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RDCK re-opens indoor fitness centres, pre-registration required

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
July 21st, 2020

The Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is re-opening fitness centres in the region — Castlegar, Creston and Nelson — beginning Monday, July 27 the local government said Tuesday in a media release.

However, fitness enthusiasts need to have a bit of an organized schedule as the facilities are only available through advance bookings, with no drop-in patrons allowed.

“In order to use the weight room or fitness centre at your community complex of choice, users will reserve  a dedicated time slot to come into the facility to work out . . . no drop ins will be allowed,” the RDCK media release said.

“Each facility will offer specific times throughout the day for bookings and each session will have a maximum capacity to allow for strict physical distancing.”

The RDCK said the length of each workout session will also be restricted to 75 minutes at a cost $7, plus tax.

The RDCK said payment will only be accepted online.

To reserve (register), view hours of operation and availability, go to or phone your local recreation complex for more information.

  • Nelson & District Community Complex                   250-354-4386
  • Castlegar & District Community Complex              250-365-3386
  • Creston & District Community Complex                 250-428-7127

The RDCK is implementing safety procedures and guidelines that must be followed for indoor weight room access:

Before Arriving

  • Make a workout reservation (No drop-ins) online or over the phone up to 5 days in advance
  • No memberships or punch passes can be used
  • Cancellations (except for COVID-19 related symptoms)/no show are non-refundable
  • Complete the COVID-19 self-assessment tool
  • If you are sick, stay home
  • Must be a minimum of 13 years of age
  • Dress in your workout clothes (change rooms and lockers will not be accessible)
  • Do not bring valuables into the facility
  • Bring a water bottle filled (Refilling stations are available – no water fountains)

What to expect upon arrival

  • Please line up 2 meters apart at the main entrance (the doors will be closed)
  • A fitness technician will let you in 5 minutes before your workout reservation, escort and orient you to the fitness centre
  • You will sanitize your hands when entering the fitness centre (The RDCK recommends wearing a mask in the facility when you are not working out)
  • Everyone will get their own spray bottle and towel that is turned in at the end of their session for disinfection and laundry.
  • Follow all floor and wall signage that indicates direction of travel and spacing requirements
  • Be respectful to staff and other users by maintaining 2 meters physical distance at all times
  • No partner workouts will be permitted

The RDCK said it understands the impact of not having regular indoor recreation programming available; the goal is to re-open areas of the facilities that can be properly monitored and controlled, while abiding by COVID-19 policies and procedures.

“We are working hard to provide the best experience while keeping everyone safe and healthy,” said Joe Chirico, General Manager of Community Services.

“This is an important step toward many opportunities the RDCK could potentially offer moving into the fall.

“The goal is to expand the programs, facilities and get people moving while remaining safe.”

The RDCK said at this point, our indoor pools, meeting rooms and arenas will remain closed to the public, but staff is actively engaging community groups to prepare COVID-19 safety plans for these facilities.

The RDCK appreciates the patience of all our users as we implement a new service with COVID-19 policies and procedures in place.

Recreation and parks services will continue to be reviewed regularly as new information and protocols become available.

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