While yoga studios and fitness facilities remain closed due to provincial health restrictions, a handful of boxing gyms plan to open in British Columbia in the coming days.
On Instagram, Box 2 Fit said its White Rock and Cloverdale locations will reopen at 50% capacity on January 5 and 10, respectively.
Langley’s 30 Minute Hit site also plans to reopen Jan. 5 at mid-capacity, according to its Facebook page.
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The owners of the facilities declined interviews on Monday, but said they were in full compliance with public health orders.
In its Facebook post, 30 Minute Hit in Langley said it consulted directly with the local provincial health authority.
Reached by Global News, Fraser Health said it was still confirming whether boxing gyms had been allowed to reopen because they fell under the category of “sport” – not “fitness or exercise,” which is prohibited at the interior for adults.
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Last month, Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health official Dr. Bonnie Henry ordered gyms and yoga studios to close until at least January 18.
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The measure was taken to curb the spread of COVID-19, including the highly transmissible variant Omicron.
The decree specifies that “physical conditioning or individual and group exercises in a room for adults” are not authorized, but “other sporting activities which normally take place in a sporting environment may continue”.
This includes adult indoor sports or recreation programs as long as they do not exceed 50 percent of the facility space, as well as individual activities such as swimming and skiing.
The Department of Health did not respond to a request for comment on this story.
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Since the new measures took effect, several owners of gym, yoga and dance studios in British Columbia have expressed frustration with the new rules. They are denouncing what they say is a lack of evidence showing COVID-19 has spread within their walls.
“If this data was proven and provided, we might be able to better understand why we were targeted, but that’s not fair,” Jen Hamilton, CEO of Oxygen Yoga and Fitness, said Monday.
“We’ve had so many of our members come and ask us, begging us to open our doors because they don’t have an outlet. “
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Hamilton said she had not heard of the reopening of boxing gyms, but is seeking more clarity from the province on the rules.
“All we’re looking for is a level playing field with every company in this industry,” she explained.
She has spent thousands of dollars outfitting her studios for courses safe for COVID-19, she added, and some of her franchisees have been forced to find other jobs to pay the bills while the studios shut down. .
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