Allow Canadian gyms to reopen immediately! Fitness is an essential service for our health!

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May 2020: The very extended closure of gyms and fitness centres in Manitoba and the rest of Canada has had a very significant negative impact on mental and physical health of many community members around our province. Consistently for over a month now public health data has shown the curve is near completely flat in Manitoba and many other provinces, and yet the government has opened shopping malls but refuses to open gyms which are essential facilities for our physical and mental health. I have written to our local MLA and will be drafting a letter to the premiers office, the minister of health, and all sitting Members of the Legislative Assembly.

 

The closure of gyms for an extended period of time has severely affected my mental health, and has done the same to many others. The government refuses to provide a reason for keeping them closed and will not provide even a tentative date for reopening them. Protocols have been out in place in many other areas around the world to allow gyms to open, and considering our curve is flattened, this should be allowed. We want the government to recognize the need to have these essential facilities open. They are significantly safer than shopping malls and can be limited to certain hours and occupancy limits. 

it’s time for the government to recognize this. Lets create change together! If we don’t succeed, the mental and physical health of many people in our province and country is going to continue to suffer. 

- Matthew Boux, a very concerned citizen.

 

UPDATE: October 2020: once again gyms appear to be closing in many areas of the country, please share and sign this petition to prevent this from happening again for an extended period of time! We need to keep them open.

 

UPDATE- NOVEMBER 10th 2020

I am extremely disheartened to see that the Manitoba government has closed all gyms yet again. This lockdown has no basis in science either. The science proves that gyms are an effective and low risk way to stay healthy and even fight viruses. Politicians insisting on shutting us down is incredibly unfair. I ask for your support in signing the petition to help fix this. Thank you.

 

Nov 16 2020: we’ve made the local paper, but we have to keep pushing. So far the government has refused to recognize our needs. We must keep sharing and supporting! Write your local MLA’s and MP’s, and let’s get this issue tabled in the commons and the legislature.