Gyms and organized sports will be able to resume in all of Quebec as of March 26.
During a Friday afternoon press conference, Minister for Education and Minister responsible for the Status of Women, Isabelle Charest, announced that gymnasiums, sports complexes, and fitness centres will be permitted to reopen as of Friday, March 26.
Charest said the activities should be practiced individually, safely, and in a family bubble.
“It’s the first phase of deconfinement and it’s a start,” she said. “Other steps will follow if all goes well. The most important thing is that our young people will finally be able to find their teammates.”
When it comes to gyms, training can be done individually or in a family bubble, said Charest.
Outdoor sports will be able to resume outdoors in red zones, with a maximum of eight people, and a maximum of 12 people in orange zones.
On annonce aujourd’hui la reprise progressive de la pratique sportive et récréative au Québec. Pour tous les détails, suivez notre conférence de presse en direct 👉 https://t.co/AOWPEXgaHC
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Charest stressed that Quebecers “must go gradually” and said COVID-19 protocols will be present in all establishments.
Under the government’s new plan, all indoor sports facilities in red zones —including gyms — will only allow training in pairs or with people from the same household.
In orange zones (where gyms and fitness centres are already permitted to reopen) eight people will be allowed to train together indoors.
Competitions and games will still be off-limits in both red and orange zones across Quebec. Charest says the government’s plan is to slowly lift measures and allow for a gradual return to competitive sports as vaccinations begin to ramp up across the province.