On Friday, July 24, 2020, the Province of Nova Scotia announced that masks would be mandatory beginning on July 31, 2020.
Specific to our facility, the NS Government states that: “Places for sports and recreational activities such as a gym, pool, or indoor tennis facility, except during an activity where a mask cannot be worn.”
What will this mean for our Members?
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Will I be required to wear a mask when coming to the Y?
Yes, a mask will be required when;
· entering our facilities
· at our Membership Services Desk
· moving throughout the Y facilities
· moving from one workout station to the next
· while in the common locker room area
· when on the pool deck
· when not working out!
2. Do I have to wear a mask when I am working out?
No, masks are not required when working out, including the following activities:
· Group Fitness classes
· Weight Training
· When in the Pool
3. Will the Y provide masks to members?
You are expected to bring your mask. If you don’t have one, we will have disposable masks available for purchase at the Membership Services Desk. Cost $2
4. Does wearing a mask mean we don’t have to maintain physical
No, a mask is an additional measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, physical distancing and proper handwashing remain important.
5. What if I can’t wear a mask? Will I be allowed to go to the Y?
From the NS Medical Officer of Health:
• There are very few valid medical reasons not to wear a mask. The Canadian Thoracic Society states that no evidence wearing a mask worsens a chronic lung condition such as asthma or COPD.
• For some people with chronic breathing conditions or mental health conditions, wearing a mask can create anxiety. However, there are ways to overcome anxiety, such as practicing wearing a mask for short periods at home.
• Some people with cognitive or developmental disabilities are unable to wear a mask.
• Other than children under two and people with a valid medical reason for not wearing a mask, there is no health hazard associated with wearing one. Medical professionals and others wear masks all day, every day. There is no reason why the majority of Nova Scotians can’t wear one for shorter periods of time.
If you legitimately cannot wear a mask for medical reasons, we will not bar you from the Y. Still, you will be required to take extraordinary measures to avoid others: stay home if you feel unwell, wash or sanitize your hands often, use proper cough and sneeze etiquette, physically distance as much as possible, avoid touching your face, mouth, nose, and eyes, limit the number of people you get together with, and clean high-touch surfaces and objects frequently. We would also urge you to attend in off-peak times.
Thank you for complying with the Government of Nova Scotia’s mask guidelines. For more information on the mandatory mask requirement, visit: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200724004.