COVID19 Response for Training 2020

Safe Return to the Classroom

The AWWOA would like to thank you for your continued patience as we’ve navigated the postponement of classroom training. In response to COVID-19, maintaining the health and safety of operators has been and will continue to be most important.

We have been working hard with our hotels and instructors to develop preventative measures that will keep operators safe and comply with the latest government regulations.

The following safety measures will be in place for fall 2020 classroom training. The Association will continue to update these measures as additional information becomes available.

AWWOA Safety Measures

Reduced Classroom Sizes

-All 2020 fall training will take place with 50% capacity and in compliance with provincial guidelines.

-To reduce the risk of exposure within training facilities and the community, a pre-screening questionnaire will be sent out prior to first date of training.

-Only one student will be permitted to sit per table.

Reduced Physical Contact

-Reduced sharing of common items.

-Course evaluations and completion certificates will be e-mailed following successful course completion.

Hand Sanitizer Provided for Each Student

-To encourage regular hand-washing, each student will be encouraged to use hand sanitizer provided.

-Sanitizing stations will be placed through out hotels and classrooms.

Masks Available*

-To support situations where physical distancing may be a challenge, non-surgical masks will be available and students will be required to wear them in the classroom.

*Effective August 1, 2020, wearing a mask or face covering will be mandatory in all indoor public places.  If you are not able to provide your own mask or covering, the Association will be providing free masks for each day of training.

Changes to Food and Beverage

-To reduce items being touched by multiple people, we are working with hotels to ensure food and beverage items are distributed safely.  This may include indvidually wrapped items, disposable cups and the presence of an attendant.  Sanitizing stations may be set up at these locations as well.

-In most locations, regular water service will be suspended.  Attendees are encouraged to bring their own bottles (check hotel information for any restrictions) and refills will be available with water bottles.

If you are unwell or showing any signs or symptoms, please do NOT attend training sessions.  Registrants can contact the office for rescheduling options.

The following is a brief summary of what students can expect at each location. 

  1. Enhanced cleaning measures. Public hotel surfaces are cleaned and disinfected on a frequent basis throughout the day.
  2. Increased hand-washing. Team members are diligent about hand-washing and hand sanitizer gel is available throughout.
  3. Staff members required to stay home when sick. Hotel staff do not come into work if they are feeling unwell.
  4. Encourage social distancing. Floor indicators, footprint stickers as well as signage may be present throughout.

For more information regarding specific precautions being taken by our host training hotels, please click the following links:

Last updated: August 27, 2020