GoodLife Fitness and YMCA gyms will open in Toronto this weekend

Nov 13 2020, 9:27 pm

GoodLife Fitness Clubs and YMCAs across Toronto will begin welcoming members back to their gyms for indoor workouts tomorrow.

The city was moved into the red “control” level of Ontario’s new COVID-19 framework earlier this week, with further restrictions imposed by Dr. Eileen de Villa, Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health.

Under the new rules, gyms are allowed to open with up to 10 people at a time. Fitness classes will not be allowed to resume, per de Villa’s orders.

Jason Sheridan, Senior Vice President of Operations for GoodLife Fitness, confirmed in an emailed statement that their Toronto clubs will reopen on November 14 with the reduced capacity mandated under the red control level.

The general workout floor will be temporarily limited to 10 people, and members will be required to wear a mask at all times, except while actively exercising.

Workout sessions will be available in one-hour blocks, and each will be followed by a 30-minute clean and reset of the club, Sheridan said. All locations will require an appointment, GoodLife said.

“We acknowledge the inconvenience these changes may cause our Members, but we remain committed to continuing to do our part to meet or exceed public health measures, and to ensure the health and safety of our Members and Associates,” Sheridan said.

In a tweet, YMCA of the GTA announced that they would begin offering some indoor fitness options on Saturday, while still following strict public health recommendations.

They will also be offering outdoor fitness classes.

Ontario reported 1,396 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, 440 of which are in Toronto. Thursday’s 1,575 was the highest single-day count of new cases since the pandemic began.

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