On October 9, 2020, the Ontario Government announced that effective 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2020, Toronto, Peel Region and Ottawa would move into a modified version of Stage 2.
On October 16, 2020, the Ontario Government announced that effective 12:01 a.m. on Monday, October 19, York Region would move into a modified version of Stage 2.
These restrictions close gyms and fitness facilities in these areas for at least 28 days, among other restrictions.
What this means for kinesiologists
The Ministry of Health has clarified that these restrictions only apply if a kinesiologist owns/operates or works at a facility for indoor sports and indoor recreational fitness activities. If a kinesiologist owns such a facility and wishes to use the space for one client at a time (i.e. no indoor group classes or multiple clients at time), this is permissible so long as the College’s guidance is followed.
During these 28 day periods and if you are impacted by these shut downs, you are permitted to provide services virtually or outdoors (weather permitting).
The College’s role
We recognize that these closures are affecting the livelihoods of some kinesiologists in these regions. The sacrifices you are making today are helping to stop the spread of COVID-19 and preserve the healthcare system.
The College cannot intervene in or influence decisions of which sectors can and cannot stay open because this would be seen as advocating for the interests of the profession. Legally we cannot do this. We can clarify what these closures mean and respond with appropriate direction and guidance.
We understand that this is a challenging time, and that guidance is changing quickly. We appreciate your patience as we interpret this guidance and your commitment to providing safe care to your patients/clients.