Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates

Last updated on March 30 @ 1:15 p.m. 

 

UPDATES | RESOURCES & QUICK LINKS | EVENT CHANGES | CLUB CLOSURES 

 
The Alberta Gymnastics Federation (AGF) is closely monitoring the development and spread of COVID-19 and reviewing possible changes to events on a case by case basis. Please be advised that we are constantly seeking professional and organizational input on this matter from our colleagues in the provincial and national sport system. We are also regularly checking the FIG and GymCan websites for updates to their events. Below you will find a summary of updates as they happen including any known cancellations and postponed events involving AGF members. 

 

UPDATES

All businesses seeing a 30% drop in revenue due to pandemic will be eligible for 75% wage subsidies | March 30, 2020

Today, the government announced that not-for-profits and charities will be eligible for wage subsidy supports if they meet the same criteria as eligible businesses.
 
While more details are forthcoming, the government has indicated the following:

  • If your business revenue has gone down by at least 30%, you will be eligible
  • The number of employees you have will not be taken into account
  • Eligibility will include operations with employees from 10 people to 1000 people
  • The first $58,700 that Canadians earn, up to $847 a week, will be covered
  • Backdated to March 15th

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Trudeau Announces Increased Wage Subsidy for Businesses | March 27, 2020

Earlier today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Government of Canada will be dramatically boosting support for small businesses. The government will cover up to 75% of a small businesses’ payroll, offer interest-free loans, and waive GST remittances until June. This is a huge step up from the 10% wage subsidy announced last week. Read more.

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GymCan Update re Canadian Championships | March 25, 2020

GymCan has announced the postponement of the 2020 Canadian Championships presented by Bell that were scheduled for May 19-24 in Gatineau, QC. View full announcement.

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Team Canada Issues Statement Regarding Olympic Games  | March 22, 2020

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), backed by their Athletes’ Commissions, National Sports Organizations and the Government of Canada, have made the difficult decision to not send Canadian teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2020. View full announcement.

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AGF Update | March 19, 2020

 
Further AGF Event Cancellations Effective Today
In response to Alberta declaring a state of emergency, the Alberta Gymnastics Federation (AGF) in partnership with our local organizing committees (LOCs) and host venues, have made the difficult decision to cancel the remainder of our provincial events as follows:

  • Artistic Provincial Championships | April 17 – 19
  • T&T Provincial Championships | April 24 – 26
  • Gymfest | April 25 – 26
  • Alberta Compulsory Championships | May 1 – 3

Please note that AGF is exploring alternative ways to select athletes for Canadian Championships should that event still take place.
 
Status of Western Canadian Championships and Canadian Championships
Western Canadian Championships (April 29 – May 3) have been cancelled: Gymnastics B.C. and Delta Gymnastics made the official announcement on March 18, 2020.
Canadian Championships (May 19 – 24) are still under review: On March 18, 2020, Gymnastics Canada issued a statement that they believe it is important to continue with plans to host this competition and are looking at options to postpone for up to 4 weeks. Given the fluidity of the current situation, they may need to re-assess that ‘window’ as the COVID-19 situation develops. View full GymCan update.
 
Clubs are Advised to Stay Closed Until Further Notice
AGF member clubs have done an outstanding job of taking proactive measures to help prevent further spread of COVID-19. All member clubs have voluntarily closed their gyms and adjusted programming to ensure full and timely compliance with provincial and federal government recommendations.
 
Due to the current state of emergency in Alberta, and upon recommendation from AGF’s insurance providers (Markel and Toole Peet), all AGF member clubs are strongly advised to keep their facilities closed and not resume gymnastics programming until further notice from AGF. Please be reminded that there is no coverage for members who fall ill due to COVID-19 as per Markel’s Contagion Exclusion.
 
AGF Staff Availability
To help slow the spread of COVID-19, most AGF staff are now working from home. Remote working procedures have been put in place to ensure the efficient operation of our office. All employees can be reached by email or phone from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. View AGF staff contact details.
 

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Alberta Declares State of Emergence | March 17, 2020

Alberta declared a state of emergency under the Public Health Act this afternoon. 

New public health measures are now recommended to limit the time Albertans spend in large crowds and crowded spaces. Effective immediately:

  • all events over 50 people to be cancelled
  • no attendance at rec centres, casinos, bingo halls, bars, theatres and other facilities
  • sit-down restaurants can remain open at lower capacity

Full details available on the Government of Alberta COVID-19 coronavirus info for Albertans webpage

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AGF Update | March 16, 2020

The Government of Alberta announced yesterday afternoon that, effective immediately, it is taking new measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 after cases indicating community spread were identified. These measures include the indefinite closure of all licensed childcare facilities, out-of-school programs and preschool programs. Students are prohibited from attending K-12 schools in Alberta and in-person post-secondary classes have been cancelled. Learn more at alberta.ca/COVID19.

 
While businesses (e.g. gymnastics clubs) have not been mandated to close, some have voluntarily chosen to do so. The Alberta Gymnastics Federation (AGF) advises that member clubs continue to monitor government advisories and ensure compliance with these if choosing to remain open. A number of resources have been added to the AGF COVID-19 Updates webpage to assist.
 
NCCP Course Cancellations Effective Today
During this extraordinary time, there is nothing more important than giving our community the space to be with their friends, family and loved ones. Due to the rapidly changing status of COVID-19, AGF is cancelling all NCCP Courses taking place between today and April 6th. This is in addition to our event cancellations announced on March 13th. The following courses are being impacted:

  • Gymnastics Foundations (Artistic Gymnastics) | March 20 – 21 | Calgary
  • Gymnastics Foundations (Artistic Gymnastics) | March 21, 22 & 29 | Edmonton
  • Gymnastics Foundations (Trampoline) | March 23 | Edmonton
  • Competition 1 (Women’s Artistic Gymnastics) | March 23 – 26 | Calgary
  • Competition Introduction Theory Course | March 26 | Calgary
  • Gymnastics Foundations (Trampoline) | March 28 - 29 | Calgary

Course registrants are being contacted and will be provided with a refund. Any other NCCP Course-related questions or concerns can be directed to AGF’s Education Manager, Gina Peake at education@abgym.ab.ca or 403.212.5727.
Thank you for your ongoing support, understanding and patience during this difficult time as we work together to ensure the well-being of everyone in our community, and mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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Important Update from the Government of Alberta | March 15, 2020

Update on COVID-19 in Alberta from the Chief Medical Officer:
 
Aggressive public health measures are being implemented across the province to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in Alberta. These new measures include:
 
SCHOOLS, POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS
• Effective immediately, student attendance at Alberta schools is prohibited.
• Post-secondary classes are cancelled. Campuses will remain open.
• Every K-12 student will receive a final mark and students will progress to their next grade level next year.
• Provincial assessments, such as provincial achievement tests, will be cancelled.
• Diploma exams essential for post-secondary acceptance will continue. Every student who is eligible to graduate from Grade 12 this year will graduate.
• Government will work with post-secondary institutions to ensure these COVID-19 measures don’t prevent students from being eligible for admission to post-secondary studies for the coming school year.
• Teachers and other school staff are still expected to work, either from home or at their workplace, to ensure the expectations are met. Decisions on how to do this are still to be made.
 
CHILDCARE FACILITY CLOSURES
• All licensed child care facilities, out-of-school care programs and preschool programs are closed indefinitely
• Approved day homes are exempt because they care for fewer than seven children at a time. These programs are encouraged to use enhanced sanitation practices.
 
CONTINUING AND LONG-TERM CARE FACILITIES LIMITATIONS
• Only essential visits to any continuing care or long-term care facility in Alberta are recommended at this time
• Individuals over 60 years old and those with pre-existing health conditions are most at risk of severe symptoms from COVID-19.
• Families and friends of those in these facilities are asked to think of other ways besides visiting that they can support and encourage their loved ones through this difficult time.
 
PLACES OF WORSHIP
• Places of worship are no longer exempted from the recommended restrictions on mass gatherings.
• We understand how this might impact Albertans’ way of life, but this decision has been made to keep us all healthy and safe.
 
NEW CASES
• 17 new cases have been confirmed in Alberta bring the total number of cases to 56.
• Three of the new cases are in the Edmonton zone. Seven of the new cases are in the Calgary zone.
• Two of the new cases identified have been traced to community spread. Seven cases occurred from a single gathering in Calgary.
• All Albertans are strongly encouraged to follow public health guidance and do their part to keep themselves and their communities safe through good hygiene practices, social distancing and other protective measures.
 
MASS GATHERINGS
• Public health officials continue to recommend that all mass gatherings of 250 people or more are cancelled, now including worship gatherings.
• Any event with more than 50 attendees and expects to have international participants, or involves critical infrastructure staff, seniors, or other high-risk populations, should also be cancelled.
For more information on these measures and what it means to you, visit alberta.ca/COVID19.

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COVID-19 Update | March 13, 2020

Due to the Government of Alberta’s ban on all events exceeding 250 people, the Alberta Gymnastics Federation (AGF) is cancelling all AGF sanctioned events between now and April 6th. AGF will continue to monitor the situation daily to determine if events after April 6th need to be cancelled or if alternate arrangements can be made without compromising the safety of our members while in compliance with government requirements.
 
The risk of contracting COVID-19 in Alberta remains low. Events under 250 people that do not involve international attendees, high-risk populations, and critical infrastructure staff are still allowable. However, AGF is recommending that all AGF member clubs cancel any invitationals between now and April 6th, regardless of size.
 
Studies are showing that the public is growing more cautious and avoiding unnecessary public gatherings. Venues are also shutting down which is making it logistically unfeasible to amend plans for some events that would keep them in compliance with government requirements. There is now a confirmed case of COVID-19 within the AGF community which has led to a voluntary gym closure and members having to go into self-isolation.

AGF recognizes that event cancellations will have various financial and personal implications on individual members, member clubs, and provincial and national sporting organizations. For now, AGF has been informed that insurance companies, including Toole Peet, do not cover business interruptions related to pandemics. AGF clubs are encouraged to contact their secondary insurance provider with additional questions.
 
Event Cancellations Effective Today
AGF will determine whether alternate arrangements can be made for cancelled events as we continue to monitor the constantly evolving COVID-19 situation. The following AGF sanctioned events are being cancelled in response to Alberta’s ban:

  • Jurassic Classic / UCIC | March 19 – 22, 2020
  • Northern Zones / Trials to Westerns for Women’s Artistic Gymnastics | March 27 – 28, 2020
  • Southern Zones for Women’s Artistic Gymnastics | April 4, 2020
  • T&T 3rd Cup | April 3 – 5, 2020
  • Acrobatic Provincial Championships | April 4 – 5, 2020

Next Steps
AGF is closely examining the cost and logistical implications for various events.
 
Participation in all activities, including events, is voluntary and up to the discretion of our members. The decision to keep gymnastics facilities open is also up to the discretion of our member clubs so long as clubs comply with Alberta’s ban and requirements.  
 
AGF will continue to update the community via email with major events as they unfold and update this webpage. Again, we thank you for your patience, respect and understanding as we collectively continue to adapt to this ever-changing and unfortunate situation and explore ways to mitigate the impact on our community.

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Alberta Bans All Public Gatherings Exceeding 250 People | March 12 @ 3:30 p.m.

Alberta's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw announced this afternoon that effective immediately all large gatherings of more than 250 people, or international events in the province, are to be cancelled. This includes large sporting events, conferences and community events. It does not extend to places of worship, grocery stores, airports or shopping centres. Any event that has less than 250 attendees and expects to have international participants or involves critical infrastructure staff, seniors or other high-risk populations should also be cancelled. Events of less than 250 that do not meet these criteria can proceed as long as risk mitigation is in place such as sanitizer stations, ensuring there is a mechanism for keeping anyone ill from attending and distancing attendees.  Listen to the full recording of today's announcement. 

Tomorrow (Friday, March 13th) AGF will be evaluating all upcoming events with Alberta's ban and event criteria in mind. More detailed information for members will follow. 

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GymCan COVID-19 Updates Webpage Created | March 12, 2020

GymCan has created a COVID-19 webpage that they are updating anytime there is a change to an international or national event, or when other news of note to our community comes up. The page also includes helpful resources. 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update | March 9, 2020

The Alberta Gymnastics Federation (AGF) is closely monitoring the development and spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). There are currently 7 presumptive cases in our province and the risk of contracting the virus remains low in Alberta and across Canada. As such, there has not been a need to alter any planning for provincial or national competitions. Should anything change, AGF member clubs will be notified immediately.
 
Impact on Alberta Athletes
Currently, the only event cancellation affecting Alberta athletes is that of the Arctic Winter Games which were set to take place in Whitehorse from March 15 - 21. The event was cancelled this past Saturday upon recommendation from Yukon's acting Chief Medical Officer of Health. The event would have drawn about 2,000 athletes from around the world. 
 
Impact on International Competition and Travel
GymCan has strongly recommended refraining from international travel to countries that have been identified as having high outbreaks of the coronavirus. The WAG Jesolo Cup in Italy has been cancelled and other events set to take place in countries identified as having high outbreaks are currently under review. Provided below is a detailed statement and update from GymCan.

 
GymCan Update Regarding COVID 19 and Impact on Programming 
 

Helpful Links
While the risk of contracting coronavirus remains low, all AGF members are encouraged to take the usual precautionary measures associated with the cold and flu season. Below are some links to help you stay healthy and informed:

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RESOURCES & QUICK LINKS

Get it from the source! Here are the top websites to follow for the most current information on COVID-19:

 

ALBERTA GOVERNMENT: EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE & GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE
 

Help at a Glance - Financial Support Options

 
Support for employers and employees

Click here for information about:

  • Corporate income tax changes 
  • Education property tax deferral 
  • WCB premium payment deferral 
  • Utility payment deferral 
  • Job-protection leave 
  • Vacation pay, leave or banked overtime 
  • Employment insurance benefits 
  • Business continuity plans 
 
Alberta Employment Standards - Temporary Layoffs

Employers who want to keep an employment relationship may temporarily lay off an employee. 
Learn more | Employment Standards (COVID-19 Leave) Regulation PDF

 
Alberta Emergency Isolation Support

Effective March 25, 2020, you can apply for a one-time payment of $1,146 from the provincial government if you:

  • Have been diagnosed with COVID-19 
  • Are caring for a dependent who is self-isolating 
  • Have been directed by health authorities to self-isolate 
  • Are not receiving compensation from any other source 

Learn more and apply

 

CANADIAN GOVERNMENT: ECONOMIC RESPONSE PLAN
 
Support for Individuals

Some of the ways that the Government of Canada is assisting individuals during the COVID-19 crisis include:

  • Increasing the Canada Child Benefits this year 
  • Extra time to file income taxes
  • Mortgage support
  • Improved access to Employment Insurance
  • The new Emergency Support Benefit
  • Improved access to Employment Insurance Sickness Benefit
  • The new Emergency Care Benefit
  • Increased goods and services tax credit this year 
  • Enhancing the Reaching Home initiative 
  • Support women’s shelters and sexual assault centres 
  • A new Indigenous Community Support Fund 
  • Eased rules for Registered Retirement Income Funds
  • A moratorium on the repayment of Canada Student Loans

Learn more and apply
 

Support for Businesses

Some of the ways that the Government of Canada is assisting businesses during the COVID-19 crisis include:

  • Extending Work-Sharing program 
  • Providing small business with wage subsidies 
  • Establishing a Business Credit Availability Program 
  • Lowering the Domestic Stability Buffer 
  • Cutting the interest rate 
  • Launch and Insure Mortgage Purchase Program
  • More time to pay income taxes

Learn more and apply
 

PROTECT YOURSELF & YOUR CLUB

 

 

MENTAL HEALTH: SELF CARE

 

OTHER TOOLS & RESOURCES

 
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EVENT CHANGES

Listed below are the upcoming events that have been cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19 concerns. Only events involving AGF members have been included.

Gymnastics Foundations (Active Start) | April 19 | Edmonton, AB
CANCELLED on March 27th
Gymnastics Foundations (Trampoline) | April 18 & 19 | Calgary, AB
CANCELLED on March 27th.
Gymnastics Foundations (Streamlined) | April 18, 19 & 26 | Calgary, AB
CANCELLED on March 27th
2020 Canadian Championships | May 19 - 24 | Gatineau, QC
POSTPONED on March 25thView GymCan announcement
Western Canada Cup (T&T) | June 5 - 7 | Regina, SK
CANCELLED on March 24th
Artistic Provincial Championship | April 17 - 19 | Edmonton, AB
CANCELLED on March 19th
T&T Provincial Championships | April 24 - 26 | Calgary, AB
CANCELLED on March 19th
Gymfest | April 25 - 26 | Calgary, AB
CANCELLED on March 19th
Alberta Compulsory Championships | May 1 - 3 | Lethbridge, AB
CANCELLED on March 19th
2020 Western Canadian Artistic Gymnastics Championships | April 29 - May 3 | Richmond, BC
CANCELLED on March 18th
Gymnastics Foundations (Trampoline) | March 28 - 29 | Calgary
CANCELLED on March 16th
Competition Introduction Theory Course | March 26 | Calgary
CANCELLED on March 16th
Competition 1 (Women’s Artistic Gymnastics) | March 23 – 26 | Calgary
CANCELLED on March 16th
Gymnastics Foundations (Artistic Gymnastics) | March 21, 22 & 29 | Edmonton
CANCELLED on March 16th
St. Albert Spring Flip | March 13 - 15, 2020 > MOVED TO > June 6 - 8, 2020
RESCHEDULED on March 13th.
100% Acro Invitational | March 27 - 28, 2020
CANCELLED on March 13th
The Acrobatic Studio - 100% Gymnaestrada 2020 Performance Event | March 27 - 28, 2020
CANCELLED on March 13th
Acrobatic Provincial Championships | April 4 - 5, 2020 | Sherwood Park, AB
CANCELLED on March 13th
T&T 3rd Cup | April 3 - 5, 2020 | Edmonton, AB
CANCELLED on March 13th.
Southern Zones for Women's Artistic Gymnastics | April 4, 2020 | Calgary, AB
CANCELLED on March 13th.
Northern Zones / Trials to Westerns for Women's Artistic Gymnastics | March 27 - 28, 2020 | Wetaskiwin, AB
CANCELLED on March 13th.
Hollywood Classic | May 9 - 10, 2020 | Calgary, AB
The decision to cancel this event was made on March 9 due to low registration and conflict with another event that was moved to the same weekend. 

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AGF MEMBER CLUB CLOSURES

Last updated on March 19 at 1:30 p.m.

All AGF member clubs have taken action to prevent further spread of COVID-19 by voluntarily closing their gyms in response to the evolving COVID-19 concerns.

  • Acrobatic Studio
  • Airborne Tumbling and Trampoline Club
  • Airdrie Edge Gymnastics
  • Altadore Gymnastic Club
  • Artistique Gymnastics Club and Playschool
  • Ashlin Gymnastics Club
  • Athabasca Flips Gymnastics
  • Athletica Gymnastics
  • Brazeau Gymnastics Club
  • Brooks Gymnastics Club
  • Cactus Gym Club
  • Calgary Acrobatic Gymnastics Centre
  • Calgary Gymnastics Centre
  • Canmore Illusions Gymnastics Club
  • Capital City Gymnastics Centre
  • CAPTivate Gymnastics
  • Cardston Gymnastics Club
  • Carstairs Gymnastics Club
  • Dreams Gymnastics Academy
  • Drumheller Gymnastics Club
  • Dynamyx Gymnastics Club
  • Eclipse Gymnastics
  • Edmonton Acrobatic Gymnastics
  • Edson Tumblers Gymnastics Club
  • Exelta Gymnastics Club
  • Explosion Gymnastics
  • Fairview Gymnastics Club
  • Fort Saskatchewan Gymnastics Club
  • Foothills Gymstars
  • Glenmore Gymnastic Club
  • Grande Prairie Gymnastics
  • Gymtastics Gym Club
  • Hanna Gymnastics Club
  • Horizon Gymnastics Club
  • Jasper Gymnastics Club
  • KIN Gymnastics
  • Lakeland Gymnastics Club
  • Leduc Kanata Gymnastics Club
  • Lethbridge Gymnastics Academy
  • Milk River & District Gymnastics Club
  • Mountain Shadows Gym Club
  • Norfort Gymnastics Association
  • North Edmonton Gymnastics Club
  • North Peace Gymnastics Club
  • Olds Gymnastics Club
  • Ortona Gymnastics Club
  • Pegasus Gymnastics Club
  • Phoenix Gymnastics Centre
  • Pine Valley Gym Centre
  • Ponoka Gymnastics & Trampoline Club
  • Precision Gymnastics
  • Rimbey Gym Club
  • Rocky Flipz Wellness & Learning Centre
  • Royal Glenora Club
  • Salta Gymnastics Club
  • Salto Gymnastics
  • Sexsmith Tumbling Club
  • Slave Lake Gymnastics Association
  • Smoky River Gymnastics Club
  • Southern Alberta Gymnastics Club
  • Spruce Grove Aerials Gymnastics
  • St. Albert Gymnastics Club
  • St. Paul Gymnastics Club
  • Stettler Gymnastics Club
  • Stony Plain Kips Gymnastics
  • Strathmore Gymnastics Club
  • Sundre
  • Taber Gymnastics Fitness Club
  • Three Hills Gymnastics Club
  • Thunder Country Trampoline & Gymnastics
  • Town of Beaumont
  • Twist & Flip Gymnastics
  • University of Calgary Gymnastics Club
  • Valleyview Gymnastics Club
  • Vegreville
  • Viking Gymnastics Club
  • VSTAR - Flippin'Out
  • Wainwright Gymnastics Club
  • West Wind Gymnastics Club
  • Whitecourt Gymnastics Club

 

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