COVID-19: Fitness centres and yoga studios temporarily closing, with some offering online instruction

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      For those seeking to use the numerous closures as a time to exercise will need to seek out alternative options outdoors or online, as numerous gyms, studios, and exercise facilities temporarily shutter across the Lower Mainland during the COVID-19 pandemic.

      Among all of the closures are the following fitness centres and yoga studios.

      YMCA of Greater Vancouver, which serves Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and Sunshine Coast, announced on March 16 that it would close all of its health, fitness, and aquatic centres today (March 17).

      All memberships will be put on hold and automatic payments have been paused.

      Their childcare centres will remain open as an essential service, unless public health officials inform them otherwise.

      Spring break camps will remain open until Friday (March 20).

      A decision about whether or not the camps will continue to operate will be made in the next few days.

      As the YMCA is a charity, it is accepting donations.

      Yyoga decided to temporarily close as of March 16, with all memberships put on hold.

      This yoga company offers online content and on-demand classes through Yyoga at Home, and is exploring other live-streaming class options to be provided on Instagram or YouTube.

      The studios are expected to remain closed for a minimum of one week.

      Similarly, Oxygen Yoga and Fitness is closing all of its locations, which it announced on March 16, but a reopening date wasn't noted.

      However, they are offering online instruction on their Facebook page. 

      Semperviva Yoga also announced on March 16 that it is closing its locations. All memberships have been put on hold. A reopening time frame wasn't specified.

      Steve Nash Fitness World and Sports Clubs announced today that they will temporarily close all locations as of 8 p.m. tonight until March 31. All member payments and services will be frozen during this period.

      However, the company will be providing fitness workouts to do at home via Facebook and YouTube. 

      Orange Theory announced the closure of its corporate-owned studios on March 16 while asking franchisees to speak with advisors about whether to close or not. Member fees for all closed studios have been suspended.

      A list of closed studios is available at their website

      Each day, however, the company will be offering an online video for home workouts. 

      The company says it aims to reopen locations on March 31. 

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