MWSA RE-OPENING FAQs
The Mill Woods Seniors Association is set to reopen September 14, 2020 with new procedures and safety precautions.
Q: Do I have to wear a mask to come to MWSA?
A: Yes. Effective August 1st, 2020, the City of Edmonton has made masks or face coverings mandatory in indoor public spaces and public vehicles. Participants, instructors, members, staff and volunteers will be required to wear a mask while in the facility. If you are not able to wear a mask, we kindly ask that you stay home and participate in our online programming.
Q: Do I have to keep my mask on during physical fitness programs?
A: No, once you have entered the program room for your fitness class, you will not need to wear the mask during your activity. However, you will be expected to wear it before and after. MWSA can provide disposable masks to members and volunteers, but we encourage you to bring your own.
Q: What is MWSA doing for preventative measures?
A: We have a shared responsibility to keep our common areas safe. The Board of Directors has also approved MWSA Policy OH-7.
- Frequent cleaning of high touch surfaces and equipment between programs
- Increased public sanitizer and wipes; plastic shields at the Front Desk and Cafe counters
- Limited capacities in program rooms, and appointment-based meetings only, i.e no drop-ins
- Office hours have been adjusted to allow time for sanitation and preparation between programs
- Building signage for physical distancing, new occupancy limits, and new hygiene protocols
- Floor markings for traffic flow, physical distancing, and alternate exits
- Employees and volunteers will receive daily health and temperature checks. Self-isolation will be required if any staff/volunteer has been travelling, exhibiting symptoms, or has been exposed to someone exhibiting symptoms.
Q: What you can do to keep yourself and others safe?
A: Participants will be required to follow the following new procedures:
- Arrive only 5-10 minutes before the start of the program to limit traffic and congestion. Participants may have to wait outside the building, if there are too many people arriving at the same time or too early.
- Bring your own mats and exercise equipment, and filled water bottles. The fountains will be temporarily off limits.
- Come to the Centre with appropriate clothing and footwear. Changing at the facility is strongly discouraged.
- At this time, the Centre will only open to participants who are attending programs or volunteering, i.e no drop-ins. We ask participants to leave shortly after their program/volunteer shift ends. If you would like to socialize, please do so outside the building, with social distancing, of course.
- Spend a few minutes at the beginning and at the end of your program to sanitize your hands and surfaces. Frequent hand washing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infection.
Q: Will the café area be open for people to sit and visit?
A: At this time, the café will not be open for socializing and dine-in service.
Q: What will MWSA do if someone tests positive for COVID-19 at the Centre?
A: We will comply with all the requirements and regulations set by Alberta Health Services and City of Edmonton COVID Rapid Response plan, followed by increased cleaning and disinfection within the Centre.
Q: What's new for program registration for COVID-19?
A: All participants will need to pre-register for their programs and classes. At this time, there will not be any drop-in options.
For your safety and convenience, we request members to register for programs online, by using My Active Center
(www.myactivecenter.com). You must be an MWSA member to use this service.
Q: I am a member at another seniors centre. Can I participate in your programs?
A: Yes, MWSA is a member of the Reciprocal Seniors Centre program, and we are happy to have other members participate in our programs. Please call 780-496-2997 to register.
Q: Why are the classes only 4-week sessions?
A: This is the first phase of re-opening, and shorter sessions will make managing people and classes easier during COVID-19.
Q: Are you still accepting memberships for MWSA?
A: Yes, this is one way you can continue to support MWSA. You can now apply for an MWSA membership online, www.mwsac.ca/membership
Q: What is a cohort?
A: COVID-19 cohort – also known as bubbles, circles, or safe squads – are small groups of the same people who can interact regularly without staying 2 metres apart. A person in a cohort should have little to no close contact with people outside of the cohort. Keeping the same people together, rather than mixing and mingling, helps reduce the chance of getting sick, and makes it easier to track exposure if someone does get sick. You should only belong to one core cohort. It is safest limit the number of other cohorts you belong to reduce the risk of getting sick or spreading COVID-19.
Guidance for Cohorts (PDF, 378 KB)
Entering the Centre
1. Due to COVID 19 protocols, MWSA members will only be permitted access to the Centre if they are here for one of the following purposes:
a. Registered for a program
b. Have an appointment
2. Participants who are sick or experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms are asked to stay home. MWSA will refuse entry to protect the safety and well-being of members, staff and volunteers.
3. Participants are required to wear a mask upon entry. Masks and face coverings are mandatory with the City of Edmonton bylaw. Masks made by MWSA Sewing Club will be available for purchase at $5 each, with a variety of patterns and colors to choose from.
4. Members will enter through the Main Entrance doors, and go through the Check-In Station with the assigned volunteers:
a. To take your temperature
b. Complete the Alberta Health Services COVID-19 Screening Tool (This is required only if the temperature is above 38°C, not for
c. To take class attendance
5. Do not arrive more than 10 minutes prior to your class/shift. This allows us to control the flow of traffic for physical distancing
6. Please come dressed appropriately for your class with the proper footwear. Lockers will not be available, so leave all your valuables at home.
7. Please bring bottled water, as the water fountains will be temporarily closed.
Participating in MWSA Programs
1. During the activity, participants do not have to wear a mask, but we ask that you keep it on until class starts and put it back on once the class is finished.
2. Physical distancing protocols and signage will be in place. The floor will be marked for participants to ensure everyone maintains the required 2-metre distance.
3. Washrooms will be available for use, with a maximum of two people at a time.
4. The coatroom will be closed, but coat hangers and boot racks will be provided for your convenience.
5. Please remember to wash or sanitize your hands before and after handling any exercise equipment.
6. To protect your health and safety, we are encouraging our program participants to form cohorts, i.e., staying in the same class/team group of people. For the same reason we are not accepting drop-ins for any of our programming.
1. To allow for physical distancing, there will be new exit options. Signage and directional arrows will be placed around the Centre.
MWSA staff and volunteers will also help direct traffic flow.
2. Participants taking classes in the gym will exit out the WEST Exit (back staircase), unless the elevator is needed.
3. Classes/Clubs in program rooms 225, 229 and 231 will leave from the EAST Exit (front staff staircase), unless the elevator is needed, exits will be clearly marked.
4. All members will be required to exit the building promptly after their classes/clubs. Socializing will have to be done outside the Centre, with the proper physical distancing. We will need the extra time to clean and disinfect surfaces and equipment, between classes for everyone’s safety and well-being.