Stakeholders in Manitoba’s fitness industry are eager to be allowed to operate sooner rather than later as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact gyms and other fitness-related businesses.
Winnipeg gym owner and trainer Dino Camire created fitnessmanitoba.com, a website advocating for dozens of independently owned gyms that hope to reopen as soon as possible.
Manitoba gyms are currently allowed to hold classes outdoors with a cap of 10 people and each person bringing their own equipment.
Camire, however, told 680 CJOB that if big box stores like Walmart can operate indoors with thousands of patrons a day, gyms should be able to do the same with extra precautions to keep things safe.
“I feel that small fitness centres owned and operated by the owners who are in the facilities have the capacity to do the same thing,” said Camire. “We can wipe equipment down between uses, we can direct our members to keep things clean, to wash their hands frequently.
“We’re implying that there is something inherently risky about exercising indoors using equipment, but I believe that if things are kept clean and we use appropriate physical distancing that there is no increased risk.”
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