BARRIE, ONT. – After months of closings and lockdowns, fitness facilities prepare to open as the province moves into the next phase of its reopening plan.
“We are really looking forward to welcoming people back. It’s been a long time since we’ve had anything that looks like normal, ”said Tammy Kliewer, general manager of GoodLife Fitness.
On Friday, Ontario moves to Step 3, five days ahead of schedule.
This next level means that fitness studios and recreational fitness facilities can now be used to 50 percent capacity.
“We are all lacking huge components of the things that keep us in the best of physical and mental health, and these facilities are one of them,” said Kliewer.
Fitness isn’t the only industry preparing to welcome people back.
Indoor dining in restaurants is also returning with no capacity restrictions as long as guests are physically distant.
“We’re looking forward to the opening. It’s been a long time. It’s been a tough drive,” said Il Buco Ristorante’s owner, Enrico Angelucci.
Like many restaurants during the pandemic, Il Buco has suffered a financial blow and new challenges are emerging in an effort to prepare for more customers.
“Some employees have been doing other things and there aren’t many people looking for work,” said Angelucci.
Still, Angelucci says the provincial green light brings a sense of normalcy, although he believes the road to recovery will not be an easy one.
“We lost a lot of money and invested a lot more money, but we can only hope and work hard,” said Angelucci.
Full details of the content allowed in Step 3 of the Ontario Roadmap to Reopening can be found here.