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AHS Update – March 1, 2021

Per AHS’s recent announcement, we are now in Step 2 of The Path Forward. For our sport, that means we stay the course as usual. Follow our previous guidelines and updates (Feb 12, 2021 post) for distancing and numbers of athletes that are allowed outdoor (max of 10) and indoor (max of 2, excepting households). Keep up with the daily checklists and submit them using our Jotform or emailing them to [email protected]. Stay diligent and safe. If we keep consistent with our efforts, we will help move the steps forward.

Per AHS’s website:

  • Mandatory restrictions – Provincewide – Revised March 1

    Team sports are not permitted

    • No sports games, competitions, team practice or league play of any kind is allowed.

    Individual and group fitness activities are permitted, with restrictions

    • All indoor fitness must be must be scheduled or by appointment – no drop-ins allowed.
    • Low intensity individual and group exercises are now allowed without a trainer.
      • Low intensity fitness includes activities not focused specifically on cardio, that have a low depth and rate of respiration.
      • Examples include: barre, pilates, stretching, tai-chi, low intensity yoga (e.g. hatha, yin), light weightlifting, indoor rock climbing.
    • High intensity activities are permitted for one-on-one or one-on-one household training only, with a trainer.
      • High intensity fitness is often focused on cardiovascular activities that have a high depth and rate of respiration.
      • Examples include: bodybuilding/heavy weightlifting, aerobics, rowing, Zumba, bootcamp, circuit training, cross fit, dance fitness, high intensity interval training, kickboxing, spin, power yoga, swimming etc.
    • Gym, studio, and fitness centre operators should use their best judgement in identifying what category their group exercise classes fall into based on these examples.

    Safety requirements:

    • One-on-one sessions cannot interact with others and there must be a minimum of 3 metres distance between pairs of trainers and clients (aka sessions) in the same facility.
    • Trainers must be professional, certified and/or paid trainers who are providing active instruction and correction. Passive supervision of a physical activity is not considered training.
    • Trainers must remain masked during the session. Clients are not required to wear a mask while doing high intensity exercise.
    • Regardless of the type or intensity of exercise, trainers and clients must be separated by 3 metres at all times.
    • More than one trainer and client ‘pair’ are allowed into the facility, studio, rink, court, pool, ice surface, etc. with restrictions:
      • Each trainer and client pair must stay 3 metres away from all other trainers and clients at all times, including in entryways and exits.
      • Each trainer can only interact with their assigned client, and each client can only interact with their assigned trainer.
      • No interaction between clients or between trainers is allowed.
      • No ‘cycling through’ multiple trainers as in circuit training.
  • Mandatory restriction – Provincewide – Revised Feb. 8

    Group activities

    Adult group physical activities, including team sports, fitness classes and training sessions, are prohibited or restricted across Alberta. See guidance for outdoor winter recreation.

    • Outdoor team sports and group activities where 2 metre distancing cannot be maintained at all times are prohibited (shinny, tag and pick-up hockey are prohibited).
    • Outdoor group physical activity must be limited to 10 people or fewer.
      • Keeping the activity to members of the same household is strongly recommended.
      • Members of different households must maintain 2 metre distancing at all times.
    • Outdoor recreation amenities can be open to public access unless specifically closed by public health order.
      • This includes outdoor skating rinks, sledding hills and Nordic ski areas.
      • More than 10 people may use an outdoor recreation amenity at the same time (for example, public access to a local rink) as long as physical distancing is maintained between households.

    One-on-one training

    • One-on-one training with a fitness trainer or coach is allowed, with restrictions.
    • See the Indoor fitness section for more information on one-on-one training.