Updates and Protocols
COVID-19 Update (October 15, 2020):
Island Health has rescinded the gym-closure order effective May 19th. This means BPM will resume operations slowly starting with Personal Training, then a gradual return of classes at both studios. BPM is committed to the health of our members and staff, so in coordination with Island Health and WorkSafeBC we will be adjusting class sizes and times to minimize risk. We encourage you to review our COVID19 Safe Operations Plan also found below before attending either studio. Please adhere to all posted signs and protocols including the following:
- Do not enter the studios if you are sick, experiencing symptoms of covid-19, or have been in regular contact with a sick person
- One (1) patron in the reception at a time, please wait outside until directed
- One (1) patron in the changerooms at a time, please wait your turn
- Please wear a mask while entering the studios until you are at your workout zone and while exiting the studios
- Sanitize your hands upon entering the studios
- Always keep 6+ feet away from other people
- Sanitize any points of contact, touch points, and equipment after use with designated disinfecting wipes or spray/wipes
- Stay in your workout zone until otherwise directed
- Be kind to one another. United, we are stronger.
The following COVID-19 Safe Operations Plan is in place to protect the health and wellbeing of our patrons and staff while continuing to serve our community’s fitness needs. The following Plan was developed in accordance with WorkSafe BC’s “Guide to Reducing the Risk of COVID-19” and is subject to revision as more information becomes available.
Workplace Risk Assessment
BPM studios have several common spaces, and touch points, where the risk of transmission could be introduced. These areas include common surfaces such as the front desk reception area, seating areas, and washrooms. Touch points including door handles, walls, light switches doorways, lockers, computer and keyboard/mouse, as well as fitness equipment. To avoid contamination, please be aware of this risk.
BPM Staff will continue to rigorously sanitize all common surfaces and touch points to prevent contamination. We also ask that our patrons sanitize anything they touch especially fitness equipment. We will provide patrons with disinfecting wipes, disinfecting spray, hand sanitizer, and hand washing areas (washrooms). Equipment will not be shared unless thoroughly sanitized first. BPM will also post signage reminding everyone to wash their hands and wipe down all surfaces after contact. Upon entering a studio, patrons will be required to sanitize their hands at the front desk.
Staff Measures to Reduce the Risk
To reduce the risk of COVID-19 in our studios, BPM staff will uphold a rigorous regime of sanitation on all common surfaces and touch points. In addition, BPM will prioritize safety, training, and support for staff to protect against the spread of COVID-19. Staff will be supported with ongoing dialogue and problem solving to minimize the risk and impact to patrons. A new staff policy around proper workplace sanitation practices, in addition to a sick policy, will be enforced. If staff are sick, feeling ill, or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 they will be asked to stay home and self-isolate for 14-days when applicable. Upon returning from any International travel, staff will also be asked to self-isolate for 14-days.
BPM enforces a 2-meter (6-foot) social distancing policy among staff and patrons. Where distance cannot be maintained, a plexiglass barrier or mask will be provided, such as at the front desk. Where a barrier is not possible, staff will be provided masks, such as with personal training. Social distancing signage will be posted in common areas. Studio capacity will be reduced to 50% of regular capacity and only one staff member will be scheduled to work the front-desk at any given time to promote spacing. Only one patron will be permitted in reception at a time and only one will be allowed in the changeroom at any time. All patrons are strongly advised to arrive wearing a mask and changed for their workout, so they do not need to access changeroom facilities. Showers will be closed at this time. Class participants will be required to stay in their own workout zone and remain at least 6-feet away from one another.
All patrons or staff who are sick, feeling ill, or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 are asked not to enter BPM studios and self-isolate for 14-days to stop the spread of the virus. If you think you may have COVID-19 we encourage you to call 8-1-1. Anyone returning from International travel will be asked to stay home and self-isolate for 14-days. If staff are sick, ill, or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (including but not limited to sore throat, sneezing, coughing, fever, headache, and loss of taste) they will be required to notify BPM Management immediately and go home. If a patron contracts COVID-19 after visiting a BPM studio, we ask that they notify BPM Management immediately so we can perform contact tracing with the health authorities.
If you or someone you spend time with identifies as a vulnerable population, BPM asks that you please stay home. To protect our vulnerable, we must reduce the risk of contamination at all costs. BPM Management is happy to discuss any issues or concerns regarding this.
BPM understands the adverse affects COVID-19 may have on your mental health. We believe mental health is just as important as physical health, which is why we are here to support you any way we can. Whether for a workout or just a chat, we are here for you.