
  • Increase sanitation practices and signage to encourage proper hand and face hygiene
  • Students, members and staff should leave when done activity – no congregating

Elimination Goals

  • Stay home if sick
  • Self-assessments at start of shift
  • Maintain physical distancing
  • No contact greetings

Substitution Goals

  • Work from home, if possible
  • Virtual programming

Engineering Goals

  • Redesign layout of facility in zones – sign up required for each zone
  • Block access to pieces that cannot be moved to accommodate physical distancing
  • Install barriers between strength equipment, in consult rooms and at swipe in desk
  • Limit numbers in areas and facility
  • Delineate spaces – physical markers of space –signs, footprints etc.
  • Eliminate access points
  • Hand sanitizer stations on equipment and at all entrances
  • Cleaning schedules
  • Ventilation flush regularly
  • Bins for staff to put belongings in – not communal space
  • No congregation in staff offices

Administrative Goals

  • Physical distance and face covering requirements
  • Signage, training, and education

Re-Occupancy

  • Each facility will make a map to define plans for circulation, direction, queuing, and layout.
  • Floor decals to implement plans for circulation, direction, queuing, and layout to encourage physical distancing have been installed.
  • Communication materials such as posters for: Hand hygiene reminders; Hand Washing guidelines; Participant and Staff Screening reminders; Equipment Cleaning Reminder; Closed/Open/In/Out/Capacity signs; Facility Specific Notices and Rules will be posted, including elevator use communication.
  • Plexi-glass barriers for countertops have been installed for front desk/reception locations.
  • Drinking fountains out of service: All water drinking fountains will be taped off as they are not to be used. Water bottle dispensers will still be available for use.
  • Paper towel dispensers have been installed.
  • Additional hand sanitizer stations have been installed

Cleaning

  • Custodial Services maintains and cleans our facilities with the exception of the areas listed below*. Our Facility Manager is working closely with Custodial services to ensure high standard of cleaning for high touch public areas such as main corridors, washrooms, changerooms, elevators and stairwells.
  • Personal offices will be cleaned at off-hours to maintain physical distancing
  • Personal desktops and personal items will not be cleaned by Custodial. Individuals occupying these spaces will be asked to clean their own spaces regularly. Shared service stations such as client services, equipment lending and fitness centre control, will be cleaned by each employee at the start and end of their shift, and anytime during a shift where a new employee is introduced to the work station (i.e. break coverage)
  • Cleaning practices to be constantly reviewed and align with Custodial Services and industry best practices.
  • *Internal cleaning plans are in place for the Fitness Centre, Fitness Studios, High Performance Training Centre, and changeroom lockers




What are "PHASES"?


We will be opening our Athletic facilities and programs in phases. Below is a road map of what and when you can expect some of your favourite activities and spaces to be open. We need your help in following all our procedures and rules in the building in order to ensure we can move through these phases and open up more spaces and activities. Please note as each phase opens ALL programs and spaces will require participants to pre-book their spot before arrival.




PHASE 2 (Sept. 8, 2020)


Phase 2 (begining Tuesday, Sept. 8th, 2020) will include everything from Phase 1 including:

  1. " Gryphon On-demand Fitness" classes. This platform will be FREE for University of Guelph full-time or part-time undergraduates or full-time graduate students as part of their Fall Athletic memberships) More information is available here > gryphons.ca/fitondemand
  2. Personal Training
  3. Aquatic & Safety Certification Programs: (Bronze Medallion/EFA/Bronze Cross Crash Course, CPR A - Exam, Emergency First Aid with CPR B (LSS) National Lifeguard, National Lifeguard Recertification, Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Recert, Standard First Aid with CPR C (LSS), Standard First Aid with CPR C Recertification (LSS))
  4. Fitness Certification Programs (Cycle Instructor Certification, Fitness Instructor Certification, Personal Trainer Certification)
  5. New campus-wide self-assessment forms - All members will be required to complete a self-assessment before coming to campus. You can access the U of G COVID-19 Screening Form:
+ Extended hours! Fall 2020 Semester: Tuesday, Sept. 8th – Friday, Dec. 4th Fitness Centre Hours :
  • Monday - Thursday: 7am-10:30pm
  • Friday- Sunday: 7am-7pm
GGAC Building Hours
  • Monday - Thursday: 7am – 11pm
  • Friday- Sunday: 7am – 8:30pm
In order for us to ensure the safety of our users and staff, and to move on to the next phase, we need your help in following all our procedures and rules in the building! Please note as each phase opens ALL programs and spaces will require participants to pre-book their spot before arrival.




PHASE 5


Phase 5 (date TBA) will include:

  1. Re-opening of the Gryphon Field House
  2. More recreational opportunities
  3. May include the re-opening of the UGAA Student/Fireplace Lounge. This will be determined closer to the launch of this phase
  4. Some recreational activities




PHASE 4 (Sept. 21, 2020)


Phase 4 (beginning Monday, Sept. 21, 2020) will include everything from Phase 1, 2 and 3 plus:

  1. E-sport intramural leagues begin
  2. Gryphon Aquatic Centre will open for rentals, clubs, varsity use and lane/rec swim. Bookings can be made here. Changerooms will be open for pool users only. View swim protocols here.
  3. Active Kids & swim lesson registration (opens at 5:30am)
  4. Dance program registration (opens at 5:30am)
  5. Adult Learn to Skate & swim lesson registration (opens at 5:30am)
  6. In-person "NRG" fitness classes! Reserve your spot in class at uoguel.ph/nrg
    • Important! Access to NRG fitness classes will be through the Larry Pearson entrance (main entrance). Go to Client Services where you will swipe in and get a bin for your belongings, and then follow the signs to the studios.
In order for us to ensure the safety of our users and staff, and to move on to the next phase, we need your help in following all our procedures and rules in the building! Please note as each phase opens ALL programs and spaces will require participants to pre-book their spot before arrival and complete a campus-wide self-assessment form before each time - All members will be required to complete a self-assessment before coming to campus (uoguel.ph/COVID19screening)⁠





How we're keeping you safe

The safety of our students, members and staff is our first priority. We have completed a review and redesign of our spaces and operations to ensure we are aligned with best practices and public health including (but not limited to):

Elimination Goals (no contact greetings, physical distancing, health self-assessments)

Substitution Goals (working from home & virtual programming)

Engineering Goals (adjustments to facility layouts, barriers, capacity limits, reduced access points, new cleaning protocols, ventilation system updates, no communal spaces etc.)

 

For a more detailed list, view question 8 in our Phase FAQs above.

 

Your responsibilities 

We need your help in following all our procedures and rules in the building in order to ensure we can move through these phases and open up more spaces and activities.

We ask you to:

  • Wear a face covering when physical distance cannot be maintained or predicted. This includes indoors and outdoors and is dependant on the program/activity.

  • Pre-register for activities. 

  • Self-assess prior to entering our facilities (if you are feeling sick, stay home)

  • Frequently wash your hands and use hand sanitizer

  • Be mindful & obey all new procedures & rules as they apply to you/the space you are in

  • Be patient & respectful towards our staff as we work to create new safe opportunities for our members

  • Be patient & respectful towards each other and our other members 

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Teams, Sports & Clubs

All OUA and U SPORTS competition for Fall 2020 has been cancelled. 

The Department of Athletics continues to offer support to our athletes and is working directly with each intercollegiate, club and intramural team to develop a plan to return to train.

All plans are specific to the sport but are guided by the same principles outlined for all re-opening procedures.

Questions about intercollegiate teams? Contact coaches directly. Click here for our coach directory.

 
 

Fitness centre, recreation programs & memberships

The Guelph Gryphons fitness centre & gym is now open for members. View hours.

Other programming & memberships will be offered in a phased-in approach (listed below). Click on the links to view the start dates & regulations for each.

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virtual fitness

We will be continuing to offer virtual fitness opportunities through our new On-Demand platform as well as in-person fitness classes (see NRG Fitness Classes link below). On-Demand classes will be *FREE for all members. To find out if you are a member or for information on fitness classes & NRG programming click the links below.

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Questions?

If you still have questions or are looking for resources, please contact us directly using the form below or the chat option. We will reply within 24-48 hours.

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