Residents looking to get active during the COVID-19 pandemic need look no further than the city’s Fall Activity Guide, which includes fitness, arts and culture programming adapted with safety protocols.
City of Kamloops recreation supervisor Linda Stride said most city programming will resume with modifications, including reduced occupancy, new locations, extra cleaning and staff and participant health screening.
“Still lots of family, tot programs,” Stride said. “We’re still offering much of the same, it’s just very modified format.”
Fitness classes usually offered in the fitness studio at the Tournament Capital Centre, for example, have been moved to court space, in order to provide enough space to allow physical distancing.
The city is following recommendation set out by health officials, ViaSport and the BC Recreation and Parks Association. Stride said the city has been working hard on safety plans and protocols and a few classes started this month.
The fall activity guide is the “new launch to the new normal,” she said.
The guide includes options for families and seniors.
Some examples of activities available for kids include dance and music classes. Seniors can join pickleball, gentle fitness classes and chair yoga.
Heritage House will remain closed in the fall. Stride said the city does not have enough staff to open the facility, due to increased cleaning required during the pandemic.
“I think people are ready to be a little more active, so we’re just trying to find safe ways for them to do that,” Stride said.
The activity guide is available now at Kamloops.ca/ActivityGuide.
A hard copy will also be distributed in the Aug. 12 edition of KTW. Copies will also be available for pickup at the Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops City Hall and the Kamloops Museum and Archives after Aug. 12.
Program registration day is Tuesday, Aug. 18 (online at 6:30 a.m., in person at 10 a.m. at the Tournament Capital Centre or Kamloops Museum and Archives).
Due to COVID-19, the city is encouraging residents to register online through PerfectMind, which allows residents to search, register and pay online using any device. Residents are reminded to sign up for a free PerfectMind account prior to registration day for a simplified registration process.