Some fitness facilities in Red Deer will require proof of vaccination – Red Deer Advocate
Some Red Deer fitness companies will implement Alberta’s restriction exemption program on Monday.
In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Alberta has declared a public health emergency and announced the program, which requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination, a negative PCR result or rapid test within 72 hours of service or medical exemption documentation.
Businesses that choose to implement the restriction exemption program must continue to meet mandatory indoor masking requirements, but can operate without capacity or operating restrictions. There are more stringent restrictions for companies that choose not to implement the program.
Breathing Room Yoga + Psycle will require proof of vaccination for those who come to the studio, the company said on Facebook on Thursday.
“One of our key values is inclusiveness. Another is security. At this point, we need to focus on the safety part – in the spirit of yoga, we need to practice AHIMSA; the act of doing no harm, ”a post on the company’s Facebook page said Thursday.
“We need to protect our business, but also our community as a whole. We must choose an approach that does the greatest good for the greatest number. We sincerely hope that this approach will provide comfort to those who are vaccinated and choose to come to classes in person. “
Love Grace Yoga, a studio in Red Deer, will also require proof of vaccination for anyone attending classes in person.
“We could again close our doors to in-person yoga or participate in the restriction exemption program. After being closed for 10 out of 18 months, closing our doors would be devastating for us, ”said a post on the Love Grace Yoga Facebook page.
“One of our most important foundations over the past six years has been to be inclusive – come as you are, no matter what, everyone is welcome. It breaks my heart that at the moment this cannot be the case. “
Orangetheory Fitness Red Deer will require proof of vaccination or a negative PCR or rapid test, as well as official authorized identification, before attending a class.
The company will accept evidence of a single dose, as long as the dose was given two weeks or more before the time of service, until Oct. 25, Orangetheory Fitness Red Deer said in a Facebook post last Thursday.
“These measures will be in place for the foreseeable future and we ask for your patience as we move to this new system over the next few days,” the Facebook post said.
“OTF Canada is working on a solution that will allow members to allow us to indicate that we have seen proof of vaccination on their account, however, in the meantime, we are asking members to bring proof of vaccination for each visit one of these classes.
“For those who are not medically eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, we will accept a doctor’s note from a medical exemption stating that you should not be vaccinated. “
Not all fitness facilities in Red Deer will implement the government program.
Anytime Fitness in South Red Deer announced on Saturday that it will not require proof of vaccination to enter the gym.
In a Facebook post, the gymnasium said “in order to move forward we will need to implement the restrictions set out by the Government of Alberta when operating at (one-third) of capacity to protect our members, our team and doing our part to understand the stress and overload our healthcare workers are under and do what we can to be safe and prevent the spread. “
For more information on the Restriction Waiver Program, visit www.alberta.ca/covid-19-public-health-actions.aspx.
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