The owners of training rooms have welcomed the announcement of the reductions in the orange zone with reserve, since they would have liked certain activities to be also authorized throughout Quebec.
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Prime Minister François Legault announced on Tuesday the reopening of fitness centers in the orange zone from February 8 while keeping those located in the red zone closed. Group classes remain prohibited in the province.
“We welcome this news with joy and we see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is most encouraging. I would have liked to see bigger, especially that they reintroduce kinesiologists in the gyms even in the red zone, but it is a good start ”, reacted the vice-president of the Énergie Cardio network, Éveline Canape, who will see two of its 27 branches reopen following these changes, in Chicoutimi and Jonquière.
It is difficult to understand why the government has not given the green light to individual private lessons offered by a kinesiologist in compliance with health measures, as seen in physiotherapy in particular.
“We still do not understand why the health professional cannot practice in the gyms. We still do not have an answer and it remains something incomprehensible to us, ”she pleaded.
Badly received decision
For Gabriel Hardy, who acts as the provincial spokesperson for the Canadian Council for the Fitness Industry (CCIP) which represents more than a third of the 667 establishments with a health studio license in Quebec, question marks remain. despite the positive news for residents in the orange zone.
“I am very happy for the people in the orange zone who will be able to resume their activities and embark on the health battle to defeat COVID and improve the health of the population.
“That said, I am surprised that the Prime Minister says he is for the reopening of sport, but that Public Health does not want, knowing that studies and science show the benefits of sport to lessen the impacts on our health system” , said the owner of Le Chalet gym in Quebec.
According to him, the national director of public health, Dr Horacio Arruda is on the wrong track by devoting his time to prioritizing the reopening of shops and beauty salons rather than authorizing sports activities.
“There is a doctor who advises the government which puts shopping centers before training centers and sport […] It’s a funny message, I think, that your aesthetics and your exterior appearance are more important than your physical and mental health, ”pointed out Mr. Hardy.
Similar sentiment to Tennis Quebec
Since team sports remain prohibited indoors, tennis can resume service, but for Tennis Quebec, the announced deconfinement was not encouraging.
“In reality, only two indoor centers will be able to reopen, in Rimouski and Saguenay. We would have liked tennis to be allowed in the red zone as it was before the Holidays. There were no outbreaks. Our centers have followed the instructions to the letter and there is sufficient space. I can’t believe tennis is more dangerous than the mall or the [magasins] large area ”, protested the director general of the federation, Jean-François Manibal.