Despite orders from Interior Health to close on Friday, a West Kelowna gymnasium said it would remain open.
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry issued a public health order on Dec. 22 forcing the closure of gyms and fitness facilities until Jan. 18.
Iron Energy Fitness Center Gym said they “will not comply”.
Back on Saturday, two of Iron Energy’s owners, Cole DaSilva and Brian Mark, spoke to Castanet about their decision to stay open.
“We have done everything the government asked for and yet we are still closing. And honestly for us we currently have 1,300 members. And as owners this gym is not about the owners, the gymnasium is about the limbs, ”he explained. “What really matters to us is the fact that we have 1,300 members who rely on us for their mental health.
“We understand that COVID is a very real thing, and we don’t discredit all of the bad things that happened during the pandemic. But ultimately, I also think you need to look at the other effects that have just closed all. these things. “
According to Mark and DaSilva, Interior Health and the RCMP have asked the gymnasium to close, after it had opened and been in operation over the past week.
“We are going to open. We are aware that an RCMP officer and Interior Health have announced that they are going to fine us and so be it. If this is what it takes to wake up Colombia- British, then we’ll be the first to take it on the chin. “
On Monday morning, the gym took to Facebook to share an update.
“We are open. For our current members – come to the front door, knock and show your member tag. For non-members – we are not accepting new members at the gym today. We will be playing our game. suddenly, and wait for what happens next. Thank you for your patience in these crazy times. “
“PS Bring your phones and get ready to record whatever is going on. If someone shows up at our gym and tries to shut us down, we want them to explode all over the internet. Let’s take our freedom back. Take our back. right to exercise, ”the post said.
The Keep BC’s Gyms Open change.org petition, created by Dylan Ferguson, now has nearly 40,000 signatures.