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BREAKING – Bars and Nightclubs Remain Closed Through February 16 – Gyms Reopen January 20

Victoria (with files from BCIT Journalism) – A break for gym rats and those concerned that the recent COVID restrictions on work out facilities were not helping mental health.

COVID restrictions in place since Christmas time will be relaxed for some and stay in place for others.

Bars and nightclubs to remain closed through February 16, with 50% capacity limits in place.

The policy to be reassessed then.

Gyms to reopen Thursday January 20 with enhanced safety measures in place.

From Anita Huberman, Surrey Board of Trade:

The province of B.C. has announced a gradual reopening for gyms and fitness centres on January 20. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said the reopening will be based on strict COVID-19 safety plans, including occupancy limits based on seven square metres per person, up to a maximum of 25 people per space. Masks must be worn at all times with the exception of when someone is exercising, however, Henry said it’s best to keep your mask on when exercising if you can. There will be no changes to the B.C. vaccine card program. The province has extended all other restrictions including the 50% capacity limit for all venues, and keeping bars and clubs closed, until they’re reviewed February 16.

More to come.

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