Before getting started with details around reopening, it is important to understand why we need to follow these new rules and ensure others do the same. By now we are all familiar with the term Physical Distancing and are aware of how it can help to prevent spread of Covid-19. While our efforts to “flatten the curve” have been relatively successful, it is important to continue to practice physical distancing for as long as possible to ensure we can move forward with the next phases of re-opening our communities.

As we introduce each phase of the re-opening process, we will update and amend any of these guidelines, as directed by the Provincial or Federal Government, Public Health, and our gymnastics governing bodies; Gymnastics Nova Scotia and Gymnastics Canada. We reserve the right to make any necessary changes, on short notice as needed, to be in accordance with the rules around the re-opening process.



At ALTA, we are motivated and committed to creating a safe environment for our athletes, parents and staff. This means implementing strict policies, procedures and guidelines to ensure we maintain our momentum in containing spread of the virus. Before returning to train or work, athletes, parents and staff will be asked to acknowledge the Gymnastics Nova Scotia Declaration of Compliance- Covid 19 form and accept the waiver relating to the document through iClass-Pro. This is to ensure a safe environment for all. It is understood and acknowledged that all members of ALTA Gymnastics (athletes, parents and staff) will be committed to uphold these measures in order to be eligible to train, visit or work at ALTA. Failure to abide by these measures will result in disciplinary measures and/or removal from the facility and the potential need to self-quarantine for a 14-day period.



In the event that an athlete or staff member is feeling sick or showing symptoms consistent with Covid-19 (symptoms will be assessed as new or abnormal to distinguish between allergies and illness, etc.) while at ALTA, they will be sent home. Athletes with symptoms that are waiting for pick up will be placed in the office with a staff member present until their parents have arrived. After they are picked up, the staff member will clean and sanitize the office following the cleaning guidelines.

Athletes or staff members who are sent home will be asked to contact 811 for further guidance on whether to proceed with a Covid-19 test. Once cleared by 811 or a negative test is confirmed, they can return to train/work. In the event ALTA receives a confirmed Covid-19 report, ALTA will follow directions set by public health and will immediately communicate updates to members, while maintaining strict confidentiality.




ALTA is committed to ensuring the safety of all staff, athletes, and members who enter our facility and thus have implemented a number of cleaning measures. Aside from our regular cleaning and sanitization, ALTA has placed multiple hand sanitizer stations around the facility.  It is expected they will be used when entering or exiting new spaces to limit the cross- contamination between people and surfaces.

ALTA’s staff will be performing regular cleaning of equipment at class; at change over times there will be designated cleaning for staff to complete to ensure a clean environment for the next group of athletes. At the end of the night, ALTA’s staff will complete further end of day cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, washrooms and high touch surfaces.  Masks are not required during training or work but are allowed if preferred.



We ask that parents/caregivers go through the GNS Declaration of Compliance Covid-19 prior to leaving for the gym. We also suggest doing a temperature check to ensure there is no temperature over 38 Celsius. If they are not eligible for training based on the criteria, please keep them home and contact 811.



Please arrive no earlier than 5 minutes prior to class time.  Proceed upstairs to the mezzanine, and wait with your child in seating area, maintaining social distancing protocols. Please do not move chairs from their designated spots.  Due to the limited amount of space in the mezzanine, we request only one adult per family at this time and no siblings.  Please have children wash or sanitize hands upon arrival.  Coaches will bring classes down into the gym area.

Please bring a water bottle with athlete; water fountain will not be functional.

We ask that parents leave the facility immediately at the end of class; we have scheduled a 15 minute window before the next class arrives in order to eliminate traffic in the stairwells.



Event Rotations, Set Schedules and Equipment Use

In order to maintain physical distancing guidelines, ALTA has created detailed and specific schedules for coaches and athletes to follow to assist with limiting the number of people in the facility at one time. Group schedules will be organized to allow for a gradual return to classes. These schedules will be created to allow for cleaning of the facility and equipment. Some of ALTA’s equipment will be closed completely (rope/pit) while others will have some restrictions of use.







Ensure you have properly washed hands and feet and used the washroom.

Go through the GNS Declaration of Compliance Covid-19. If it indicates that you should stay home and call 811, please do.  It is important to understand that changes to your regular health can be an indicator of the Covid-19 virus and must be taken seriously. If you are sick, or do not meet the requirements, we ask that you contact your supervisor (staff) or coach (athlete), and do not come to the gym. We may require you to contact your doctor for further instructions. If a coach does not meet the entry requirements, it is likely that your class will be canceled if a substitute is unavailable.

If you (or a family member in your household) have come in contact with a confirmed case of Covid-19, tested positive yourself you will be asked to stay home as per Public Health requirements and self-quarantine for 14 days or until you have been confirmed healthy by your doctor. If you have travelled outside of the province, you will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to entry into ALTA.


Hand Sanitizer will be required upon entering the facility.

Athletes and parents will make their way to the mezzanine, trying to maintain social distancing at all times.  All of their belongings must remain in their designated space – either with parents or hung up on hooks .



Athletes should sanitize their hands before exiting the building. Parents should maintain social distancing rules while waiting.  

Please be advised, policies may be changed at the discretion of Gymnastics Nova Scotia and ALTA to ensure compliance with government and Public Health.




Safety of participants is of utmost important at ALTA, and we have a number of measures in place to ensure a safe environment:

  • Certified instructors

  • Age and developmentally appropriate activities

  • Skill progressions

  • Quality equipment

  • Expected standards of behaviour for participants


Expected Standards of Participant Behaviour


  • Only children in a current class may go out into the training area and on the equipment (and only with an instructor)

  • Stay with the group

  • Follow the instructors' directions

  • Be respectful to the instructor and other participants


Children who jeopardise the safety and/or interfere with the enjoyment and learning of the other participants will be removed from the program if discussions with the child and parents do not solve behavioural issues. (No refunds in this case).


Makeup Policy


Classes that are cancelled in advance by ALTA (e.g. statutory holidays, ALTA annual competition weekend) will be rescheduled. Classes that are cancelled due to causes beyond our control (e.g. weather) and those missed by members for personal reasons will not be made up.

What to Wear


Boys and girls may wear t-shirts and shorts or tights or bodysuits for girls. Hair should be pulled neatly and securely away from the face so as not to interfere with vision. Girls should not wear hair ornaments that may cause discomfort during activity. Bare feet is the most activity-appropriate and safe, but snugly fitting dance type slippers may also be worn. Jewellery should not be worn during classes. Please leave valuables at home - staff cannot be responsible for your items. No chewing gum allowed in the gym.

Cancellation Policy


If a participant withdraws from an accepted class placement before the specified dates mentioned in the current registration information, there will be a $25.00 or $50 administration charge. If a participant withdraws after the specified dates, there will not be any refunds without a medical certificate. To cancel with a medical reason, you will need to email or bring in a copy of a medical note. Refunds will be given from the date that we receive confirmation of cancellation and a copy of the medical note. There will be a $25 cancellation fee and a refund will be given for the remaining classes. If you cancel with a medical reason, your child's registration will be cancelled and they will not be considered a "current member".



Privacy Statement

Please Read The Following Carefully


Personal Information

Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)

I am aware that Halifax ALTA Gymnastics Club gives specific personal information to Gymnastics Nova Scotia for registration purposes only. Gymnastics Nova Scotia may then provide specific information to Gymnastics Canada for registration or competition purposes only. We may provide information for the purpose of entering members in competitions. Halifax ALTA Gymnastics Club does not sell or divulge personal information to any other source other than that required for a medical emergency with parent or guardian’s consent.


ALTA and Gymnastics Nova Scotia (GNS) may collect, use, and disclose your personal information to Gymnastics Canada for the following purposes:

a. Receiving information and communications from Gymnastics Canada in order to provide the members with the programs,  services, products and information required as a member of Gymnastics Canada  including newsletters, e-mail bulletins, donation requests, invoices, notification of future programs, activities, fundraising and merchandise sales.

b. Establishment and management of trust funds and distribution of honorariums;

c. Processing merchandise orders, registration, and travel administration;

d. Event registration, outfitting uniform, monitoring eligibility and team selection;

e. In the case of medical emergencies;

f.  Biographical information;

g. Media relations and media publication; and

h. Publishing sports information


We think it is important to celebrate the sport and our athletes. To do so we will, from time to time, post photos and results on our web page. Unless otherwise notified, your registration gives permission for pictures and name of you / your son or daughter to be posted on the Halifax Alta Web page. If you do not want any results or images on the web page, please advise the club in writing.


Information Release to Gymnastics Nova Scotia and Gymnastics Canada 2020-2021 Membership Year:


Gymnastics Nova Scotia (GNS) may collect, use, and disclose your personal information to Gymnastics Canada for the following purposes:

a. Receiving information and communications from Gymnastics Canada in order to provide the members with the programs, services, products and information required as a member of Gymnastics Canada including newsletters, e-mail bulletins, donation requests, invoices, notification of future programs, activities, fundraising and merchandise sales;

b. Establishment and management of trust funds and distribution of honorariums;

c. Processing merchandise orders, registration, and travel administration;

d. Event registration, outfitting uniforms, monitoring eligibility and team selection;

e. In the case of medical emergencies;

f. Biographical information;

g. Media relations and media publications; and

h. Publishing sports information.

An individual may withdraw consent to the collection, use or disclosure of personal information at any time, subject to legal or contractual restrictions. GNS or GCG will inform the individual of the implications of such withdrawal. Consent will not be obtained from individuals who are minors, seriously ill, or mentally incapacitated and therefore will be obtained from parent, legal guardian or person having the power of attorney.



(To be executed by All GNS Participants)

WARNING!   Please read carefully

By signing this document, you will assume certain risks and responsibilities


Participant’s Name: ________________________________________  


  1. This is a binding legal agreement. Clarify any questions or concerns before signing. As a participant in the sport of gymnastics and the spectating, orientation, instruction, activities, competitions, programs, and services of Gymnastics Nova Scotia and [Insert Club] (collectively the “Activities”), the undersigned, being the Participant and the Participant’s Parent/Guardian (collectively the “Parties”), acknowledge and agree to the terms outlined in this document.



  1. Gymnastics Nova Scotia, [Insert Club], and their respective Directors, Officers, committee members, members, employees, coaches, volunteers, officials, participants, agents, sponsors, owners/operators of the facilities in which the Activities take place, and representatives (collectively the “Organization”) are not responsible for any injury, property damage, death, expense, loss of income, damage or loss of any kind suffered by the Participant during, or as a result of, the Activities.


      We have read and agree to be bound by paragraphs 1 and 2


Description and Acknowledgement of Risks

All Gymnastics Nova Scotia training programs and classes are taught and/or supervised by a certified coach but even with this training, supervision and other steps (including participants signing a declaration of compliance), there remain serious risks. 

  1. The Parties understand and acknowledge that:

  1. The Activities have foreseeable and unforeseeable inherent risks, hazards, and dangers that no amount of care, caution or expertise can eliminate, including without limitation, the potential for serious bodily injury, permanent disability, paralysis, and loss of life.

  2. The Organization may offer or promote online programming (such as webinars, remote conferences, workshops, and online training) which have different foreseeable and unforeseeable risks than in-person programming.

  3. The Organization has a difficult task to ensure safety and it is not infallible. The Organization may be unaware of the Participant’s fitness or abilities, may give incomplete warnings or instructions, may misjudge weather or environmental conditions, and the equipment being used might malfunction.

  4. The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization and COVID-19 is extremely contagious. The Organization has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19; however, the Organization cannot guarantee that the Participant will not become infected with COVID-19. Further, participating in the Activities could increase the Participant’s risk of contracting COVID-19.


  1. The Participant is participating voluntarily in the Activities. In consideration of that participation, the Parties hereby acknowledge that they are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards and may be exposed to such risks, dangers, and hazards. The risks, dangers and hazards include, but are not limited to:

  1. Contracting COVID-19 or any other contagious disease.

  2. Privacy breaches, hacking, technology malfunction or damage.

  3. Executing strenuous and demanding physical techniques and exerting and stretching various muscle groups.

  4. Vigorous physical exertion, strenuous cardiovascular workouts, and rapid movements.

  5. The failure to properly use any piece of equipment or from the mechanical failure of any piece of equipment or apparatus.

  6. Failure to follow instructions or rules.

  7. Spinal cord injuries which may render the Participant permanently paralyzed.

  8. Serious injury to virtually all bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, tendons, and other aspects of the Participant’s body or to the Participant’s general health and well-being.

  9. Abrasions, sprains, strains, fractures, or dislocations.

  10. Concussion or other head injuries, including but not limited to, closed head injury or blunt head trauma.

  11. Physical contact with other participants, spectators, equipment, and hazards.

  12. Collisions with walls, any gymnastics apparatus, floors, or mats.

  13. Falling, tumbling, or hitting any gymnastics apparatus, the floor, mats, or other surfaces.

  14. Physical contact with other participants (including spotters).

  15. Not wearing appropriate safety or protective equipment on apparatus.

  16. Dangers of ill fitted masks or other protective equipment that might impair vision or come loose.

  17. Failure to act safely or within the Participant’s ability or designated areas.

  18. Negligence of other persons, including other spectators, participants, or employees; and

  19. Travel to and from competitive events and associated non-competitive events which are an integral part of the Activities

  20. Exposure to allergens in a facility that might pose a severe risk to specific children or spectators.


      We have read and agree to be bound by paragraphs 3 and 4



  1. In consideration of the Organization allowing the Participant to participate in the Activities, the Parties agree:

  1. That when the Participant practices or trains in their own space, the Parties are responsible for the Participant’s surroundings and the location and equipment that is selected for the Participant.

  2. That the Participant’s mental and physical condition is appropriate to participate in the Activities and the Parties assume all risks related to the Participant’s mental and physical condition.

  3. That the Participant may experience anxiety while challenging themselves during the Activities.

  4. To comply with the rules and regulations for participation in the Activities.

  5. To comply with the rules of the facility or equipment.

  6. That if the Participant observes an unusual significant hazard or risk, the Participant will remove themselves from participation and bring their observations to a representative of the Organization immediately.

  7. The risks associated with the Activities are increased when the Participant is impaired, and the Participant will not participate if impaired in any way.

  8. That it is their sole responsibility to assess whether any Activities are too difficult for the Participant. By the Participant commencing an Activity, they acknowledge and accept the suitability and conditions of the Activity.

  9. That COVID-19 is contagious in nature and the Participant may be exposed to, or infected by, COVID-19 and such exposure may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, or loss of life; and

  10. That they are responsible for the choice of the Participant’s safety or protective equipment and the secure fitting of that equipment.


  1. In consideration of the Organization allowing the Participant to participate, the Parties agree:

  1. That the Parties are not relying on any oral or written statements made by the Organization or their agents, whether in brochure or advertisement or in individual conversations, to agree to participate in the Activities.

  2. That the Organization is not responsible or liable for any damage to the Participant’s vehicle, property, or equipment that may occur as a result of the Activities; and

  3. That this Agreement is intended to be as broad and inclusive as is permitted by law of the Province of Nova Scotia and if any portion thereof is held invalid, the balance shall, notwithstanding, continue in full legal force and effect.



  1. The Parties agree that in the event that they file a lawsuit against the Organization, they agree to do so solely in the Province of Nova Scotia and they further agree that the substantive law of the Province of Nova Scotia will apply without regard to conflict of law rules.


   We have read and agree to be bound by paragraphs 5 to 7



  1. The Parties acknowledge that they have read this agreement and understand it, that they have executed this agreement voluntarily, and that this Agreement is to be binding upon themselves, their heirs, their spouses, parents, guardians, next of kin, executors, administrators and legal or personal representatives.



____________________________________           ______________________________________       __________________________

Name of Participant (print)                                           Signature of Participant                                                Date of Birth (day/month/year)



________________________________________________                    _________________________________________   

Name of Parent or Guardian if participant is under 18 (print)                   Signature of Parent or Guardian                      





Billing Authorization

I represent and warrant that if I am purchasing something or paying for a service from this facility or from other merchants through this facility that (i) any credit card or bank account draft (ACH Draft) information I supply is true and complete, (ii) charges incurred by me will be honored by my credit card company or financial institution, and (iii) I will pay the charges incurred by me at the posted prices, including any applicable taxes, fees, and penalties.

I hereby authorize (if online payment is made or autopay information is provided) this facility to charge my ACH draft, or credit card account. I understand that a 30 day written notice is required to terminate billing and I am responsible for payment whether or not my student attends classes.

Should I dispute a charge through my financial institution this will constitute a breach of contract possibly resulting in, but not limited to, penalties, additional fees, collection, legal action, and/or termination of any and/or all current and future services.



DECLARATION OF COMPLIANCE – COVID-19 – Final V.6 – October 7, 2020


Participant Name (print):              ___________________________________________________


Participant’s Parent/Guardian    ___________________________________________________

(if the participant is younger than 18 years old)


Email:                                                    ___________________________________________________


Telephone:                                         ___________________________________________________





Gymnastics Nova Scotia and [insert Club] (collectively the “Organization”) require the disclosure of exposure or illness is in order to safeguard the health and safety of all participants and limit the further outbreak of COVID-19.  This Declaration of Compliance will be kept safely, and personal information will not be disclosed unless as required by law or with your consent.


A participant (or the participant’s parent/guardian, if the participant is younger than 18 years old) who is unable to agree to the terms outlined in this document is not permitted to enter the Organization’s facilities or participate in the Organization’s activities, programs, or services.


I, the undersigned being the participant named above and the participant’s parent/guardian (if the participant is younger than 18 years old), hereby acknowledge and agree to the terms outlined in this document unless I was instructed otherwise by a doctor or by visiting: https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirus-assessment

  1. The novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has been declared a worldwide pandemic by the World Health Organization and COVID-19 is extremely contagious. The Organization has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and requires all participants (or their parent/guardian, when applicable) to adhere to the compliance standards described in this document.


  1. The participant has not been diagnosed with COVID-19.  OR If the participant was diagnosed with COVID-19, the participant was cleared as noncontagious by provincial or local public health authorities more than 14 days prior to the date this Declaration of Compliance was signed.


  1. The participant has not been exposed to a person with a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19.  However, if the participant was exposed to a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19, the date of exposure was more than 14 days prior to the date this Declaration of Compliance was signed.


  1. The participant is attending or participating voluntarily and understands the risks associated with COVID-19. The participant (or the participant’s parent/guardian, on behalf of the participant (when applicable) agrees to assume those risks, including but not limited to exposure and being infected.


  1. The participant has not experienced cold or flu-like symptoms in the last 14 days (including fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, respiratory illness, difficulty breathing).



  1. If the participant experiences any cold or flu-like symptoms after submitting this Declaration of Compliance, the participant will contact the coronavirus assessment centre at:  https://www.nshealth.ca/coronavirus-assessment   You will be advised if you need to be tested for COVID-19.  Household contacts, including siblings, do not need to stay home if they do not have any symptoms.

• If a test is not required, the participant may return when they are feeling better with no fever medication for 24 hours (or only a mild clear runny nose). Repeat the assessment for any new or worsening symptoms

• If a COVID-19 test is required, the participant will need to stay home until the test results come back.

• If the test is positive, public health will follow up and provide support and will advise when the participant can return.

• If the test is negative, the participant may return when they are feeling better for 24 hours with no fever (without medications) and no symptoms (or only a mild clear runny nose)

• If public health tells a participant that they are considered a close contact of someone with COVID-19, they will need to stay home for 14 days. Household contacts of that participant do not need to stay home unless they are also a close contact of someone with COVID-19


  1. The participant has not, nor has any member of the participant’s household, travelled to, or had a lay-over in any country outside Canada, or in any province outside of the Atlantic Bubble (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland) in the past 14 days. If the participant travels, or if anyone in the participant’s household travels, outside the Atlantic Bubble after submitting this Declaration of Compliance, the participant will not attend any of the Organization’s facilities, activities, programs or services until at least 14 days have passed since the date of return. 

**Please refer to exemptions to this rule on page 3 of this document as per Nova Scotia  – exemption from self-isolation.


  1. The participant is following recommended guidelines, including but not limited to, practicing physical distancing, trying to maintain separation of six feet from others, frequent handwashing, and otherwise limiting exposure to COVID-19.


  1. The participant will follow the safety, physical distancing, and hygiene protocols of the Organization as posted at the time this document is signed and agrees to follow any amendments or changes as they are made and posted, on either the Organization’s website or, on site at the Organization’s premises.


  1. This document will remain in effect until the Organization, per the direction of the provincial government and provincial health officials, determines that the acknowledgements in this Declaration of Compliance are no longer required.


  1. The Organization may remove the participant from the facility or from participation in the activities, programs or services of the Organization at any time and for any reason if the Organization believes, in its sole discretion, that the participant is no longer in compliance with any of the compliance standards described in this document.  The removal may be up to a two-week suspension and that no reimbursement of fees shall be provided for the suspension period.


Signature:           _____________________________________     Date:  ___________________

                                Participant (If 18 and over)


Signature:           _____________________________________     Date:  ___________________

                                Parent/Guardian (if the participant is younger than 18 years old)


Nova Scotia - Exemptions from self-isolation

Some people are exempt from the self-isolation requirement. Even if you’re exempt, you still need to practice social distancing of 2 metres (6 feet) as much as you can.  You need to monitor your symptoms closely, and self-isolate if you start to feel sick.


People who are exempt from the self-isolation requirement include:

  • Atlantic Canadian residents who travel within Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador (Atlantic travel bubble)

  • people from outside Atlantic Canada who have already self-isolated in another Atlantic Canadian province before they enter Nova Scotia

  • people visiting Nova Scotia to facilitate child sharing between parents under a joint custody order or agreement if both the children and the person bringing them don’t have symptoms of COVID-19

  • people visiting Nova Scotia for essential health services, plus 1 support person travelling with them

  • workers who are essential to the movement of people and goods, and who must enter Nova Scotia as part of their work requirements (not for personal reasons or other types of work)

    • healthy trade and transportation workers who are employed in the movement of goods or people across the Nova Scotia border, including truck drivers, crew, maintenance and operational workers on any plane, train or food production plants

    • Canadian Armed Forces and Canadian Defence Team personnel, Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), Canadian Border Services Agency and Canadian Security Intelligence Service

    • first responders, including police, fire and Emergency Health Services (EHS) paramedic workers

Workers exempt from the self-isolation requirement should follow social distancing guidelines as much as they can and also follow public health directives. They need to monitor their symptoms closely, and self-isolate if they start to feel sick.




Domestic Rotational Workers in Nova Scotia – There is a list of allowable activities for domestic rotational workers during their 14-day isolation periods in Nova Scotia. Please refer to the pdf link below.  This pdf also defines a Domestic Rotational Worker in Nova Scotia.