Information current

August 6, 2020

We're in Phase 3 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions. Watch the latest video update.

For non-medical questions, email covid19info@gov.yk.ca or phone 1-877-374-0425.

For medical questions or if you feel ill, phone 811, or launch the COVID-19 self-assessment tool.

Public recreational centre guidelines: COVID-19

Please ensure that you've read and incorporated the 6 steps to staying safe into your planning as recommended by the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

The 6 steps

  • Maintain physical distancing – keep 2 metres (6 feet) away from everyone who is not a member of your bubble.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Stay home if you’re feeling sick.
  • Do not gather in groups of more than 10 people indoors or 50 outdoors, and remember to keep 2 metres (6 feet) apart.
  • Limit travel to rural communities, and be respectful when you’re there.
  • Self-isolate if you’ve just returned to Yukon from anywhere other than British Columbia, Nunavut and Northwest Territories, or if you’ve been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19.

Operational plans

All public recreation centres must submit an operational plan and receive approval before opening to the public.

Definition of recreational centres

Public indoor facilities designed for shared recreational uses

These types of settings could include indoor sports, recreation rooms, running tracks, swimming pools, curling and ice rinks, etc.

Not included are gyms or fitness studios. Please see the guidance for fitness studios and gyms. This should be used in addition to this guidance for fitness studios or gyms located within recreation centres.

For guidance on individual sport and recreation activities that may take place inside the recreation centre, read the sport and recreation guidelines.

General public health measures
  • Take all reasonable steps to ensure physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) between users and/or employees.
  • You may have to limit occupancy or class sizes to maintain proper spacing.
  • Ensure enhanced cleaning and disinfection of shared areas and surfaces.
  • Ensure hand-washing stations or hand sanitizing products are available and accessible to all employees and users.
  • Hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol content is highly recommended at entrances, exits, and throughout the facility.

Self-assessment

Place a poster at the entrance asking staff and users to do a self-assessment at check-in. This helps ensure that people are not entering who are experiencing:

  • cough;
  • fever;
  • shortness of breath; or
  • who feel unwell.

It also stops people who've travelled outside Yukon, British Columbia, Northwest Territories or Nunavut in the last 14 days, or been in contact with someone in the last 14 days who is infected with COVID-19.

Physical distancing

The number of patrons allowed into the facility at one time should be limited to:

  • ensure there is sufficient space to allow patrons to remain 2 metres (6 feet) apart, which is equivalent to 5 square metres (24 square feet) per person;
  • prevent congregating; and
  • allow staff time to clean and disinfect equipment and other surfaces frequently.

Control flow of people

  • Place markers every 2 metres (6 feet) where applicable to provide users with visible cues that encourage physical distancing.
  • Consider directing traffic within the facility with one-way flow, where possible, using floor markers or stickers.
  • Minimize congestion in the facility by managing flow of users, including the entrance.
  • Users should be encouraged to conduct their workouts and exit the facility without unnecessary delays.
Cleaning and disinfecting
  • Schedule time to allow for appropriate cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Put additional janitorial support in place for cleaning of shower facilities, bathrooms, etc., which should be cleaned after periods of heavy use, for example after morning and evening rushes.
  • Staff should be well-educated on how to use cleaning agents and disinfectants, required contact times, safety practices and required use of personal protective equipment.
  • Verify that the disinfectants used are effective against SARS-CoV-2 (virus that causes COVID-19). Refer to Health Canada’s guidelines on hard-surface disinfectants for use against coronavirus.
  • Use gloves when conducting environmental cleaning and disinfecting. If disposable gloves are not available, the next best option is reusable gloves reserved for that purpose.
  • Reusable gloves must be cleaned and disinfected after each use.
  • No matter what type of glove is used, staff should wash their hands for 20 seconds before and after using gloves.
  • Commonly touched surfaces and shared equipment should be cleaned and disinfected every hour by staff, even when not visibly soiled. This includes door handles, light switches, floors, etc.
  • Document and display the cleaning schedule and the last time cleaning took place for all spaces that require disinfecting.
  • Non-touch water bottle filling stations are ideal and preferred over water fountains.
  • If water fountains are used, consider having users fill water bottles rather than having them drink directly from the mouthpiece. They should avoid touching the mouth of the water bottle to the fountain mouthpiece.
  • Fountains and filling stations should be appropriately and frequently sanitized.
  • Washrooms are required to have hand-washing sinks with cold and hot running water, paper towels and liquid hand soap in dispensers.
  • Ensure employees and customers have easy access to hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and/or hand-washing stations and no-touch disposal receptacles.
  • Users and employees should be using hand-washing stations or hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting.
Sports fields, courts and ice rinks
  • See sport and recreation guidance for updated recommendations on permitted activities.
  • Contact sports are not allowed at this time.
  • Drills and gameplay which allow physical distancing to be maintained, such as racquet sports, are permitted.
  • Staff should disinfect high-touch areas frequently, other surfaces such as sideboards, posts and hardwood floors, should be cleaned routinely.
Sports equipment
  • Encourage customers to bring their own personal equipment where possible, such as racquets, to limit sharing of equipment.
  • Sharing of balls, disks, pads, jerseys, footwear, etc. should be kept to a minimum. Ideally, individuals and groups or teams should bring their own equipment.
  • Equipment should not be shared between multiple groups unless it can be properly disinfected between uses.
  • Nets can be shared, but facility staff should be disinfected nets every time they're installed or removed.
  • Equipment should be spaced at least 2 metres (6 feet) apart or barriers should be erected between equipment.
  • If removal of equipment or erection of barriers is not possible, equipment closer than 2 metres (6 feet) apart should be closed to use.
  • Provide users with disinfectant wipes or disinfectant in a spray bottle with paper towels for disinfecting equipment and surfaces. See Health Canada’s guidelines on hard-surface disinfectants for use against coronavirus.
  • Establish and post clear policies requiring users to wipe down equipment before and after every use.
  • Provide adequate supplies and garbage bins for disposing used materials.
  • Instruct users that they must allow equipment surfaces to air dry naturally before using.
  • Include all equipment in the operational plan.
  • Gym equipment in regular use should be wiped down every hour by staff and documented. This is on top of users disinfecting between use.
Change rooms
  • Locker use should allow for 2 metres (6 feet) physical distancing at all times.
  • High-touch surfaces such as handles and door knobs should be cleaned and sanitized regularly.
  • Showers and shower curtains or doors require disinfection at least every 4 hours and after periods of high use.
  • Spray or wipes should be available for patrons to use before and after showering.
  • Air hand dryers should not be used for the time being due to droplet spread.
  • Paper towels should be available with no-touch disposal receptacles.
Pools and hot tubs

Public pools and hot tubs can be open as long as they follow the guidelines for reopening public pools.

Saunas and steam rooms

Remain closed at this time.

Indoor running tracks
  • Indoor tracks may operate if users can safely pass while maintaining physical distancing.
  • Consider closing some lanes to facilitate passing.
  • If physical distance cannot be maintained, indoor running tracks should remain closed.

  • Take all reasonable steps to ensure physical distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) between users and/or employees.
  • You may have to limit occupancy or class sizes to maintain proper spacing.
  • Ensure enhanced cleaning and disinfection of shared areas and surfaces.
  • Ensure hand-washing stations or hand sanitizing products are available and accessible to all employees and users.
  • Hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol content is highly recommended at entrances, exits, and throughout the facility.

Self-assessment

Place a poster at the entrance asking staff and users to do a self-assessment at check-in. This helps ensure that people are not entering who are experiencing:

  • cough;
  • fever;
  • shortness of breath; or
  • who feel unwell.

It also stops people who've travelled outside Yukon, British Columbia, Northwest Territories or Nunavut in the last 14 days, or been in contact with someone in the last 14 days who is infected with COVID-19.

The number of patrons allowed into the facility at one time should be limited to:

  • ensure there is sufficient space to allow patrons to remain 2 metres (6 feet) apart, which is equivalent to 5 square metres (24 square feet) per person;
  • prevent congregating; and
  • allow staff time to clean and disinfect equipment and other surfaces frequently.

Control flow of people

  • Place markers every 2 metres (6 feet) where applicable to provide users with visible cues that encourage physical distancing.
  • Consider directing traffic within the facility with one-way flow, where possible, using floor markers or stickers.
  • Minimize congestion in the facility by managing flow of users, including the entrance.
  • Users should be encouraged to conduct their workouts and exit the facility without unnecessary delays.

  • Schedule time to allow for appropriate cleaning and disinfecting.
  • Put additional janitorial support in place for cleaning of shower facilities, bathrooms, etc., which should be cleaned after periods of heavy use, for example after morning and evening rushes.
  • Staff should be well-educated on how to use cleaning agents and disinfectants, required contact times, safety practices and required use of personal protective equipment.
  • Verify that the disinfectants used are effective against SARS-CoV-2 (virus that causes COVID-19). Refer to Health Canada’s guidelines on hard-surface disinfectants for use against coronavirus.
  • Use gloves when conducting environmental cleaning and disinfecting. If disposable gloves are not available, the next best option is reusable gloves reserved for that purpose.
  • Reusable gloves must be cleaned and disinfected after each use.
  • No matter what type of glove is used, staff should wash their hands for 20 seconds before and after using gloves.
  • Commonly touched surfaces and shared equipment should be cleaned and disinfected every hour by staff, even when not visibly soiled. This includes door handles, light switches, floors, etc.
  • Document and display the cleaning schedule and the last time cleaning took place for all spaces that require disinfecting.
  • Non-touch water bottle filling stations are ideal and preferred over water fountains.
  • If water fountains are used, consider having users fill water bottles rather than having them drink directly from the mouthpiece. They should avoid touching the mouth of the water bottle to the fountain mouthpiece.
  • Fountains and filling stations should be appropriately and frequently sanitized.
  • Washrooms are required to have hand-washing sinks with cold and hot running water, paper towels and liquid hand soap in dispensers.
  • Ensure employees and customers have easy access to hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol and/or hand-washing stations and no-touch disposal receptacles.
  • Users and employees should be using hand-washing stations or hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting.

  • See sport and recreation guidance for updated recommendations on permitted activities.
  • Contact sports are not allowed at this time.
  • Drills and gameplay which allow physical distancing to be maintained, such as racquet sports, are permitted.
  • Staff should disinfect high-touch areas frequently, other surfaces such as sideboards, posts and hardwood floors, should be cleaned routinely.

  • Encourage customers to bring their own personal equipment where possible, such as racquets, to limit sharing of equipment.
  • Sharing of balls, disks, pads, jerseys, footwear, etc. should be kept to a minimum. Ideally, individuals and groups or teams should bring their own equipment.
  • Equipment should not be shared between multiple groups unless it can be properly disinfected between uses.
  • Nets can be shared, but facility staff should be disinfected nets every time they're installed or removed.
  • Equipment should be spaced at least 2 metres (6 feet) apart or barriers should be erected between equipment.
  • If removal of equipment or erection of barriers is not possible, equipment closer than 2 metres (6 feet) apart should be closed to use.
  • Provide users with disinfectant wipes or disinfectant in a spray bottle with paper towels for disinfecting equipment and surfaces. See Health Canada’s guidelines on hard-surface disinfectants for use against coronavirus.
  • Establish and post clear policies requiring users to wipe down equipment before and after every use.
  • Provide adequate supplies and garbage bins for disposing used materials.
  • Instruct users that they must allow equipment surfaces to air dry naturally before using.
  • Include all equipment in the operational plan.
  • Gym equipment in regular use should be wiped down every hour by staff and documented. This is on top of users disinfecting between use.

  • Locker use should allow for 2 metres (6 feet) physical distancing at all times.
  • High-touch surfaces such as handles and door knobs should be cleaned and sanitized regularly.
  • Showers and shower curtains or doors require disinfection at least every 4 hours and after periods of high use.
  • Spray or wipes should be available for patrons to use before and after showering.
  • Air hand dryers should not be used for the time being due to droplet spread.
  • Paper towels should be available with no-touch disposal receptacles.

Public pools and hot tubs can be open as long as they follow the guidelines for reopening public pools.

Remain closed at this time.

  • Indoor tracks may operate if users can safely pass while maintaining physical distancing.
  • Consider closing some lanes to facilitate passing.
  • If physical distance cannot be maintained, indoor running tracks should remain closed.