City of Toronto has released its COVID-19 guidelines for commercial and residential buildings, which includes a recommendation to implement a scheduling system for use of available amenities.
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Last updated: January 10, 2022 at 9:41 p.m.
Accessing indoor and outdoor building amenities
(e.g. gyms, pools, party rooms, communal gardens, barbeque/picnic areas)
- Toronto Public Health strongly recommends that all condominiums close non-essential common areas such as gyms, pools, spas (whirlpool, hot tubs), playrooms and other high-traffic areas.
- Note: The requirements for facilities for sports and recreational fitness activities in Reg. 263/20 do not apply in condominiums that are not public settings and are intended for private use (i.e., for people who reside in the condominium). These facilities will continue to be subject to the capacity limits for organized public events and social gatherings in O. Reg. 263/20 . In addition to any regulatory requirements, condominium corporations can enact additional safety measures and restrictions to meet the health and safety goals specific to their facility.
- Operators must ensure any indoor fitness centres or other indoor recreational facilities such as pools and other aquatic amenities operate in compliance with Reg. 263/20 . See Guidance for Indoor & Outdoor Sports & Recreational Fitness Facilities for more information.
- Implement a scheduling system for use of available amenities, as appropriate:
- Schedule access through use of designated timeslots.
- Allow extra time between usage for cleaning and disinfecting of high-touch surfaces and equipment (e.g. barbeque equipment).
- Use floor markings, pylons, or signs to encourage staff/residents/guests to maintain physical distancing while using amenities.
- Designate and clearly mark specific, separate entrances and exits for staff, tenants and guests as appropriate, and only permit entry and exit through these doors.
- Keep doors and windows open, where possible, to minimize the touching of door handles and increase ventilation, while maintaining the appropriate security.
For the entire guideline related to commercial and residential buildings, see here.