COVID-19 Statements

Updated February 26, 2021

The province has announced that Southwestern a health unit is moving to the Orange health alert status on Monday, March 1st.  With this announcement we can now welcome members residing in health units that are in Green, Yellow and Orange alert status. The following rules and restrictions will apply.

Club AccessMembers Only.

Reservations are required via the web site.  Each player must reserve.  Note that members are NOT reserving a court but are reserving one of the 10 allowable “person slots” for a given time period. 
The club is open for recreational play (7 days a week) as per the reservation tool.  Members will have to take a self screening test before registering. This is available online and on the club entrance door.
Face CoveringsMandatory – in all areas of the facility except the courts when competing and training.
DistancingPhysical distance of at least 2m from every other person must be maintained; when on court there should be no contact and every effort to maintain 2m physical distancing should be made.
Facility CapacityA maximum of 10   persons in the court areas.A maximum of 10 persons in the lounge areas. (Maximum 90-minute duration).A maximum of 20 persons in the facility.
Type of PlayRecreational Singles and doubles play is permitted with no contact but limited to the 10-person limit.
Leave at least one empty court between doubles play.
CoachingPrivate and club supplied coaching. (Students and parents/guardians are limited by facility capacity limits.)   No contact

As Ontario continues to reopen, the club will relax restrictions to align with government and public health guidelines. 

Updated February 13, 2021

The provincial government has announced that the Southwestern health unit will be moving to the “Red – Control” alert status on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.  We expect that the region will remain in this status for two weeks. This announcement permits the Woodstock Badminton Club to re-open.   The Red – Control alert status however does require a number of restrictions.

Club AccessMembers Only
Reservations are required via the web site.  Each player must reserve.  Note that members are NOT reserving a court but are reserving one of the 8 allowable playing slots for a given time period.   The club is open 7 days a week for recreational play as per the reservation tool. Members must take a self screening test before registering and before entering the club.
Face CoveringsMandatory – in all areas of the facility except the courts when competing and training.
DistancingPhysical distance of at least 2m from every other person must be maintained; when on court there should be no contact and every effort to maintain 2m physical distancing should be made.
Facility CapacityA maximum of 8 persons in the court areas. A maximum of 10 persons in the lounge areas at any one time A maximum of 10 persons in the facility.
Type of PlayRecreational Singles Play only
CoachingIn-person singles and doubles instruction/training permitted with a maximum of 10 people including coaches.   Games, scrimmage, sparing will be permitted for singles training sessions only. There must not be any games, scrimmage, nor sparing for doubles training sessions; doubles training sessions may only be strictly drill.

The club will open on Tuesday February 16th for singles play only.

Please note, that to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard health system capacity, Ontarians are strongly urged limit trips between health regions for essential reasons only. For this reason, members residing in health units with a Red or Grey alert (risk) status are not permitted to use the facility.

Saj will be in touch with member taking part in the skills development (coaching) program.

The website booking tool will be opened on Sunday February 14th for reservations. Please ensure that you take the self screening test before making your reservation and again on the days you enter the club.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind members that the non-programmed time slots (off hours) are available for either sport and may result in both sports being played at the same time on different courts.  When making an off-hour reservation please precede your name with a P (for pickleball) or B (for Badminton) so that other people making a reservation can see who and what sport has already been booked.  This provides members with an informed decision in the event that they choose to not want to play under these conditions. 

Booking of time slots is on a first come basis.

Members should not come to the club if they answer “yes” to any of the questions in the COVID-19 screening questionnaire.

Facial coverings are mandatory within our facility.  It is the duty of all members and employees of WBC to ensure this policy is implemented and adhered to. The scope of this guideline is as follows: 

  • Persons who enter or remain in the indoor public space of the WBC facility must wear a face covering that covers the nose, mouth, and chin. 
  • Best efforts shall be made to ensure that persons entering the facility are wearing a face covering. Remind those entering the facility that they must wear a mask.
  • The face covering must be worn inside the WBC lounge at all times. 
  • The face covering may temporarily be removed in the court area when members are competing or performing physical activity where wearing a face covering would inhibit the person’s ability to breathe.

Persons who cannot safely wear a face covering for medical reasons (such as, but not limited to, respiratory disease, cognitive difficulties or difficulties in hearing or processing information.) are requested to wear a face shield.

While at the club members must follow good hygiene practices.

  • Avoid physical contact with players (eg. handshakes, fist pumps, elbow bumps). 
  • Sanitize hands often before and after each game, for at least 20 seconds.
  • Use disinfecting spray bottles to sanitize equipment   before, and after games. 
  • Sanitize your hands before and after utilizing the security pad.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Avoid touching hands to face
  • Use a clip-on towel or sweat bands to wipe face
  • Cough and sneeze into tissue, and dispose safely
  • Players should bring their own water bottles. Please take your used water bottles with you.  The water fountain will be closed.
  • Protective eye wear is recommended.
  • Please refrain from using areas of the club that are marked closed (eg. change rooms and showers).