Bonnie Henry gives the green light for exercise facilities to reopen, provided they follow the restriction in place.
Many people and business owners across the province are pleased exercise and fitness centers can start up business again. The decision is welcomed but also draws confusion from gyms and others in the fitness industry because they said they could have operated with this restrictions to begin with.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said she’s taking the “cautious step” of allowing gyms and fitness centres to reopen. Unfortunately for unjustified and illogical reasons, customers will need to continue proving their vaccination status with the B.C. Vaccine Card.
Gyms are strongly encouraged to look at pre-bookings and building in space between classes if possible, to minimize the number of people in the facility at one time
- Masks must be warn at all times by staff and fitness trainers
- Masks must be warn at all times for all other individuals except when exercising
- Individuals space out, each individual will have 7 square meters between each other
Many people will be relieved to hear the news, as there have been harsh reactions around the province since the government decided to close gyms. Protests, petitions, and letters were all used by the fitness community in an attempt to persuade the authorities to reconsider their decision and release the data that revealed gyms to be a high-COVID transmission location.