Hive Muskoka ( along with 4 other local gyms) are remining open.
Based on the ROA, 2020 (O. REG 57/21) amendment, @hivemuskoka will be serving members and those in the community who qualify under the new guidelines.
This includes persons with:
Mental health conditions:
...temporary or permanent, of any kind (inc. depression, stress, anxiety etc)
PTSD or any Covid 19 Specific duress consequences (employment, child concerns, caregiving)
Physical impairments and ongoing conditions not limited to below, but including:
Musculoskeletal injuries (injuries that affect muscles, tendons, joints, ligaments, bones, nerves and blood vessels) Diabetes, arthritis, sports injuries, permanent injuries to the back, spine, legs, arms etc
Brain injury and concussions
Cognitive impairments (trouble remembering, learning new things, concentrating, or making decisions that affect everyday life)
Patrons need to request a letter of recommendation obtained from a registered health professional (ie. RMT, Chiropractor, Family Doctor or Physiotherapist).
HOWEVER: Hive Muskoka cannot ask for this letter, request a copy of it, nor can one be identified as a person dealing with any of the conditions, impairments or disabilities listed above. We will provide an absolute duty to accommodate and welcome you and will provide any support required.
You will not be arrested if you work out here, nor will you be directly /indirectly approached by any type of enforcement. That is against the law. Operating under the guidelines we are- it is legal. Movement and exercise is eesential. And so is YOUR health and wellness.
We also welcome athletes training for competition. Including our epic Special Olympic athletes .
We will continue to offer daytime and evening ZOOM live classes.
Hive Muskoka- as a gym with a Social Enterprise Business Model serving to improve community health and wellness from a physical AND an economic standpoint also recognizes the Response Framework Guidelines that validate that a necessity during this shutdown is to support vulnerable community members and to get exercise.
In doing that, we are also exceeding Covid compliance from our cleaning protocol, to masks and other PPE to class and facility capacity.
OUR NEXT STEPS TO BUILD BACK BUSINESSES?
1. The ability for organized outdoor exercise at any time regardless of the stage ( kind of like golf..)
2. Essential status, or failing this, the same opening status as retail. I.e., if you can buy socks, you can go to your gym/studio/rec centre
3. Capacity Calculator similar to retail stores. You enter your square footage, and you are allowed a certain amount of members per square foot, rather than facilities of all sizes (including arenas and rec spaces) having blanket limitations
Hive Muskoka's goal is to be deemed essential, but that is a lofty goal, and we need to aim to make quick progress that supports fitness and recreation while we fight the more significant battle. These suggestions are both reasonable and straightforward to enforce, making them much more likely to be accepted and adopted by the Ontario government.
Want to help?
Write your local MP. Explain how shutdowns affect you in an unrecoverable way and how losing a mental health outlet is affecting you negatively. Then, ask for these changes to take place immediately as they allow for the continuation of proper safety measures and more significant support for small businesses and their patrons.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback, please leave it in the comments.
We are all vulnerable. We are all struggling to cope. At Hive Muskoka- our mandate is to help people find their WERF- wellness, exercise, resilience and fun.
Thinking of you❤