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Kelowna YMCA centres reopening with social distancing measures

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June 06, 2020 - 10:49 AM

The YMCA locations in Kelowna is reopening its health and fitness centres this month.

The fitness centres will reopen following a phased approach starting June 29, according to the YMCA email. Safeguards will also be in place following social distancing measures.

"An order by Interior Health’s chief medical health officer closing all fitness centres, gyms, yoga studios or similar personal training facilities will be lifted on May 19," an Interior Health news release reads. The order was issued April 2 and will be rescinded in accordance with B.C.'s restart plan.

"This will allow these facilities to re-open as long as they can meet requirements to protect staff and clients against the spread of COVID-19," the release states. Any facility that wishes to reopen must develop a plan based on measures laid out by the provincial health officer.

Guidance for facility operators and for the public related to gyms and other fitness facilities is available on the Interior Health website here.

READ MORE: Interior Health gives the OK for gyms and fitness centres to reopen May 19

The first phase of the YMCA’s opening will focus on health and fitness centres with the hope that swimming pools will be open with limited access in July or August, according to the email.

“Even though we are opening June 29, member payments will not be resuming until July 15. Note that your payment will be on your regular scheduled day of the month,” according to the email.

Additional staff will be returning to work June 8 to support membership inquiries.

For more information, visit the YMCA of Okanagan's FAQ page.

This story was updated at 12:15 p.m. to clarify the location of the Kelowna YMCAs.

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