COVID-19: The Alberta Fitness Industry Responds To The Latest Public Health In Ontario – Calgary
On the same day that the Ontario government announced that fitness centers were being closed as part of new health measures to prevent the further spread of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the Alberta Canadian Fitness Industry Council representative believed such a situation would be in Alberta could be very harmful.
“There are a lot of operators who can barely hold out,” says Scott Wildeman. “They’re still trying to dig their way out of the time they were last closed.”
Local gym owners in Calgary reflect Wildeman’s mood.
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Martin Venneri leads F45 in Marda Loop. He says that while there are always concerns that Alberta may follow in another province’s footsteps, he believes the measures in place keep people safe.
“In conversations with members and the business community, people are confident that the Alberta government won’t mess with us this time around [Restrictions Exemption Program]. “
The spread of Omicron is the latest in a series of setbacks the fitness industry has faced since the pandemic began, including a series of closings since March 2020.
However, the recent surge in cases doesn’t seem to stop people from putting their New Year’s resolutions into practice.
“We noticed in the last week that the phone was ringing and the e-mail was bouncing,” says Venneri. “It looks like some people are ready to get back in shape.”
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Emily Slaneff, founder of CrushCamp, believes the pandemic has resulted in more people adopting healthy lifestyles.
“Their routines were kind of messed up because of COVID … they were pushed in … gyms were closed,” says Slaneff. “I think a lot of people are back to where they’re ready to move again.”
Wildeman says if the gyms seem unusually quiet for the week of January, it doesn’t necessarily reflect the state of the industry.
He points out that many parents have had to change their daily routine because the children are not yet back in school.
When asked about the possibility of further restrictions in fitness centers, a spokesman for the health ministry said it is continuing to monitor the situation closely and will consider further measures if necessary to maintain the capacities in our health system.
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