MESSAGE TO COMMUNITY OF RICHMOND HILL CLUB OPERATIONS SUSPENDED, DOORS CLOSED

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As you have likely heard, the province of Ontario announced that indoor fitness facilities will be closed effective Wednesday, January 5th at 12:01 AM until at least January 26th, to further prevent the spread of COVID-19.

 

Squash Ontario and it’s COVID-19 Task Force will be closely monitoring this situation during the coming weeks and will provide a reopening update as soon as possible. As in the past, the RHSC will take its lead from Squash Ontario and York Region Public Health as far as operations and protocols are concerned.

 

This is not at all what we wanted to hear, however, let’s all do our best in the community to follow the science and medical experts and keep as safe as possible.

 

Thank you for your ongoing understanding, patience and cooperation.

 

Wishing you all well, stay active outside where you can, and take care.

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Communications, RHSC

RICHMOND HILL SQUASH CLUB
905.884.6062 | rhsquashclub@gmail.com
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RHSC – Reopening Date & Revised Protocols

Good afternoon squash club members.
As a result of the province entering Step 3, the Richmond Hill Squash Club is now reopened, effective, today Friday, July 16th.

The club, including all courts have now been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized, ready for your return.

This is Great News – while your return to the ‘club experience’ is going to more closely resemble pre-COVID-19 times, there are still some important provisions that you need to know prior to your return. Take a moment to review our required practices and guidelines below.

Club Operations

  • Open hours – back to full normal
  • Fobs have been reactivated for easy entry
  • Online Booking System fully operational

General Club Requirements

  • Operating at 50% capacity during step 3. Please note: this should not result in any noticable difference during your normal club visits (especially during the summer months)
  • Masks or face covering must be worn at all time within the club; exceptions – while on court, in the gym, or using showers
  • 2-metre physical distancing must be practised at all times within the club; exceptions – on court or using showers
  • The club will have the required Covid Safety Plan posted, please take note
  • When entering, self screening/sign-in is required (use the sign in sheet or QR Code sign-in on your phone – exactly the same procedure as prior to the last shut down (details posted inside front door)

Playing Singles and Doubles Squash

  • Normal singles and doubles play is permitted
  • All members playing must be signed in via advance online booking
  • No mask required while on court
  • No pods/teams necessary
  • Court markings or physical distancing on court no longer required
  • Coaching permitted without any mask requirements for either players or coaches
  • Sanitizing spray bottle and/or wipes is available outside of each court for members to use on the door/handle on entering & exiting
  • Additionally, the club will be cleaned 3 times per week.

Fitness Centre

  • Open, can be used without a mask
  • Sanitizing spray bottles and wipes available as you enter the gym. Use to clean/sanitize equipment after use
  • Additionally, cleaned end of each day
  • Multiple members can use the gym as long as 2 metres physical distancing is maintained

Locker Room & Shower Area

  • Mask still required when moving around the locker room, except in shower
  • Full locker room and shower access is available
  • Towel service in the locker room will resume

 

As protocols evolve we will stay up to date with all new announcements around protocol amendments and advise you as they arise.

If you have any questions, see email contacts below:
rhsquashclub@gmail.com | j.quance@rogers.com

We hope you enjoy your return to the Richmond Hill Squash Club and remind you to remember — many of us have been absent from any meaningful/strenuous exercise for an extended period, so we should all start slow and move about the court carefully.

On behalf of your Board of Directors, we wish you a HUGE ‘welcome back’.
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Communications, RHSC

RICHMOND HILL SQUASH CLUB
905.884.6062 | rhsquashclub@gmail.com
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A Way Forward is Becoming Clearer for the Richmond Hill Squash Club Reopening

We trust you are finding some time to enjoy the beginning of Ontario’s warmer summer weather.

Making the Best of Our Great Outdoors
Gentle warm breezes are here. Perhaps a weekend family picnic, a brisk walk in the park, participating in some allowable much needed outdoor sports. Finally, the weather is our friend!

Indeed, some of our attention is surely turning away from the sport we like most –

– S Q U A S H –

While this is a little bit true, please know the Board of Directors continue to be focused on bringing us all back to our much missed on-court experiences as soon as possible.

Is there a Plan
The province has issued a 3-Step COVID-19 Reopening Plan. At the heart of the strategy are Key Health Indicators (KHI) that will drive our progress to move through the steps as briskly as possible and to get us back to ‘life as normal’ as soon as possible.

Step-1 is scheduled to begin around June 14th. Based on KHI status in the province right now (i.e. looking at the metrics), this date could very well be advanced and ‘possibly’, the start dates for subsequent Step-2 and Step-3 could also be moved up (no guarantees at this point, but things are looking very favorable today, June 2nd).

When can Squash Resume
Indoor sports including squash will likely resume as part of Step-3. So, later in the summer. As the month of June and early into July play out, we will have a much more definitive understanding of what our Return to Play (RTP) will look like. We expect to hear from the Province, Local Public Health and Squash Ontario in order to confirm Step-2 and Step-3 allowable indoor activities, possible restrictions & guidelines, vaccination parameters and most importantly, a more definitive Step-3 start date.

Until then, we are very optimistic squash will return in the summer, the sooner the better, obviously.

For all the details on Ontario’s 3-Step Reopening Plan, go to:

https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario

Does the RH Squash Club’s Have a Return to Play Plan
We share everyone’s disappointment in the disruption to our squash activities over the past several months.
We are committed to getting you back on court as soon as possible. We will distribute the RTP Plan for our club as soon as we have definitive guidance from health officials and Squash Ontario. While getting you back to playing the game we all love is a top priority, we are equally determined to doing it in the safest way feasible.

Summer in Canada is Short, Enjoy Every Moment
In the meantime, we wish you a happy, healthy summer. We continue to encourage you to get vaccinated if you can when it’s your turn (first & second doses) and stay active in safe ways.

Kind regards to our good friends.
Staying active, staying positive is the call of the day,
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Communications, RHSC

RICHMOND HILL SQUASH CLUB
905.884.6062 | rhsquashclub@gmail.com
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RH 2020 Volunteer & Milestone Awards – ‘We’re a Recipient’

Good afternoon Richmond Hill.
This past week, we attended Richmond Hill’s 56th Annual Volunteer & Milestone Awards. As you would expect, the event was conducted ‘virtually’, but the celebratory energy and excitement was nonetheless, electric! This event is very important in Richmond Hill. Our club was honored with a Milestone Award in recognition of 50 years of service in Richmond Hill.

(Image Above) – RHSC President, Mustafa Salemwalla, Accepts 50th Anniversary Milestone Award

At the squash club, we all need to take a bow knowing we have been serving the community for more than 50 years with valuable fitness and fun, fun, fun. We thank our late Founder, Douglas Allen for starting something special back in 1970. Today, we thank our members for their continuing support in helping to sustain a unique community-based organization with glowing amounts of community-spirited fellowship.

‘When it’s time to celebrate together, count on it, we will!’

The full video of the virtual ceremony will be shared soon and when safe to do so, will again be featured at our regrettably postponed…..

50th Anniversary Gala Event

You will see how our squash club was recognized online by City officials and how other local organizations & very special individuals were honoured for their important contributions to the Richmond Hill community.

To all our members and the community, we continue to encourage you to stay positive during our present-day challenges. Be active in safe ways; we hope to see you very soon.
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RH Squash Club
Mustafa Salemwalla, President
Jim Quance, Communications Director

RICHMOND HILL SQUASH CLUB
905.884.6062 | rhsquashclub@gmail.com
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Challenges Like We Have Never Seen Before

Good afternoon Squash Club Members and City of Richmond Hill Residents

We wanted to check in with you, just hoping everyone is okay, and to let you know the RHSC Board of Directors is thinking about our members and the community during these troubling times.

Latest news with further restrictions is troubling but likely very necessary to get us through this ‘once in a lifetime’ condition. Other clichés have been said before so nothing further to add here. We hope you will find the coming weeks manageable in following the protocols that are now in front of us. It will be challenging, no question, but we can do it!

We encourage everyone to stay positive as possible as difficult as it sometimes will be. Follow the guidelines, stay active in safe ways and look to the future for better days to come.

If you have any questions about our club, if you need assistance in some way, or you would like to provide feedback to the Board of Directors, please do not hesitate to let us know.

rhsquashclub@gmail.com

We wish you and your family well, please take care.

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Board of Directors, Communications

RICHMOND HILL SQUASH CLUB
905.884.6062 | rhsquashclub@gmail.com
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Temporary Closure In Effect “Saturday, April 3rd/12:01 AM”

The Ontario government has issued a province-wide shutdown order starting Saturday and running for at least the next 4 weeks. Unfortunately for the Richmond Hill Squash Club, effective Saturday, April 3rd, this means we must close our facility until further notice.

We will keep members and the community informed of any changes from the Province and local Public Health that may affect future reopening plans and possible further restrictions for ‘return to play’.

We encourage you to stay active in safe ways, and to monitor the club’s Facebook page & Squash Ontario’s website for exercise, health & wellness suggestions during these unusual, stressful times.

https://www.facebook.com/RichmondHillSquashClub
https://www.squashontario.com/

To Our Members and the Community:
thank you for your continued support and cooperation. We wish you, your families and the community good health and safety through these unusually difficult times.
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Board of Directors, Communications

RICHMOND HILL SQUASH CLUB
905.884.6062 | rhsquashclub@gmail.com
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Thank You to Our Digital Partner

Patricia Riveron | Digital Marketing Specialist

Web Design, Facebook & Google Manager

Phone: (647) 551 7141  

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THANKS TO OUR ONLINE PARTNER

RHSC is thrilled to share great news with our home town community

The Richmond Hill Squash Club has been honoured with a ‘Milestone Anniversary Certificate’ from the City of Richmond Hill for 50 years of service in our community.
While we are presently operating in challenging, unprecedented, but temporary times, the club’s history of growth and the journey is what has delivered us to where we are today —

Healthy Success, Wellbeing, Prosperity

Amazing Past, Even Better Future

A vibrant, thriving sports facility in north GTA, we continue to be well positioned for the future. For families, men & women, juniors, couples & partners, doubles and singles play, recreational and competitive, we’re the squash club for today and tomorrow.
 

Storied History

We encourage you to read about the club’s history and the many growth milestones that brought us to where we are today. A fun, informative read, 5 minutes and you’re right up the curve on our treasured story.
Click on ‘about us‘, ‘history‘ for all the details.
 

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

See the photo below — the Certificate that will be presented to the RHSC on April 20th by the City of Richmond Hill (virtual presentation).

Richmond Hill Squash Club
1970-2020 
Celebrating 50 years of HITS
 

Names Behind the Scenes

At this time, we want to acknowledge the dedication, commitment and contribution of today’s Board of Directors. We are a squash club not often duplicated. Run by a group of volunteers who love squash and are delighted to donate their time in order to enhance your every experience at the Richmond Hill Squash Club.
  • Mustafa Salemwala (President)
  • Don Pocock
  • Jim Quance
  • Duncan Peake
  • Robert Dube
  • Kathleen Crosbie
  • Brenda Garel
  • Luch DiSerio
  • Thang Le
  • Marco Wong
  • Victor Lobo
  • David Gee
 

Spring & Summer are on the Way

To our local community – we hope you and your family are safe & healthy and we join with you in getting back to as normal as possible as soon as we can. As always, if you have any questions or comments about our club, please let us know. 
 
So, join with us and bask in the glow of 50 amazing years, hold your breath for the next 50 !
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RHSC Communications
RICHMOND HILL SQUASH CLUB
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rhsquashclub@gmail.com | 905.884.6062

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THANKS TO OUR ONLINE PARTNER

Good morning Squash Club Players and Members of the Community.

Linked is the “Return to Play Guidelines” that Squash Ontario has provided. This set of protocols guide the operation of our squash club in order to help keep members and the community safe during these challenging times.
If you have any questions about the Guidelines or the Richmond Hill Squash Club, please let us know.
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RHSC Communications
RICHMOND HILL SQUASH CLUB
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rhsquashclub@gmail.com | 905.884.6062

Richmond Hill Squash Club Returns to ‘RED Control’ Classification – February 23, 2021

Good evening RH Squash Club Members.
With the approval of the Province and Local Public Health, we have been advised that York Region is returning to the Red-Control Zone, effective February 22nd.

Consequently, the Richmond Hill Squash Club is able to reopen, effective Tuesday, February 23rd. You will recall, the Red-Control Zone level of health safety protocols is what was imposed back in November 2020, before York entered ‘Stay at Home’ status.

We must stress to all members, the present COVID-19 Pandemic remains a very serious and ongoing health issue and everyone must continue to exercise extreme caution and follow all the protocols when going about their adjusted daily routine.

Playing Squash at the Richmond Hill Squash Club under Red-Zone Conditions

1. Game Play

  • No regular on court game play is permitted, unless players are in the same household
  • Drills are permitted among members in same pod
  • During drills, players must maintain distance of at least 2 meters
  • Courts will be marked with allowed zones; you must adhere to your zone
  • Solo practice is permitted, singles and doubles

2. Coaching

  • Coaches must maintain a distance of at least 2 meters and wear a mask

3. Staying Safe

  • It is required that everyone wear certified eye-wear and a mask when on court
  • While in the club, members must maintain two-meter physical distancing at all times

4. Guests & Spectators

  • No guests nor spectators are permitted
  • Exemption for children who can be accompanied by one parent/guardian

5. Playing in Pods Only

  • Maximum 10 players per pod – members can only be in one pod/team at a time and can change a maximum of once per month
  • ‘sign up’ for pod play is on the bulletin board at the club (must be strictly adhered to)

Ongoing Safety Protocols

In addition to the above Red classification requirements, members MUST follow these additional protocols-

  1. Arrive 5 minutes before your booked court time, no earlier
  2. Sign in on every visit, instructions are the same as before, follow sign in procedure posted at front door entrance
  3. Advance booking only, no drop ins (courts are available on a ‘staggered basis only’ to minimize exposure to others, see online booking)
  4. Wear a mask/face covering at all times while in the club
  5. Wipe down the court door handle with sanitizer on arrival and again on departure
  6. When on court, avoid touching the walls at all times and stay 2 meters apart while doing drills with another player
  7. Maintain 2 meter physical distance while in the club at all times
  8. Change rooms, showers and saunas are closed. Washrooms are open
  9. Use hand sanitizer generously to clean your hands while at the club
  10. When your booked court time is expired, LEAVE the club promptly (this is very important for air quality safety)

If we want to keep members and families and the community safe, and we want to keep the club open, we must strictly follow these protocols on every visit.

Stay safe and mindful of the guidelines.

Thank you for your cooperation.
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RHSC Communications

RICHMOND HILL SQUASH CLUB
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Fun in a Different Way for Our Members

Unfortunately, due to ongoing Local Public Health Restrictions, the RHSC must stay closed for a little longer.
But, we just can’t wait to see all our members again. No, no, no, we really, really CAN’T WAIT. So, we’re getting a little nimble, getting creative and planning to have some fun doing it.

Save the Date: Saturday, February 20th 5pm – 615pm

Event: ‘Zoom Virtual Scavenger Hunt’

Together, but Apart:

What’s Next:
Let us know if you would like to join our Squash Club Family for this great online event and we’ll send you:

  • Zoom Invitation
  • Simple Instructions on how to participate in this fun-filled scavenger hunt event

Email us at rhsquashclub@gmail.com or j.quance@rogers.com by February 12th and tell us ‘you’re in.’

Until then, stay warm and active in safe ways.

Let us know if you’ll be joining in on the fun, email us today!


RHSC Communications Department


RICHMOND HILL SQUASH CLUB
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