Staying active and working out has never felt more essential, but it also feels more difficult than ever.
Along with all sporting leagues and facilities, most local gyms have closed or been affected in major ways as well.
Three of the five gyms in and around Fort St. John have closed their doors until the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic improves and public health protocols change.
Goodlife Fitness was the first to close, on March 16. Prevail Athletics and Gators Gym both followed suit, with Prevail closing on March 19, and Gators closing on March 20.
Both gyms tried to stay open as long as possible through different ways — Gators was open to members only while Prevail cancelled all exercise classes — but ultimately both announced they were unable to remain open under B.C. restrictions and guidelines.
Prevail has frozen all membership payments while they are closed.
But not all fitness centres have closed.
The Gym has stayed open with the goal of giving a sense of normalcy and ability to work out and stay positive in this time. Owner Jeni Briscoe has been diligent in making sure there are never more than 25 people present at one time, but said the most she is getting is around 10, and often less.
She and her staff have been bleaching and cleaning stations and equipment every hour in effort to ensure people are able to work out in a safe environment.
The Shed Health and Fitness Centre in Taylor, which operates by use of swipe card, has remained open with minimal staff, allowing people to enter and workout as they wish as long as they’re cleaning stations and equipment before and after use.
“We’ve left it up to each individual member. If they want to postpone their membership then we are happy to do so. But if people want to still come in that option is available,” said owner Curtis Rogers.
Rogers noted that most people are choosing to stay home.
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