COVID-19 Update: July 31st, 2020
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COVID-19 Update: June 12th, 2020
Exciting news! We are thrilled to announce that viaSport has approved a return to sport plan for Gymnastics clubs in BC, and we have prepared an individualized return to sport plan following their guidelines. We will be reopening Monday, June 15, 2020, according to the protocols included in the new Club Aviva COVID-19 Safety Plan.
The Safety Plan has been developed in order to ensure:
- health and safety of all individuals is a priority
- activities are in alignment with provincial health recommendations
- modifications to activities are in place in order to reduce the risks to each sport organization and its participants
- our sport is united and aligned on a plan to reopen throughout the province
While we do hope things will return to normal in the not too distant future, this COVID-19 Safety Plan will be the ‘new normal’ until we are advised otherwise by public health authorities. See our 'Welcome Back' walk-through video below for an idea of what to expect!
COVID-19 Upate: May 14th, 2020
We were recently part of a task force formed to provide ideas towards the safe reopening of gymnastic facilities across the province. A proposal will be submitted within the coming days to viaSport and then to the provincial government, after which we will know better when and how we can open while adhering to the new safety restrictions. We are working hard to find the best and safest way possible to reopen and we hope to be able to relay our plan to everyone soon.
In the meantime, virtual sessions for Empowering Steps, Music Therapy and Speech Therapy have all begun! If you are still interested in signing up for sessions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Lastly, we came across a video that is quite potent during these times and is a refreshing perspective on the current worldwide situation. If you would like to take a look, it is called “The Great Realization". As always, we are missing our ES families so much and cannot wait to be able to see everyone again. We are hoping everyone is staying healthy and safe out there!
COVID-19 Update: April 30th, 2020
We are monitoring the latest news updates as the provincial and federal response to the COVID-19 crisis continues to change day by day. At this time, we will not be able to resume regular services as of May 4.
That being said, we are now offering Virtual Learning sessions for Empowering Steps, Music Therapy, and Speech Therapy! Our hope is to stay connected with everyone during this difficult time and continue the amazing progress that was made over the past year.
- Virtual Empowering Steps sessions: will begin as of May 4th
- Music Therapy: has already begun
- Speech Therapy: is currently in the process of being adapted to the virtual platform
Enrollment into these services will be ongoing. If you would like any more information, please email us at email@example.com
In the meantime, the Provincial Health Officer, Dr. Bonny Henry, has stated she will be making announcements in May regarding some businesses reopening. We are working hard to navigate reopening strategies and implement a new COVID-19 response plan for reopening, with safety, physical distancing, sanitizing, and minimizing entry into our facility. We are hopeful for the opportunity to partly reopen and provide in-person services to the end of June, with changes to accommodate COVID-19 safety restrictions.
Our clients and staff mean the world to Club Aviva & Empowering Steps. We are looking forward to Empowering Steps programs reopening so we can have our family back together again.
We will provide our next update on May 14.
A Message from the Empowering Steps team: April 13th, 2020
COVID-19 Update: March 27th, 2020
We hope you and your families are all staying healthy and safe!
As per the current municipal and provincial government regulations, and to ensure the safety of all our Empowering Steps families and staff, all Empowering Steps gym and pool sessions, Occupational Therapy, and Music Therapy sessions will be cancelled until May 4th, 2020. Of course, this situation is ever evolving and, as such, we will update everyone by April 30th, 2020 to confirm the resumption of services.
All of our thoughts are with you and your families during this difficult time. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
COVID-19 Update: March 17th, 2020
All programs are cancelled and we are completely closed starting Wed, Mar 18.
This includes Empowering Steps gym and aqua sessions, Spring Break Intensives, and Occupational and Music Therapy sessions. We will post an update by Friday, March 28th, to inform customers what is happening with sessions after spring break.
COVID-19 Update: March 16th/17th, 2020
Spring Break Intensives
Unfortunately, the current situation surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak has continued to expand and more significant steps are being made to curb the further spread of the virus. Due to the recent developments made this morning by the British Columbian government and after extensive discussions, we will be cancelling our Spring Break Intensives effective immediately.
At this time, regular Empowering Steps sessions will resume on March 28th but, as this situation is changing daily, we will update everyone of any changes. If we are mandated to shut all programs down following Spring Break, we will extend the sessions further into June and offer makeups. We will post an update on this situation no later than Friday, March 27th.
As we have closed Club Aviva due to the continuing progression of the COVID-19 virus and in light of the recent developments and decisions made by the B.C. government, all Occupational Therapy sessions with Katie will be cancelled effective immediately.
We will be re-evaluating the situation on March 27th and will notify all families when we are able to resume services. We hope you and your families stay safe and healthy during this uncertain time. Please reach out to us with any further questions or concerns.
COVID-19 Update: March 14, 2020
In these uncertain times, we wanted to reach out to you personally about what we are doing here at the Symington Symbiotic Foundation to support you. As the situation around novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to evolve, we are doing everything we can to ensure your safety and provide maximum flexibility.
While the COVID-19 situation is changing daily around the world, it is important to note that the BC Centre for Disease Control continues to affirm that the risk to people in British Columbia and Canada is low at this time. Even so, we are mindful that our community is concerned about the potential impact of further spread of COVID-19 and we are acting accordingly to do what we can to support public safety. At this time, all of Club Aviva’s services are operating normally. However, as this situation evolves it may be necessary to make adjustments. Any service changes will be communicated to you.
ES sessions are running as usual until March 16th. During Spring Break we have a scheduled break from sessions. We are following the BC Health advisory and will keep you posted on any changes regarding sessions following the spring break. This weekend we ask you to limit viewing during your child’s session. Anyone not feeling well should stay home. Please remind your child about the importance of hand washing. We have hand sanitizer available for frequent sanitation.
If we are mandated to shut all programs down following the spring break, we will extend the sessions further into June and offer makeups.
Spring Break Intensives
Intensives will be operating over the spring break holidays. We have relaxed our cancellation policy. Cancellations will be allowed and refunded with 24-hour notice if your child is sick, at risk, or has been in contact with someone who is at risk, exhibiting symptoms, or has travelled to an affected area.