We want to provide you with an update regarding our health and safety policies at OSCA.
As of March 21, 2022, provincial mask mandates were lifted in Ontario. However, our existing COVID health and safety policies will remain in place for the time being, an option that the provincial government allows organizations like OSCA to exercise at their discretion. A number of organizations like OSCA running recreational programs in Ottawa have chosen to follow this approach as well. We will continue to monitor changes and review our policy throughout the spring and will provide updates on any changes on this page.
Our entry requirements:
- Masks are worn during indoor classes by participants 2.5 years and older. The fitness centre and some active programs are exempt as distancing measures are in place for these activities. For these, masks must be worn when not actively participating.
- Full vaccinations with QR code are required for all those born before or in 2016, and for those born in 2017, 12 weeks after their fifth birthday.
- All clients are asked to passively screen for health symptoms upon arrival for their program. The screening criteria are posted at the entry vestibule and are available here.
- We continue to encourage social distancing during all programs.
As in the past, and to provide you with additional protection, all our staff are fully vaccinated, wear medical masks at all times in the community centre; and regularly self-test for COVID using a rapid antigen test provided by the Red Cross. We have also assessed the ventilation within the building.
Why are we keeping our COVID measures?
Here at OSCA, we are committed to providing an environment that is as safe and inclusive as possible. We are continuing with our existing health and safety measures because:
- OSCA serves many seniors, people with disabilities and those under five years old who cannot be vaccinated, all of whom are vulnerable populations.
- Most of OSCA’s current programming is indoors where the risk of transmission is still high.
- We understand members of our community are also making a conscious effort to be safe, and expect OSCA to be following prudent and cautious approaches to managing the risks of COVID 19 at the Firehall.
- Program participants have registered for spring and some summer programs on the understanding that they (and other program participants) would be required to adhere to certain pandemic protocols; to change these protocols “mid-stride” could cause concern.
For the time being, the capacity of our programs will remain lower than room sizes normally allow and we will continue to follow remaining public health measures and policies maintained by the province: e.g. asking you to stay home when sick, and exercising proper hand hygiene. We are also ensuring that increased cleaning protocols will continue to be in place at the Firehall. Just like everyone else, OSCA is eager to return to life before COVID, but in the meantime, we continue to appreciate your support and cooperation as we navigate the best way forward to managing the risk of COVID transmission at the Firehall.