BBQ and safe outdoor dining

BOOKING A TIME

  • Book one of the four BBQs and your table, in advance – the day before the day you want to use a BBQ
    by calling the Gatehouse at 416 241 2130
  • Same day bookings for a BBQ and/or table may be possible by checking with the Security guard at the
    entrance gate to the pool area
  • Reservations for tables 1-4 available from 11:30 AM every two hours, tables 5-8 available every two
    hours starting at 12:30 PM each day, each reservation is for one hour & forty five minutes
  • Each suite will be limited to one reservation per day
  • There will be a fifteen minute grace period for your reservation and after which you will lose your
    reservation due to anticipated high demand

BEFORE ACCESSING THE BBQ AREA

  • Bring and display your Amenity card
  • Wash hands thoroughly
  • Bring your BBQ lighter with you

CHECKING IN

  • Check in with the Security guard at the entrance gate to the pool area and answer the pre-screening questions
  • Obtain sanitation supplies from Security guard at the entrance to the pool area and return them when leaving the BBQ area
  • Enter the BBQ area by travelling left from the entrance gate. When leaving the BBQ proceed around the north side of the pool and return to the entrance/exit gate to leave the pool area.
  • Observe the decals on the ground directing flow of traffic and social distancing
  • Maintain social distancing when lining up to enter pool area

WHILE USING THE BBQ AREA

  • Do not share utensils, glasses, dishes etc.
  • Minimize touching gates, handles, benches, tables and chairs when not sitting
  • You are responsible for sanitizing BBQ & brush handles, your own table & chairs
  • Please complete your cooking within the first hour of your reservation start time (including the cleaning of the barbeque grill), so the person with the next reservation time slot has adequate time for cooking Chairs are absolutely forbidden to be re-arranged
  • Social distancing rules apply at all times, keep at least six feet away from other residents
  • Clean BBQ grill with brush provided when finished using BBQ
  • Washrooms facilities in the rec centre should only be used when absolutely necessary, residents are encouraged to use their own washrooms

Pandemic Tennis at Islington 2000

The tennis courts open again on July 6th. You must sign a waiver and be assigned a photo id that should be with you whenever you use our amenities. Please consider the following advice.

BEFORE YOU PLAY

  • Ensure all players have signed a COVID-19 Waiver form
  • Have your WAIVER ID card which must be displayed at all times.
  • Book your tennis court with the Security Gatehouse at 416-241-2130 (Maximum 2 hours)
  • Play with persons living in your household or individuals considered to be low risk.
  • Don’t play if you or your playing partner:

– exhibit any coronavirus symptoms, such as a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or other symptoms identified by health experts
– have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days
– are considered vulnerable or at risk (elderly individuals or have a pre-existing condition)

PREPARING TO PLAY

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before going to a tennis court
  • Bring hand sanitizers
  • Clean your equipment, including your racquets and water bottles
  • Do not share equipment
  • Bring a water bottle to avoid touching a water fountain handle
  • Minimize touching door handles, gates, benches and all other objects where the virus could survive
  • Check in with the Security Gatehouse

WHILE PLAYING

  • Keep a 2-metre distance with other players and play singles unless with members of your household
  • Avoid touching your face. Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your sleeve
  • Stay on your side of the court
  • Each player bring a separate can of balls, and be sure to only handle yours
  • Don’t share food, drinks and towels
  • Use your racquet and foot to pick up balls or to send to another player

AFTER PLAYING

  • Check out with the Security Gatehouse
  • Wash your hands with water and disinfectant soap or with hand sanitizer
  • Leave the court immediately after you finish playing
  • Sanitize tennis balls prior to next play

Wearing a mask

Many people are choosing to wear a mask in public to prevent their mouth and nose droplets from reaching other people or shared surfaces. Here’s advice from Sunnybrook Hospital for all mask wearers.

It’s important to wear your mask properly. Wearing it incorrectly can actually put you at a higher risk of catching COVID-19 or other infections.

Follow these steps to make sure you wear it right:

Clean your hands

Be sure to clean your hands with soap and water or alcohol-based hand rub before you touch your mask to put it on, and again after you have put it on.

Cover your mouth and nose

Use the ear loops or ties to put on the mask. Make sure the mask covers both your mouth and nose. If you are using a medical mask, press down on the wire part so it molds to the bridge of your nose.

Leave it be

Once you have your mask on, do not touch it. Leave it be.

Remove it carefully

When it’s time to remove the mask, clean your hands again before you touch it. Remove it from the ear loops or ties. Do not touch the front of the mask.

Store it safely

If you remove your mask to eat or drink, or because you are at least 2 metres (6 feet) away from others, you should place it carefully on a clean surface or in a clean container (e.g., Tupperware) with the part that was on your mouth and nose facing up. If you use a container, be sure to clean it regularly. Remember to always clean your hands before and after touching your mask.

Put it in the garbage

Once you are finished with your mask, put it in the garbage. If you are using a cloth mask, promptly put the mask in the washing machine. It should be washed after each day it is worn.

Some mask dos:

  • Always, always, always clean your hands before and after touching your mask (e.g., before and after putting it on, and before and after taking it off)
  • Wear your mask firmly over your nose and mouth.
  • Replace your mask if it gets wet, damaged or soiled (for example you touch it with dirty hands).
  • Store your mask in a clean location between uses.
  • Put your mask in the garbage when you are done with it.

Some mask don’ts:

  • Don’t touch or fiddle with your mask once it’s on.
  • Do not wear your mask on your chin, head or hanging off your ear.
  • Do not wear a wet, damaged or soiled mask.
  • Do not put your mask in your pocket or purse then wear it again.
  • Don’t toss your used mask on the ground. If you do, someone else has to pick it up and could get contaminated.

Connecting with each other on Zoom

In this time of necessary isolation we are all wondering if it’s possible to carry on the kind of rewarding social lives we had before COVID-19. Yes, we should pick up the phone and call a friend, or have a go at the face time app on our tablets, but many are suddenly being introduced to Zoom, an application that makes it quite easy to gather a number of people together (virtually). Zoom allows for one person to invite multiple friends to all meet at a certain time. Typically the invitation is by email or text (not on social media for security reasons).

So many people are trying Zoom in the days of COVID-19 that the company has had to deal with change in a faster pace than it expected (as have we all). This is from the Eric S. Yuan at Zoom headquarters:

Usage of Zoom has ballooned overnight – far surpassing what we expected when we first announced our desire to help in late February. This includes over 90,000 schools across 20 countries that have taken us up on our offer to help children continue their education remotely. To put this growth in context, as of the end of December last year, the maximum number of daily meeting participants, both free and paid, conducted on Zoom was approximately 10 million. In March this year, we reached more than 200 million daily meeting participants, both free and paid. We have been working around the clock to ensure that all of our users – new and old, large and small – can stay in touch and operational.

Every suite in the building has unlimited high-speed internet now. This is an open challenge to residents of Islington 2000: If you have tried Zoom with family or friends, make an effort to learn how to set up a zoom invitation. Once we have a critical mass of zoomers we can use it to bring together some of the groups that used to meet at our Recreation Centre.

Crafters, share your work. Book readers, talk about what you’re reading. Lunch bunch, bring a sandwich. Bistro patrons, pour a coffee (or a quarantini) and share a good joke. Each one teach one! Stay home everyone! Stay well!

Under quarantine? Self-isolating?

Social distancing and hand-washing are the most important actions you can take to prevent the spread of the corona virus. But it can be hard to cope with the sudden limitations on our daily life.  How are you doing?
Here is some general advice for managing your anxiety as you continue to do the right things for your health and for the health of our whole community.