The Provincial Health Order restricting travel, gatherings, and more in BC for two weeks have been updated to include shutting down several other types of fitness facilities across the province.

Originally, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry ordered high-intensity interval training studios, hot yoga classes, and group indoor spin classes to shut down until at least December 7, to reduce transmission of COVID-19.

See also: Asked and answered: Your questions about BC’s new COVID-19 restrictions

This order has been updated as of November 24, to include the following types of fitness activities:

  • Gymnastics
  • Dance studios
  • Martial arts
  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Cheerleading

According to updated rules, these activities are to be put on pause at least until the province develops new guidance to allow them to continue safely.

This guidance, highlighting how facilities offering group indoor physical activities can operate during the pandemic, is expected to become available later this week or early next week.

Gyms and recreation facilities providing individual workouts and personal training sessions can remain open as long as they follow COVID-19 guidelines.

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