Gyms have been given the green light to reopen next week, Island Health has announced.
The health authority ordered all indoor gyms and fitness facilities to close in early April due to concerns of transmitting COVID-19.
Health officials said in a statement on Friday (May 15) that the closure order will be lifted effective May 19, in line with the provincial government’s multi-phase plan to reopen B.C.’s economy.
Fraser Health and Interior Health released nearly identical guidelines, as well. Vancouver Coastal Health and Northern Health never placed orders for gyms to close.
There are requirements that must be addressed before gym owners can welcome back fitness enthusiasts, including developing a written COVID-19 mitigation plan.
On Friday, the health authority released guidelines curated by WorkSafeBC, which include limiting occupancy, adding signage, screening arriving clients and enhancing cleaning protocols.
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