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.
Gyms and fitness centres in the @Fraserhealth region are being given the green light to reopen. Health authority lifting the order that closed them last month because of #COVID_19. They’ll be able to reopen next Tuesday, if they meet requirements to protect ppl. @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/wFaQNegoAb
— Monika Gul (@MonikaGul) May 15, 2020
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.