OUR RESPONSE TO COVID19
Aspire Climbing is committed to the health and safety of our staff and our community. As we welcome a new year, it is clear that we're not through the woods yet. COVID19 is still part of our daily lives as we continue to adapt during this evolving pandemic.
Each Aspire location follows the guidelines of its regional public health unit. These guidelines may vary based on how their region is classified under the provincial COVID19 response framework. Although each location will follow the same generalized recommendations such as physical distancing of 2 metres and wearing a mask, capacity levels and program offerings may vary.
We ask that everyone in our communities continue to participate in the provincial response to keeping everyone safe and reducing the transmission of COVID19 and future variants. Please follow and respect these recommendations so we can all get back to our normal lives and see the smiling faces that have been hidden for far too long!
We're taking the health and safety of our community and staff very seriously. Aspire Climbing locations are following the advice from their regional health units respectively on measures to combat the spread of COVID19.
Masks are Mandatory
With the current rise in COVID19 cases in Ontario, masks are now mandatory at all times. Masks or face-coverings must be made of at least 2 layers. Buffs, neck gaiters, and other single-ply masks or face-coverings are not suitable. View the full information.
Similar to our no shirt and no bare feet policy, all members and guests must wear masks, even while participating in activities. If you do not feel comfortable wearing a mask, please stay home until a time when we can safely ease this restriction.
Please continue to practice and respect physical distancing regardless of wearing a mask as we all adapt to this new normal. We all share in the responsibility for the health and safety of others.
If you are feeling sick or exhibiting any symptoms, please stay home and quarantine for 14 days before returning
Please arrive changed and ready to climb/ninja, change rooms will be limited to bathroom use for a max of 2 persons at a time
The water fountain is not available so please provide your own bottle and fluids or drinks can be purchased
Guarantee your spot by pre-booked online prior to your visit
Areas will follow strict capacity limits so please follow posted limits
Before switching to other areas, please see desk staff to assist with managing capacity
Respect your booked time slot and arrive/depart on time. Your time limits start based on your reservation time, not your arrival time
Waivers and transactions should be completed online to reduce the person to person contact
Supervision for youth will be required but limited to a ratio of 1 parent: 4 children
Loose chalk usage is under review. Please use chalk sparingly to avoid moving to a liquid chalk policy during COVID reopening
Please arrive on-time, ready to climb/ninja to maximize your session
Upon entering the facility, please sanitize your hands or head straight to the washroom to wash your hands
Please minimize front desk contact by paying for your visit online, or paying via Interac, Visa or Mastercard tap. Cash payment is not available at this time
Please respect floor and seating markings
Please avoid climbing side by side with other climbers. The physical distancing of 2m is required on and off the wall between yourself and others who are not part of your social bubble
Avoid handshakes, hugs and fist bumps with other guests and staff. We miss you too but let’s practice pantomiming these actions out of mutual respect
Please respect your booking time limit and prepare your departure 10mins before your session end for a smooth transition
Check-out with the front desk upon departure to update our facility capacity limits
Keep your facemask on during your departure in case physical distancing cannot be maintained
Everyone MUST exit by the end of your session to allow staff to sanitize areas before the next group arrives
If a confirmed case is reported by a member, guest or staff, Aspire will work closely with local health authorities to perform the necessary contact tracing protocols
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
My membership is frozen, what are my options when I return to climb?
Reinstate your membership to avoid any fees
Pay for your session if you are unsure and would like to keep your membership on hold
What if I’m a prepaid member but I’m not ready to return right away?
What if I had a complimentary membership included with a program registration?
Complimentary memberships will automatically be reinstated upon your first visit back or automatically on Monday, Aug 3rd. The balance of your membership time included in your program registration will be maintained.
I’m not a member but would like to join so I can start climbing or ninja’ing again. Will you have membership options?
Absolutely! We would love to have you as part of our community. See our membership options here: www.aspireclimbing.com/memberships
If I'm not a member, when can I come in for a climbing or ninja session?
Passes are available and guests are welcome. Weekday visits do not have time limits however evening and weekend visits are currently limilted to 2 hours which is the perfect amount of time to experience Aspire.
Are Punch Card Holders included in your reopening stage for members?
Yes. Punch Card holders are occasional members with prepaid visits. Existing punches can be redeemed for your visit or you can top-up with our COVID 6-Pack for $104 +tax.
Can I use my Members Guest Pass?
At this time, member guest passes are not available. During our reopening stages, space is at a premium and reserved for paying or prepaid customers.
Can I book my social bubble to visit at the same time?
Bubble Bookings for a capacity of 10 people are welcome. Simply reserve all 10 spaces in the area you would like to use and have the zone for your entire bubble.
Are masks mandatory?
Yes they are. At this time, masks are mandatory at all times.
Are you offering Birthday Parties?
Aspire whitby is offering birthday parties of 8 participants to maintain physical distancing requirements. Visit www.aspireclimbing.com/whitby/parties for more information.
Will Aspire be screening visitors?
We respect the privacy and personal health matters of our community. We are not medically trained to screen visitors with temperature checks. We ask that all visitors respect the community by staying home if they exhibit any symptoms. If you have been in contact with anyone with or exposed to COVID19, we ask that you quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to Aspire.
Are you running youth programs?
Fall program registrations are now open with Ontario's increase in numbers for indoor group gatherines. Classes will be limited to 8 participants to maintain physical distancing requirements.
Can I book multiple sessions at the same time?
Yes you can. Please be mindful that any reservation that is held means one less visitor so be mindful about your booking commitment. If you would like to cancel a booking, please call or email us as soon as possible.
Can I bring food and drinks into the gym?
For the time being, we're not allowing outside food in the facility and we are not selling snacks. The water fountain is not available so please bring your own drinks or than can be purchased at our front desk.
Is rental equipement available to rent?
At the moment, harnesses and climbing shoes are available to rent. Chalkbags are not. Climbing shoes are sprayed with 99% alcohol to disinfect them after every use and aired out to dry for 24hrs. Climbing harnesses are cycled to dry and put back into circulation after a 48hr quarentine period. Due to the communial nature of rental chalk bags and inability to clean and disinfect, chalk bag rentals are not availabe.
Will liquid chalk be mandatory?
Although not clinically proven at this time, liquid chalk contains a high alcohol content that can help to reduce the spread of the virus. In addition, it reduces the amount of airborne particles in the air improving the air quality of the facility. We will be monitoring our traffic levels to determine if this is neccessary. We ask that all visitors be considerate with the use of chalk and avoid accessive use and spread. Chalk bags are not availble for rent at the moment and we ask climbers not to share chalk.
If I book for bouldering, can I use other areas during my visit?
In order to perform effective contact tracing, we are asking visitors to stay in the areas they have booked for. After each session, the areas are cleaned and disinfected by our staff and open wandering can lead to greater cross contamination. We will assess this as traffic incrases and adjust if neccessary.
Can I book back to back sessions?
Each facility may have different rules regarding back to back bookings based on their traffic levels and regional protocols. Please read the booking information prior to making a reservation to be sure.
What are the capacity limits at the gym?
Our capacity limits follow the recommended protocols of the regions. These protocols are constantly updating as the pandemic response evolves. To review a full list of updates, visit the region's information page associated to the facility.