City of Powell River will resume some indoor group fitness classes at Powell River Recreation Complex after provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry issued new restrictions and orders on November 19.
“We are now able to move forward with many of our other low-impact classes, such as gentle yoga, sensible strength and drums alive,” stated manager of recreation Neil Pukesh in a media release. “Under the order, spin, hot yoga and high-intensity interval training are cancelled at least until the new restrictions expire on December 7.”
Programs such as pickleball and table tennis are also cancelled due to physical distancing requirements, according to the release. Powell River Kings and minor hockey are not allowed to host games but practices can continue under stipulated protocols.
Masks are now mandatory in all public and common areas within the complex, the release stated.
“We’re very fortunate that we have the space in our facility to offer these programs in a large and safe environment,” stated Pukesh. “We’re able to utilize the rink dry floor and separate it into two large areas that provide sufficient physical distancing between patrons while exercising. Markers have been placed on the floor that ensure participants remain two metres apart, and separate entrances and exits are being used to ensure smooth traffic flows both at the complex and Dwight Hall, where yoga classes are set to resume.”
In addition to these measures, the city recently purchased an electrostatic fogging machine to ensure all equipment and facilities receive a thorough cleaning throughout the day and every night, according to the release.
“We’ve invested in this equipment because we know how important public safety is and we wouldn’t be operating these programs if we didn’t feel that we had the means or tools to operate safely,” stated Pukesh. “Many people are excited that we’ve been able to bring these programs back in a safe manner and we’ll continue to stay on top of any further announcements or restrictions so that people can continue to get exercise in a safe environment.”
Residents can refer to the parks, recreation and culture website at powellriverprc.ca or Facebook page for schedule details, or call 604.485.2891 to register by phone. All programs must be registered for in advance.