Effective July 1, 2021, the Richmond Olympic Oval is requiring that all individuals that are able to wear a face mask must do so while inside the facility. While taking part in physical activities such as a fitness class, or playing a sport, masks are optional but recommended, and a mask must be worn when entering, exiting and moving around the building.
This guideline offers an added measure of safety in an effort to continue to enhance and protect the safety and well-being of the community.
FACE MASK REQUIREMENT
Wearing a face mask is an additional measure we can take to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and keep each other safe. This means that, with some exceptions, all individuals entering the Richmond Olympic Oval are required to wear a face mask while inside including:
- Patrons participating in programs or services offered in the facility
- Individuals conducting business or providing a service while in the building
An individual’s face mask must cover the nose, mouth, and chin without gapping. Face shields alone are not acceptable.
Wearing a mask is not an alternative to physical distancing. Every effort should be made to keep an appropriate physical distance even when wearing a face mask. These distances include:
- 2.5 metres while exercising
- 3 metres while movement is occurring
- 2 metres while not exercising and at all other times in the facility
Exceptions will be permitted for people with sensory, cognitive or physical disabilities; those with chronic health conditions unable to wear a face-covering; and children under five years of age.
Those who are not able to wear a face mask, for medical or other reasons, are asked to maintain a safe distance of at least 3 metres for the protection of themselves and those around them.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND COMPLIANCE
Individuals should bring and wear their own face mask. Single-use disposable face masks will be provided if necessary. Please make sure to dispose of used disposable face masks into a waste bin. Staff will be informing individuals who are not wearing a face mask that they are required to wear one.