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Athletic Facility Reopening Plan

Posted by Angela on June 29, 2020 in Current News

Valued members,

We’re pleased to share our plan to reopen the Dalhousie University athletic facilities including Dalplex, Langille Athletic Centre and Wickwire Field. Sexton Gym will continue to remain closed, but its members will be able to use Dalplex until it reopens.

We hope you are as excited as we are to be able to get back to the gym. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Reopening Schedule

PHASE 1: July 6, 2020

  • Wickwire Field and the Dalhousie Outdoor Tennis Courts will reopen. 
  • Phone lines at Dalplex will be open between 8am-8pm Monday to Friday.

PHASE 2: August 4, 2020

  • Dalplex will reopen with modifications. 
  • Services available will include the Fitness Hall (with reservations required), Fitness Studios (for classes only & reservations are required), and varsity athlete access to the High Performance Room.

PHASE 3: August 17, 2020

  • The Pool will reopen with appointments required.
  • Additional facilities and services within Dalplex will become available (pending a successful PHASE 2). 
  • Langille Athletic Centre will reopen with modifications and appointments will be required.

What To Expect

PHASE 1: July 6, 2020

  • Wickwire Field and the Dalhousie Outdoor Tennis Courts will reopen. 
  • Phone lines at Dalplex will be open between 8am-8pm Monday-Friday

Wickwire Field

  • Three (3) cross fields will be open
  • Capacity is limited to 30, with 10 people on each cross field
  • Open for rentals and member use
  • Priority will be given to the Athletics and Recreation department for programming
  • Adherence to physical distancing will be required

Outdoor Tennis Courts

  • Both courts are open for use
  • Singles play only (total of two (2) people per court)
  • Tennis Nova Scotia’s Return to Play Guidelines must be followed
  • After August 4, 2020, members will be required to book a time through the Dalplex Client Experience Centre to Friday.

PHASE 2: August 4, 2020

Dalplex will reopen with modifications.

We will be following very strict protocols to ensure the safety of our members and staff as part of our reopening plan. These protocols are being developed to meet and exceed the health and safety standards laid out by Public Health.

Fitness Hall (cardio & strength training equipment)

  • There will be fewer pieces of cardio and weight training equipment available to support physical distancing requirements.
  • A maximum of 36 members will be permitted in the Fitness Hall at any given time.
  • Members will be required to book an appointment to use the Fitness Hall.
  • Appointments will be for an hour and a half (90 minutes) each.
  • There will be a total of six (6) appointment periods per day Monday to Friday, and four (4) on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Members are limited to one appointment per day.
  • Members will be able to book their appointments online three (3) days in advance starting August 1, 2020.
  • After August 4, 2020, members may also call 902 494-3372 to book their appointments in addition to using the online service.
  • Members will be required to complete a COVID-19 health screening questionnaire during the booking process.
  • Members who do not show up for their appointments may lose the ability to book future visits.
  • Members must use their DalCard/membership card to access the facility. Entry will not be permitted without it.
  • Robust cleaning measures will take place in between appointment periods, but members will be expected to clean equipment before and after each use.
  • Items such as yoga mats, stability balls, medicine/slam balls, stretching tubes/bands, plyometric boxes, etc. will not be available for use.

Fitness Studios

  • Fitness studios will only be open during scheduled fitness classes.
  • Large studio classes will have a limit of nine (9) people (1 instructor and 8 participants).
  • Small studio classes are limited to five (5) people (1 instructor and 4 participants).
  • Fitness classes will be recorded and made available on a regular basis to all members.
  • Members will be required to book an appointment to attend a fitness class.
  • Members are limited to one appointment per day.
  • Members will be able to book their appointments online three (3) days in advance starting August 1, 2020.
  • After August 4, 2020, members may also call 902 494-3372 to book their appointments in addition to using the online service.
  • Members will be required to complete a COVID-19 health screening questionnaire during the booking process.
  • Members who do not show up for their appointments may lose the ability to book future visits.
  • Members must use their DalCard/membership card to access the facility. Entry will not be permitted without it.

High Performance Room

  • The High Performance Room will be open for varsity student-athlete training only.
  • Occupancy is limited to nine (9) (1 coach/trainer and up to 8 student-athletes)
  • Athletes, trainers and coaches must use their DalCard to enter the facility. Entry will not be permitted without it.

PHASE 2: ADDITIONAL INFO/CLOSURES

  • Facility access is for members and Dalhousie students only. Day passes, multi-use passes or walk-ins will not be accepted at this time.
  • Members are encouraged to bring full water bottles as water fountains will not be available.
  • Please come dressed for your activity and leave valuables and bags at home. Locker rooms, lockers and cubbies are not available for use. 

The following areas and services are unavailable until further notice:

  • Locker rooms
  • Locker rentals
  • Towel service
  • Children’s play area
  • Classrooms

PHASE 3: August 17, 2020

  • The Pool will reopen. 
  • Additional facilities and services within Dalplex will become available (pending a successful PHASE 2). 
  • Langille Athletic Centre will reopen with modifications.

Pool

  • Members will be required to book an appointment to use the pool.
  • Members are limited to one appointment per day.
  • Length of appointment time is currently TBA.
  • Members will be able to book their appointments online three (3) days in advance starting August 14, 2020.
  • After August 17, 2020, members may also call 902 494-3372 to book their appointments in addition to using the online service.
  • Members will be required to complete a COVID-19 health screening questionnaire during the booking process.
  • Members who do not show up for their appointments without notice may lose the ability to book future visits.
  • Members must use their DalCard/membership card to access the facility. Entry will not be permitted without it.
  • Lane swimming only: short course with sixteen (16) twenty-five metre lanes
  • One (1) person per lane.
  • Equipment will not be provided. Members may bring their own flutter boards and pull-buoys.
  • Spectators are not permitted.
  • Members should come dressed to swim as the main locker rooms and lockers are not available.
  • On-deck locker rooms and washrooms will be available with an occupant limit of one (1) person per room at any time.
  • On-deck showers will be available – one (1) person per shower room at any time.
  • Members will be required to leave their personal belongings in a designated space on the pool deck. It is recommended you leave your valuables at home and bring only what you need for swimming.
  • More information on the pool will be provided in our next update.

Dalplex

Moving on to Phase 3 will be dependent on the success of Phase 2. Phase 3 includes reopening the following in Dalplex:

  • Badminton courts
  • Squash/racquetball courts
  • Basketball and volleyball courts
  • Indoor track
  • Climbing facilities (Fieldhouse wall & Rock Court)
  • Spin class studio

We will provide specific details on Phase 3 as it relates to Dalplex in the near future.

Langille Athletic Centre

  • A total of 18 Fitness Pods have been created within the facility to accommodate 19 members at a time.
  • Members will be required to book an appointment to use a Fitness Pod.
  • Appointments will be for an hour and a half each and includes the time it takes to perform a health screen of each member before entering the facility
  • There will be a total of six (6) appointment periods per day Monday to Thursday, and four (4) on Fridays and Sundays. The facility is closed on Saturdays.
  • Members are limited to one appointment per day.
  • Members will be able to book their appointments by calling 902 893-6660 or by emailing rams@dal.ca one (1) day in advance.
  • Members will be required to complete a health screening during the booking process.
  • Members who do not show up for their appointments without notice may lose the ability to book future visits.
  • Members must use their DalCard/membership card to access the facility. Entry will not be permitted without it.
  • Robust cleaning measures will take place in between appointment periods
  • Items such as yoga mats, stability balls, medicine/slam balls, stretching tubes/bands, plyometric boxes, sport equipment (balls, racquets, shuttles etc.) will not be available for use.

Reopening Schedule

Membership Fees

Dalplex: the collection of membership fees to Dalplex will commence September 1, 2020

We suspended all monthly membership and service payments as of April 1, 2020. The suspension of fees for locker rentals and towel services will remain in place until we are able to offer those services again.

We are still unable to allow anyone direct access to their locker. In order to properly clean and sanitize the locker rooms and lockers for use in the future, we need to empty them.

We are in the process of reaching out to arrange for pickup of the items currently in rental lockers. Current renters will be able to keep the same locker number when we are able to offer the service again.

Langille Athletic Centre: memberships will be reinstated starting September 1, 2020

 

Dalhousie Physiotherapy Clinic

The Dalhousie Physiotherapy Clinic is open for in-person appointments and continues to arrange virtual physiotherapy care. Please call 902-494-1502 or email ptclinic@dal.ca to schedule appointments.

Our Commitment to Everyone’s Health and Safety

Ensuring the health and safety of our members and staff is of the utmost importance to us. We are committed to a rigorous training program for our staff to ensure we meet and exceed the health and safety standards laid out by Public Health. This includes:

  • Developing Safe Work Procedures for staff
  • Reinforcing personal hygiene measures for members and staff including frequent hand washing while in the facilities
  • Health screening procedures for members and staff
  • Directional signage to ensure physical distancing
  • Personal protective equipment for staff
  • Additional cleaning and disinfecting procedures in between and during member appointment periods
  • Hand sanitizing stations

Updates

We are committed to keeping you up to date as we continue to navigate this unprecedented situation. We will be in touch again very soon to provide more information as we get closer to our opening dates.

We hope you are continuing to stay active and encourage you to follow our social media accounts for some tips to being healthy while practicing social distancing. You can also check our Free at Home Fitness Resources page with new workouts added Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

For more information related to Dalhousie University’s COVID-19 response visit dal.ca/coronavirus. For the latest information on COVID-19 from trusted sources, please visit the Public Health Agency of Canada and Nova Scotia Public Health websites.

Dalplex & Sexton Gym dalplexinfo@dal.ca

Langille Athletic Centre (Truro) rams@dal.ca