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City reopening Sportsplex weight room; outdoor fitness classes next step

The Campbell River Sportsplex weight room is reopening, but with strict guidelines in place.

The new health and safety measures are designed to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

“We have carefully developed a re-opening strategy that allows our community the opportunity for a safe return to our facility and weight room,” says Michele Sirett, the acting manager of the city’s recreation and culture department. 

“People will notice several changes and be expected to follow new procedures established by provincial authorities to help keep weight room users and our employees healthy.”

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The new guidelines include:

  • The number of people allowed in the weight room will be limited, and use must be booked in advance.
  • Equipment is spaced apart in four different areas, to support appropriate physical distance.
  • Safety signs are posted and additional cleaning supplies are installed for weight room users.
  • Additional cleaning of equipment required before and after use.

Starting June 22nd, you’ll have limited access to the weight room, which will be available in 90-minute time slots, Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Use must be booked in advance, and the reservation system opens today (June 17th). 

You can book a workout space and time here.

Fitness supervisor Mary Fast said many in the community are eager to return to the facility’s weight room.

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“Our fitness community… have sent dozens of emails and messages asking us about opening,” Fast said. “We are eager to welcome them back to safe weight room spaces and help them get in the work out they have been waiting for.” 

To complement weight room access, the City’s Recreation and Culture Department is developing outdoor fitness classes. 

“Building on the popularity of our online classes, we’re now planning for gradual introduction of outdoor fitness classes,” Sirett adds. “These classes will be structured around guidelines and recommendations from provincial authorities, including the BC Recreation and Parks Association and Work Safe BC.”  

Timing for outdoor classes is yet to be determined.

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