The Vancouver Park Board still doesn’t have a timeline for when gyms and fitness facilities within community centres will open with coronavirus precautions, a spokesperson told Daily Hive Thursday.
The province allowed gyms to reopen on May 15, and many privately owned fitness businesses in Vancouver have opened since then. Popular gyms including Trevor Linden, Anytime Fitness, the YMCA of Greater Vancouver, and Gold’s Gym have all reopened, and so have many yoga, spin, and dance studios.
But passholders with City-run gyms still don’t know when they can get back to pumping iron.
“We do not have a timeline as to specifically when community centres (and fitness facilities within them) could reopen safely, however our staff are working on a plan,” Christine Ulmer with the Park Board said in an email.
In the Park Board’s reopening plan, reopening fitness centres is in Phase 3 of a four-phase plan. Spray parks, another item in Phase 3, have already reopened. But most others, including indoor pools and the Bloedel Conservatory, remain closed.
“The Park Board is taking a thoughtful and phased reopening and recovery approach in alignment with the BC Restart Plan,” Ulmer said.
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The Vancouver Public Library said some branches will reopen in mid-July, although the Park Board has not said when community centres will reopen.
BC officially moved to Phase 3 of its province-wide reopening plan on Wednesday, meaning leisure travel around the province is now allowed. The province has gradually been reopening its economy since coronavirus-related restrictions were imposed in March.