Provincial health orders on gatherings, events, and food- and liquor-serving premises have been extended

Gyms that offer fitness classes to adults will not be able to open first thing Tuesday (January 18) morning

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      Shortly before B.C. health orders were set to expire, the province has announced an extension.

      It means bars, nightclubs, and lounges that do not serve meals will have to remain closed. 

      Indoor dining will continue to be offered with a maximum of six people per table and two metres or physical barriers between tables.

      Customers who are dining in must remain seated and cannot visit other tables. Plus, no dancing is allowed.

      Gyms at hotels and apartments are permitted to remain open but adult individual and group fitness or exercise activities in gyms continue to be prohibited. The order also extends the ban on dance classes at dance studios.

      Meanwhile, the Vancouver park board is offering fitness to vaccinated youths from ages 13 to 18.

      Health Minister Adrian Dix tweeted that the previous December 22 orders that imposed these restrictions were set to expire at 12:01 a.m. on January 18.

      "Dr. [Bonnie] Henry will be providing an update on the new orders on Tuesday, January 18—this updated order was made to ensure the order remained in place until Dr. Henry spoke about them on Tuesday," Dix wrote.