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Coronavirus Update

 

As of April 3, 2020

At the direction of Public Health experts, the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre will remain closed until further notice.

We know the is a difficult time for you and your families. We hope that you can take part in some of our online classes which we are expanding this week to include more children’s programsmore fitness classes, an instructional cooking class and Community Coffee.
 
We miss the TPASC Community,
Stay Safe
 

As of 22 March, 2020

The Centre remains closed to the general public, tentatively scheduled to reopen April 6, 2020. However, as you know, the situation is fluid and this date could change.

While the majority of full-time staff are working from home, the building operations team continues to work from inside the building.
 
Without other staff, and the public in the facility, the building operations crew is able to practice social distancing, and the Centre is getting necessary maintenance.
 
In the coming weeks, many projects will be completed that we normally would not be able to complete when fully operational. We expect to reopen cleaner, and in better shape then when we closed.
 
That being said Building Operations is not the only team that is hard at work. The balance of the team meets virtually to strategize, complete tasks and prepare for reopening.

We believe that during this time, it is important to remain active.

Starting Monday, March 23rd, 2020, we will be releasing virtual fitness classes that will be free for everyone to take part in. These fitness classes will be bodyweight driven and no equipment (other than a phone or computer is necessary for most classes).

The schedule is available on our schedule page:  www.tpasc.ca/schedules
But for the first week, weekday classes will be at 11:00 am and 6:00 pm and weekend classes will be at 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.

Classes include:

  • Better Bones

  • Hatha Flow

  • Latin Dance Cardio

  • Total Body

  • Zumba

Classes will be available on our website:  www.tpasc.ca/live-classes or on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pg/TorontoPanAmSportsCentre/posts

If you miss a class, we will be recording them and they will be available on our Facebook page and on our website for you to do later.

These virtual classes will be free for everyone, so please share with family, friends and fitness contacts.

 

As of 13 MARCH  2020

On the advice of the City of Toronto Medical Officer of Health, the City of Toronto earlier today announced that it is closing community and recreation centres, arenas, pools and fitness centres effective 12:01 AM tomorrow.  Many other Municipalities in the GTA have already taken the same course of action.  

As a result, Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre will be temporarily closed as of March 14th, 2020 at 12:01 am until April 5th, 2020 reopening on April 6th, 2020.  

What does this mean?

For Members:

Your membership will be frozen during the closure. You will not be charged for your membership, or any ancillary fees. When we reopen, your membership will automatically start again. If you have an annual contract, the same amount of time will remain on your contract when we reopen.

Members that have rental lockers and need to access items currently stored in the locker, can still access your locker this evening until we close at 12:01 am. We will also be open for locker item pickup on Monday, March 16th only from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Please use the South Entrance to access the facility during this timeframe.

For Students:

Students will not be able to access the facility during the closure.

For City of Toronto registered programs, drop-in programs, and walking track members:

All programs including, March break camps, at the Centre are cancelled during the closure.

For Events:

All events, including the Swimming Canada Olympic & Paralympic Trials, have been cancelled or postponed.

 

We know that this will be a difficult time for you, and for ongoing updates please check www.tpasc.ca/coronavirus

 

Stay well.

 

Senior Management

Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre


As of 11 March 2020

As we continue to monitor and research, we all must do our part in keeping each other and our facility a safe and healthy environment.

Senior Management will take their lead and get our information from the experts like Toronto Public Health, Ontario Public Health and Canadian Public Health Organizations.

Customer Instructions:

  • If you have a fever, a cough, difficulty breathing or flu-like symptoms please stay home and rest or go see a doctor.

  • Use the multiple hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility. If you notice hand sanitizer stations running low, please let a staff member know.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water whenever possible. If you notice soap dispensers running low, please let a staff member know.

  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow.

  • Please refrain from shaking hands with others or with staff.

Toronto Public Health has stated that at this time the virus is not circulating locally so there is no recommendations to cancel events where a large number of people are gathering.

These still remain best practices. Senior Management is committed to a safe environment for all staff and users and will continue to monitor the situation and take its lead from the experts.

The Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre has taken the following steps to help ensure that the Centre remains a safe place to work, exercise, train, learn and compete:

  • Covid-19 News Monitoring – News has been followed from multiple government sources daily since late December. 

  • Covid-19 Planning Meetings – TPASC management began meeting immediately in early January to plan disease transmission mitigation strategies and TPASC’s response plans for various scenarios to best position the Centre.

  • Communication with Facility Operators Group (nationwide large multi-sport facilities) and YMCA – TPASC management has consulted with other large sporting venues in the country as well as the YMCA to exchange ideas for best practice.  

  • Public Education – TPASC has prepared and launched animated educational clips on video boards and TV screen throughout the building on handwashing hygiene, coughing and sneezing into sleeve and staying home if sick. 

  • Supplies – purchases of Covid-19 preparedness equipment and supplies were ordered in early January and re-purchasing continues to be executed based on anticipated need, well in advance, with consideration of likely shortages and delivery delays to ensure stock.

  • Hand Sanitizer Stations – Hand sanitizer stations are installed at the following locations: all three main entrances, the fitness centre, field house entrances, studio entrances, jogging track entrance and the admin area entrance.

  • Desktop Sanitizer & Disinfecting Wipes – These have been provided to all staff desks and all customer desks with backup supplies stocked.  These are intended for frequent wipe down disinfection of customer service desks, keyboards, etc.

  • Soap Dispensers - the frequency of checks by Operations staff to ensure operation were stepped up due to increased usage. Cleaning staff management are stocking dispenser soap at elevated levels and checking them more frequently to ensure supply at the sinks.

  • Building Cleaning – all high-touch surfaces are cleaned nightly with hospital-grade disinfectant.  Frequent re-cleaning throughout the day has also been implemented.   

  • Equipment Cleaning – Disinfecting wipes are available to fitness centre members for cleaning equipment before and after use.  Fitness Centre staff are also doing some equipment cleaning throughout the day.  All shared equipment that is issued to users has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.  TPASC staff are routinely disinfecting shared equipment between uses (this includes items such as basketballs and yoga mats)  

  • Special Events – Additional hand sanitizer stands have been purchased and operationalized for entrances to spectator seating for special events.  

  • Business Continuity Plan - Management has completed a business continuity planning process which will aid with any future scenarios should they arise.

TPASC Senior Management continues to meet informally daily, and formally twice weekly, to discuss Covid-19 news, developments and strategy ideas to anticipate what will best serve TPASC if conditions change and any changes that can impact our customers will be publicized.

Please assist us by doing your part to keep TPASC a safe place and let customer service staff know if you notice hand sanitizer stations or soap dispensers running low.