Know before you go: wellness centres
Updates and notices
February 11, 2021
The Government of Alberta announced limited changes to their restrictions, effective February 8. Some indoor recreation facilities will re-open with restricted access to approved user groups beginning Tuesday, February 16. Learn more here:
OUTDOOR activities and VIRTUAL programs available:
- Virtual programs – register today
- Outdoor cross country ski lessons – register today (Note: private group bookings not available)
- Cross-country skiing at Strathcona Wilderness Centre and Broadmoor Public Golf Course (Note: all indoor amenities CLOSED with exception of washrooms)
- Snowshoeing, walking trails, parks, playgrounds, toboggan hills and off-leash dog parks
- FREE recreation opportunities
As per the provincial guidelines in place, the wellness centre at Millennium Place is open for restricted access only, for 1:1 training with a Strathcona County fitness trainer or an approved external trainer. To visit the wellness centre, sessions must be pre-booked and pre-paid by calling 780-416-3300.
For more information on booking with a Strathcona County fitness trainer, you can also email: email@example.com
- Stay home if you are sick, wash or sanitize your hands and follow all Alberta Health Services guidelines for physical distancing and gathering restrictions.
- Arrive a maximum of 10 minutes before your pre-booked activity time slot / any time during your time slot.
- Leave at the end of your time slot to allow staff to disinfect and clean the area before the next time slot.
- Guests must now wear their mask or face covering while in all common areas of the wellness centre and during low intensity activities. Guests are able to remove their mask or face covering while actively engaged in high intensity physical activity. The intensity level of an activity is determined at the discretion of each guest, based on their personal health and fitness level. If you choose to remove your mask during your high intensity exercise, you must put your mask back on after you finish your activity at that station.
- Come dressed to participate and leave excess items at home. Wallet lockers and washrooms are available. Changerooms and lockers are available in the wellness centres however, there are limited lockers available to comply with COVID-19 safety measures and showers will remain closed.
- Bring a pre-filled, labelled water bottle. Bottle fillers are available but drinking fountains are not available.
- Where possible, equipment has been moved to ensure 3 meter distance (cardio) and a 2 meter distance (weights) can be maintained. Signs have been placed closing alternate machines where moving the equipment was not possible.
- Portable / personal fans will be turned off to prevent the spread of droplets and particulates.
- Free weights will be available.
- Equipment made of porous materials such as rope or foam will not be available.
- Non-stationary equipment such as balls, mats and resistance bands will not be available. Guests are permitted to bring any small portable equipment such as mats or bands that they require for their workout.
- Small groups are permitted to form cohorts for the purpose of spotting. The size of the cohort is limited to 3. Staff will not spot guests.
- Sanitizing wipes will continue to be available for guest to use in fitness centres. Guests are asked to wipe equipment before and after every use.
Updated mask guidelines in wellness centres
1. What are the new wellness centre mask guidelines in place? (As of February 16, 2021)Permanent link to What are the new wellness centre mask guidelines in place? (As of February 16, 2021)
Keep your mask on:
- When moving around the wellness centre. Examples: going to a different piece of equipment, returning equipment and getting disinfecting wipes or hand sanitizer.
- In any open space that is not a designated personal exercise zone, including washrooms and change rooms. Designated personal exercise zones are marked in red tape.
You may remove your mask:
When in a designated personal exercise zone marked in red tape.
Thank you for your cooperation. Guests who do not follow these guidelines may be asked to leave the wellness centre.
2. How can I put on, and take off my mask safely in the wellness centre?Permanent link to How can I put on, and take off my mask safely in the wellness centre?
Watch this video for tips from Dr. Deena Hinshaw to learn how to properly put on, and take off your mask. Wash or sanitize your hands before putting on your mask, hand sanitizer is available in all of our wellness centres or you can bring your own. We also recommend bringing a clean, resealable bag to safely place your mask while you are engaging in high intensity physical activity.
3. Do mask exemptions apply in the wellness centre?Permanent link to Do mask exemptions apply in the wellness centre?
Yes. Individuals who are exempt from wearing a mask or face covering due to underlying medical conditions or the inability to put on/take off a mask without assistance continue to apply in the wellness centres. Guests are reminded to maintain a physical distance of 2 metres (6 feet) from anyone outside of their household at all times in Strathcona County’s recreation facilities. We all adjust to change differently. Let’s all be kind, gracious and patient. If you have concerns about your safety, please speak to one of our staff.