This space is for updates on the NSFA's activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please check back as the situation develops.
July 27 2020 - Update from the Government of Nova Scotia
Masks will be mandatory in all public indoor spaces as of Friday July 31st. This includes during workouts. The full wording, including allowable exceptions can be found in this NS Government FAQ document re masks.
Please visit the NS Government's COVID page for further details: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/
PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL THE NSFA WITH COMPLAINTS OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS. Direct all questions to the provincial government at the website link above.
June 24, 2020 - Annual Summit and AGM
We are currently working on a virtual event format to replace the Exercise Leadership Summit and Annual General Meeting which was cancelled (twice!) this year due to COVID-19. We are working with our close friends at Fitness New Brunswick to create a program for fitness instructors in all four Atlantic provinces some time in the fall of 2020. Details will be posted by the end of summer so stay tuned!
June 5th, 2020 - Re-opening Gyms & Fitness Studios in Nova Scotia
Video piece from CBC news on re-opening fitness facilities: https://www.cbc.ca/player/play/1746128963715
Please see the letter and document below regarding re-opening. As per the June 3rd update below, the NSFA is NOT taking questions about this process or interpreting the meaning of any of the protocols as we are not the writers of it. Please direct your questions to the NS Gym Owners group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/nsgymowners/.
The letter from Dr. Strang:
The protocol documents (click to download):
Re-opening Update - June 3, 2020
On May 19th, the NSFA was one of many physical activity associations who took part in a video call with Dr. Strang and the Community, Culture, & Heritage Department (CCH). In this call it was stated that industries needed to submit a re-opening proposal to the government via their industry association.
The NSFA represents only instructors, not business entities, but as fitness facilities do not have an association, the NSFA offered to be the conduit for this process until such as time as a group could form to do this. We drafted the proposal with the help of a group of business owners and facility managers who answered the initial call for collaboration. We submitted this proposal to CCH on May 28th. In the mean time, more people joined the discussion, via a Facebook group, and the NSFA has stepped back so that group could evolve. The result is this group has revised and resubmitted this proposal and is now having discussions with government that no longer concern NSFA's mandate nor need our hand for guidance. We got the ball rolling on this process, which is all we were here to do, and we are happy to hand it off to this developing group of business leaders.
The NSFA is no longer directly involved with this process. All conversation is now moved to the NS Gym Owners group on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/nsgymowners/), Please direct all of your questions there. When they receive official word from the provincial government, we will re-post the content here.
On behalf of the NSFA board, I extend our thanks to Santana Anderson, Jason Davis, Greg Simmons and Susan Hardiman for their contributions and leadership to the initial phase of this process.
Terri M. Roberts, NSFA Executive Director.
Teaching Online Insurance Update #3 - May 29, 2020
PLEASE NOTE: This is a new update from HUB International. This replaces previous updates from march 25th and April 2nd. Previous updates have been removed to avoid confusion of what is most current.
Please open & read this document from HUB regarding the insurance coverage for online fitness instruction: Online Training National Fitness-1.pdf
Summit UPDATE April 29, 2020
We have received word from MSVU that they will not be opening for the month of June as per provincial orders. Therefore our Exercise Leadership Summit (#ELS2020) back-up date of June 20th is cancelled.
We have booked October 17th at MSVU for a stripped-down version of the Summit, and the annual Fall Fitness Brunch is cancelled fro 2020. We don't know for sure yet if the October date will happen, we just have it booked in case the campus is open by then. As soon as we get the green light, we'll book presenters and start registration.
Terri & The NSFA Board
COVID-19 Announcement regarding courses & events:
We are sad to announce that Mount St. Vincent University has cancelled all bookings until June 1st, therefore we are cancelling our annual Exercise Leadership Summit (#ELS2020) as well as the Exercise Theory, Group Exercise Leader and Resistance Trainer courses. Course and workshops at other venues might still happen on their scheduled date but students in those programs should be prepared for cancellation as well.
Anyone who wold like their Summit registration refunded, please contact Terri, otherwise we'll see you on June 20th.
Addition - April 2, 2020: Please also see below for the latest update from our insurer, HUB International.
March 25, 2020
Message regarding annual CEC requirement:
Dear NSFA members,
We are extending the usual deadline for Continuing Education Credits. Rather than requiring you complete the CECs in time for the June renewal, the new deadline for CEC completion for this year is December 31, 2020.
Judi Harvey, CEC Manager
PS: Anyone who's CPR renewal is due from March 2020 onward, your new deadline is also Dec 31, 2020.
Online Instructor Training Modules:
For those who intended to take Exercise Theory and other certification courses with us this spring, please visit our sister organization, Manitoba Fitness Council, and see their online store for web-based learning options.
Exercise Information for the general public
Information about Exercise in Nova Scotia during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Gyms, recreation centres, outdoor classes, and private classes or personal training sessions are all closing or being cancelled at different times in various locations. Please contacts the venue of your fitness activity for information, or in the case where the instructor rents the venue, contact the instructor directly.
- Please be careful watching online workout videos or downloading workout programs. Not all people teaching fitness are credentialed for teaching or training. Please vet the presenter before you participate in any workout you find on the internet. If your instructor is a member of our organization, you can verify their certification is current by visiting our Registry page.
- Please consider supporting your favourite NSFA members in their online endeavors. Most fitness industry professionals do not have a single, full-time job with benefits and therefore won't be paid anything right now. Many of us work part-time at several jobs, including freelance work, and are currently missing all or some of our sources of income. Creating online content is currently the only way most of us can make any income.
If they blog, YouTube, podcast, or live stream fitness content please read, watch or listen. Even if you aren't following the workout (or whatever content they provide) let it play through as many of these platforms pay based on how many people see or listen to the content. Please also click on the advertisements as ads are how these platforms generate income to pay the instructor. If they have a Pateron account or are doing crowdfunding please contribute and/or share their accounts on your own social media.
- If you are a non-exerciser and wondering if you can begin exercising while stuck at home during social isolation, please look at the PAR-Q document. If you answer "yes" to any of the 7 questions at the top of the 1st page, you should consult your doctor or a nurse practitioner before you begin to exercise. Please read the full document for details.
This is a standard document used by all NSFA members and our partners in the NFLA in other provinces across Canada.
Online Exercises Videos/Resources from NSFA members:
Please visit the MSVU Fitness Centre on Facebook for exercise videos with Melissa (plays as Facebook videos), or to join Brigitte's online classes via Microsoft Teams https://www.facebook.com/MountFitnessCentre/
The following NSFA members are offering online classes via social media. Please contact them directly via the links below:
The Nova Scotia Fitness Association is a non-profit organization.