Updates and Protocols

COVId-19

COVID-19 Update (May 25, 2021):

In accordance with updates to Provincial Health orders, BPM will not offer indoor HIIT classes until restrictions are lifted. We are happy to provide outdoor mask-optional HIIT classes in the BPM parking lot and indoor (mask-mandatory) open access time slots in the interim. Outdoor classes are restricted to 10 participants who get a 120 sq/ft zone and plenty of fresh air. Indoor slots are restricted to 10 people with 120 sq/ft zones and plenty of open space. Personal Training and Semi-Private Training will continue as usual with an indoor mask-mandate and social distancing observed. Our studio will host a maximum of 16 people inside including participants, clients, Trainers, Instructors, and Staff on the floor, while other non-working staff members will be restricted to their office areas. This will ensure proper adherence to social distancing protocols. 

As we  continue to receive new information from the PHO, we will update this page and stay up-to-date on all health and safety protocols. We are cautiously optimistic, but in accordance with the new BC Restart Plan Step 3, we hope to be back to regular classes by earliest July 1st. 

BPM is committed to the health of our members and staff, so in coordination with the PHO and WorkSafeBC we encourage you to review our COVID19 Safe Operations Plan below before attending our 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
  • Please change into your workout clothes before arrive 
  • Please wear a mask inside at all times (non-optional)
  • Sanitize your hands upon entering and leaving the studio
  • Always keep 2.5 metres 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 120 sq/ft workout zone
  • Do not congregate inside or outside the studio before or after your workout
  • Have fun, be safe, and stay strong!

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 has 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.

Sanitation

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. Each workout zone contains sanitizer spray and wipes. Patrons also have access to additional 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.

Physical Distancing

BPM enforces a strict 2.5-metre (8.2 feet) social distancing policy among staff and patrons. In addition, masks are mandatory indoors at all times. Social distancing signage will be posted in common areas. Studio capacity will be reduced to 10 participants per open-access, 10 participants outside and only one staff member will be scheduled to work the front-desk at any given time. Only one patron will be permitted in reception at a time and only one will be allowed in the changeroom at any time. BPM will host a maximum of 16 people including participants, clients Trainers, Instructors, and Staff on the floor, while other non-working staff members will be restricted to their office areas. All patrons are required to arrive wearing a mask and changed for their workout, so they do not need to access changeroom facilities. Participants will be required to stay in their 120 sq/ft workout zone and remain at least 2.5 metres away from one another.

Physical Exertion

BPM has removed all indoor HIIT classes from our schedule to focus on outdoor classes and supervised open access time slots. In addition, our capacity has been reduced to 10 per time slot to reduce the risk of coming into contact with aerosolized water-droplets.

Sick Policy

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.

Vulnerable Populations

If you are immunocompromised or identify 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.

Mental Health

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. Remember, we are all in this together and will weather this temporary storm together.

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