Welcome to Norfolk Fitness

 

NFC is a full-service training facility with over 9000 square feet of workout space including cardio equipment, weight machines, and free weights. We also have personal training services for anyone looking for something extra to add to their routine. We’ve got a little bit of everything, for everyone.

To all of our valued members and guests:

Please note that per the province of Ontario’s 3-stage re-opening plan, Norfolk Fitness Centre will not be able to re-open it’s doors until the start of Stage 3. With the province starting stage one a little earlier, as of the writing of this update, the earliest that Stage 3 will commence and that indoor fitness activities can start, will now be Friday July 23rd, 2021. Remember that the province has articulated that time lines can/may change depending on the success or set-back of certain metrics. Please continue to watch this website for details and updates to our re-opening plan. 

As a reminder, here are the main rules that have been in effect while we have been able to be open:

 –  You must wear a mask at all times while in the facility (the only exception is while you are on a cardio machine).

 – You must maintain a 6 foot distance from all other patrons (unless they live in your household).

 – We must actively screen each guest as you enter the facility.

 –  You MUST pre-book your appointment, you cannot show up as a walk-in and expect to use the facility. (Use our Norfolk Fitness Centre App to book your session before you get to the gym).   

Norfolk Fitness Centre was ordered to close on March 17, 2020 when the provincial state of emergency was declared because of the Covid-19 pandemic. We officially re-opened after lockdown #1 on September 8th 2020.

On Monday December 21, 2020 the government of Ontario announced that it would again move the entire province back into lock-down. Shortly thereafter, a state of emergency was declared and a stay at home order was put into effect  the morning of December 26, 2020 that lasted until 11:59 pm of February 15, 2021. We officially re-opened the facility after lockdown #2 on Wednesday February 17, 2021. At that time Haldimand-Norfolk was placed in the orange -restrict zone and all rules and regulations pertaining to the orange zone applied.

On Monday March 1, 2021 the province moved Haldimand- Norfolk into the yellow zone. Shortly thereafter, on Monday March 8, 2021, the province moved Haldimand-Norfolk back into the Orange Zone.

On Thursday April 1, 2021 the province announced a stay at home/shutdown order for the entire province for 28 days. The shutdown commenced Saturday April 3rd at 12:01 am. This order was extended by the province and was set to remain in effect until Thursday May 20, 2021. Further to this, the province again extended the stay at home order which is now set to expire on June 2, 2021.

Late May of 2021, the province announced a 3 Stage re-opening plan. Stage 1 of this plan is set to commence June 14, 2021. Stage 2 is set to begin 3 weeks late on July 5th, 2021. Stage 3 is set to begin 3 weeks later, on July 26th, 2021. Indoor Fitness Centre’s are able to re-open in limited capacity in Stage 3, and as such Norfolk Fitness Centre now anticipates re-opening on Monday July 26, 2021 at 6 a.m.  

 As previously stipulated, all members whose membership was placed on hold at any time because of a provincial shutdown/order has not lost any time on their term because of that shutdown. Whatever number of days you had remaining on your membership at that time will be available to you when you inevitably re-instate your membership.  Your membership will be re-instated and the clock will re-start only after you come back to the facility. To be clear, if at any time you had an active membership with time on it, and the gym was ordered closed, your membership was put on hold for you, whether you asked us to or not. The only way time elapsed from that membership was if you came back in and re-instated it; and furthermore, if you did re-instate your membership and we were ordered closed again, your membership would have been put back on hold for you. 

When the Haldimand-Norfolk region moved into the Orange (Restrict) Zone on November 30, 2020, Norfolk Fitness Centre made all of the necessary changes and implemented all requisite precautions: Session times changed from 55 minutes to 85 minutes, and you were no longer able to book back to back sessions. No one can be in the facility for more than 90 minutes in any day.  It is mandatory to have a reserved session in advance – no one is allowed to come into the facility unless you have pre-reserved a spot. Unfortunately, you can no longer just show up and hope a spot is available, it MUST be pre-booked. (If you arrive at the facility and you haven’t book your session before you walk in the door, you will be turned away.)  Contact information is now mandatory. We will be confirming your profile information every time you visit the facility. We cannot allow anonymous day passes any longer. Unless you have been a member before and/or we have your up to date contact information you won’t be allowed in unless we have current tracing information on file.  Active screening of the Covid-19 symptoms and/or contact is mandatory for every guest entering the facility.

Please remember, do NOT come to the facility if you have any symptoms of Covid-19, wash your hands, use the hand sanitizer, clean your equipment after you finish using it, do not share your equipment with anyone that is not living in your household, and remain 3 meters apart from everyone else in the facility at all times.

Our Hours of Operation are as follows:

  • Monday – Friday: 6 am – 1:30 pm & 3:00 pm – 9 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 3 pm
  • Sunday: Closed
  • Seniors can use the facility during any and all hours that the gym is open, they will also have a dedicated session each day from 10:30 am – 12 pm – no one under the age of 60 will be allowed into the facility during this time.

Masks are mandatory inside the facility.  The only exception will be when you are exercising on a cardio machine. Once you enter the facility you must have a mask on for the entire duration of your visit.  While setting up and exercising on a piece of cardio equipment, you may remove your mask, but the moment you step off the cardio machine, you must put your mask back on.

Everyone will get a 15-minute warning before the end of the scheduled session time and then you will be escorted out 5 minutes before the next session starts  – everyone will need to be out of the facility at the 85 minute mark or prior to allow for social distancing and a smooth transition for the next group coming in. Abuse of staff enforcing this policy will not be tolerated. You will be given one friendly warning. A second offence or any kind of belligerent behavior, including refusing to leave (Just one more set, etc.) will result in termination of all privileges and access to the facility.

If you need to pay for your session, purchase or renew your membership, or you want to take care of any other accounting and administrative details, we request that you come early. We will not be processing these types of requests during the entry or exit of members and guests from the facility. We strongly suggest doing these types of transactions at the 15-minute mark or the 45-minute mark of the hour. If you come to the desk at the start of any session time trying to purchase or renew you membership on entry, you will be asked to step aside until everyone waiting has been brought upstairs. And remember, if you are trying to do this at the start of your session time, you will dig into your 85 minute workout time – time cannot and will not be added onto your session. You will still be escorted out at the end of the scheduled session time.

All session bookings are now made online with our new online Norfolk Fitness Centre app. It is now live, and you can find it in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Once you have loaded either one on your device, in the search bar, type in Norfolk Fitness Centre. A few different apps may come up. Find the app with our logo on it and download it onto your device (it’s free). Once you have it downloaded, open it, and register as a user. Once you get it loaded in the system it’s pretty easy to reserve your 85-minute time slot. Call the office if you have any concerns getting the app loaded properly. You can also call in to make your reservation. 

All guests of the facility must clean the equipment they are using both before and after they are done using it. Failure to adhere to this policy will mean an immediate termination of membership for that guest and all entry privileges to the facility will be revoked without refund. We cannot stress enough how critical this point is. We need everyone’s help and for everyone to do their part to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 in our community.

  • A maximum of 25 people will be allowed in the gym at a time. 
  • Change rooms will NOT be opened for use. There will NOT be shower facilities available for use. You must come to the club ready to work out and head out immediately after your time slot. The desk will NOT be holding ANY personal items for guests. Please leave all personal belongings including jackets, bags, and back-packs in your vehicle or at home. We have coat hooks and boot trays available  if you need to wear something something heavier into the gym and for outdoor shoes or boots.
  • The water fountain is shut off – bring your own beverage or coin for the Gatorade machine
  • We have spaced out our cardio machinery and weight equipment upstairs  3 meters apart as per provincial guidelines to  assist with social distancing.
  • We have installed numerous hand sanitizer stations throughout the facility.
  • We have replaced our Ecolab sanitizer chemical with an Ecolab disinfectant that kills the Covid-19 virus. We will clean everything, using our new disinfectant, continuously during our hours of operation. All cleaning bottles for guest use will also use this disinfectant.
  • All financial transactions at the facility will now be electronic only. We will not be accepting cash/coin/cheque as a payment method. We will only accept Visa, Mastercard and Debit card.

Unfortunately, availability of some services and amenities will be temporarily suspended. We have decided to not open the pool area until all social distancing restrictions have been permanently removed. The sauna and hot tub are both less than 6 feet across and will not be able to re-open until all social distancing restrictions are relaxed. Racquetball is an activity that is still not approved because of proximity of the players and will be unavailable. Our fitness classes have been suspended indefinitely. Watch this website for updates.

Please note that all pre-paid memberships were put on pause effective March 17, 2020 when the original state of emergency was declared. Only those members who notified us that they wanted to re-activate their membership re-started the clock. No one has lost any time on their membership. Only those people that come in to use the facility will have their memberships re-activated. All members who were enrolled in a pre-authorized payment plan, those payments will not resume until you re-activate your membership by visiting the facility or through a pre-arrangement.

For all questions or clarification, please email me at ken@travelodgesimcoe.com