Gyms and fitness centres able to re-open May 19
Gyms and fitness centres in Kamloops and the Interior Health region will be able to reopen after the Victoria Day long weekend.
An order by Interior Health’s chief medical health officer that closed all fitness centres, gyms, yoga studios and similar personal training facilities will be lifted on Tuesday, May 19.
The order, issued April 2, is being rescinded in accordance with phase 2 of B.C.’s Restart Plan.
Gyms and other fitness centres will be able to re-open as long as they can meet requirements to protect staff and clients against the spread of COVID-19.
Any facility wishing to resume operation must develop a plan based on measures laid out by the Provincial Health Office.
Guidance for facility operators and for the public related to gyms and other fitness facilities is now available on the Interior Health website at interiorhealth.ca. Facility operators may also contact their local Environmental Health Office.
Guidelines call for at least one staff member being present when a facility is open, with 240hour unrestricted access suspended. In addition, the number of patrons inside will be limited, with fitness centres urged to move to a booking system.
Patrons will be screened upon arrival and asked if they have COVID-19 symptoms, while space between cardio machines will be increased and/or every second machine will be not in use.
Group classes will not be offered unless participants can remain six feet (two metres) from one another at all times. Basketball courts and similar group sports areas, saunas, hot tubs and steam rooms will remain closed.
Drinking fountains will be closed, although water bottle-filling stations will be permitted if appropriately sanitized. Food service will be prohibited.
In addition, staff at each facility will be tasked with adhering to proper cleaning practices.
Additional guidance for facility operators will come from WorkSafeBC.
Members of the public with further questions may call the non-medical COVID-19 phone line at 1-888-COVID19 (268-4319).