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Gyms, fitness centres to open next week in Fraser Health region

People doing cardio training on treadmills at the gym. (Source: iStock)

Some gyms, fitness centres will reopen next week in the Fraser Health region

Facilities will require a plan to mitigate the spread of COVID-19

Last month, gyms, fitness centres were closed to curb the spread of the virus

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A month after being forced to close, privately-run gyms and fitness centres in the Fraser Health region have been given the green light to reopen next week.

The health authority is lifting the order that originally closed the facilities to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Weight training, gymnastics and martial arts facilities, as well as yoga and dance studios will all be able to open their doors starting Tuesday if they implement guidelines to protect people from the virus.

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Plans will need to include how facilities will limit capacity, screen patients by asking if they are experiencing symptoms, keeping up with cleaning measures using approved disinfectants, and ensuring staff are properly screening for virus symptoms as well.

Signage with guidelines will need to be posted.

While initially it was believed gyms wouldn’t be part of Phase 2 of the province’s reopening plan, the provincial health officer said earlier this week that some would be able to reopen, if they meet the requirements.