The brand new restrictions to assist cease the unfold of COVID-19 and the Omicron model in BC embrace the closure of gyms and health services till not less than January 18, 2022.
Sarah Hodgson, chair of the Canadian Health Trade Council, stated Tuesday’s announcement got here as a shock to her.
“Now we have labored carefully with the provincial authorities over the previous 21 months to maintain most health in British Columbia open and we’re safely bringing it to British Columbians,” she stated.
The brand new yr is mostly the business’s greatest time to welcome individuals to the gymnasium, Hodson stated, so it is a “enormous blow” to the business and to British Columbians.
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On Tuesday, Provincial Well being Officer Dr Bonnie Henry stated officers knew gyms, health facilities and dance studios have been “sadly locations the place incidents of transmission have occurred and unfold to individuals in the neighborhood.”
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“So we have to go to a few of these essential distant assist for individuals,” she stated.
Hodgson stated he hasn’t seen any information on the rise in instances associated to gyms or health services and that he is aware of how essential train might be to psychological well being and social connection.
“Train is drugs. It is about our psychological well being. It is about our social connection,” she stated. “I’ve heard from docs, nurses, cops and firefighters that going to the gymnasium is the psychological healthiest for them for the following shift. There may be an outlet to be ready.”
Hodgson stated he expects this to be short-lived and added that companies are in dire want of monetary assist from the federal government.
However she needs to ensure British Columbians preserve shifting throughout the holidays both means.
“This isn’t the time to be sedentary or sit nonetheless,” she stated. “We have to preserve shifting ahead it doesn’t matter what.”
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Hodgson stated he thinks extra measures may have been taken to maintain health services open within the new yr slightly than shutting down companies altogether.
“However we are going to transfer ahead and we are going to create ways in which our members can keep energetic,” she stated. “And that is a very powerful factor.”
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