Many health restrictions in BC are being extended today (Tuesday), but gyms and fitness centers may begin reopening Thursday (January 20).

Dr. Bonnie Henry said companies will be under strict COVID-19 safety plans.

“A lot of this is based on what we learned when we had our step-by-step restart of gyms and gyms in 2020 and 2021.”

The number of people allowed in gyms at the same time will be limited, with rules like 7 square meters of space required between each person, to a maximum of 25 people.

“These new guidelines have been developed and we have worked very closely with the Fitness Industry Council of Canada.”

Masks will be required at all times, except when exercising.

Henry also noted that there should be improved ventilation without fans or heaters, and pre-bookings and time between classes should be considered.

Restrictions were originally due to expire today (Tuesday) and were implemented on December 21, 2021.

The additional measures extended for the province will be reviewed on 16 February and include:

  • no organized indoor social events and gatherings of any size;
  • concerts, sports games and theaters reduced to 50% seating capacity, regardless of venue size;
  • closing of bars and nightclubs;
  • and limiting table sizes in restaurants, cafes and pubs to a maximum of six people per. table with physical distance or barriers.