COVID-19 update: Group indoor fitness activities temporarily paused in accordance with Health Order


The City of Vernon continues to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation in BC and make adjustments, as necessary, to comply with directives and orders from B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer (PHO), senior levels of government and WorkSafe BC.

On March 29, an update was provided from the PHO on province-wide restrictions, ordering that all indoor, adult group fitness activities be paused. Additionally, gyms and fitness centres are now restricted to individual or one-on-one activities only (i.e., one-on-one personal training).

The changes will be in effect as of 11:59 p.m. on March 29, 2021 (tonight).

“Today’s changes do impact some of the programs we offer through Recreation Services, however, our team is already in the process of contacting those individuals who were registered for adult group fitness programs to make them aware of the cancellations,” said Doug Ross, Director, Recreation Services.
Individual participation for adults in activities such as swimming, fitness gym, walking, and public skating are not affected at this time. 

Youth activities are not affected and will be going ahead as scheduled.

“We know that physical activity and recreation are paramount during this time, so we strongly encourage everyone to continue getting outside and staying active however possible, within the boundaries of the provincial health guidelines and orders,” said Ross. “We have beautiful parks and trails available in the Greater Vernon area and now that spring has arrived, we are getting more daylight hours and the temperature is getting warmer so we can enjoy these spaces even more.” 

For updates on recreation opportunities and to pre-register for individual activities, please visit the Greater Vernon Recreation Services website at