Outdoor fitness classes resume in Ottawa as province enters Step One – About Your Online Magazine

Outdoor fitness classes are open in Ottawa as the capital moves to Step 1 of the COVID-19 reopening plan.

After months of blocking and with the first day of summer a week away, people now have the option of enjoying some company while exercising or taking a gym class.

At the Rideau Sports Center, CEO Nicki Bridgland says they used the time they were closed to create new spaces for outdoor activities and classes.

Bridgland wanted to be ready, whatever the provincial reopening looked like.

“It’s been so challenging, it’s exhausting and exhilarating,” said Bridgland. “We created this new outdoor yoga and fitness studio with 43 classes per week and the ability to book a personal trainer individually.”

Yoga instructor Anna Schulze is thrilled to be back in class leadership, helping her students improve their skills and reduce the stress in their lives. All outdoor classes are limited to 10 people, but she sees this as the first step in getting back to normal.

“It’s so amazing to see the reaction after class. They’re calm and they love the fact that we’re outdoors,” said Schilze. “I think a lot of times people don’t come to practice in the summer because they want to be outdoors, now they can do both.”

Bridgland says the investment in the new facility was worth it.

“Seeing people’s faces brings tears to their eyes as they go back to the property and see themselves and there’s that feeling of connection to others.” Bridgland said. “At the end of the day, it’s about health and well-being, but it’s also about human connection and bringing people together.”

Indoor health clubs remain closed in accordance with Step 1 of the Ontario reopening plan.

Along with outdoor fitness, here is a list of what you can do under Step One of the province’s reopening plan https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario in Ontario.

  • Outdoor dining for up to four people per table, with exceptions for larger families

  • Non-essential retail allowed at 15 percent capacity, no restrictions on goods that can be sold

  • Essential and other select retail allowed at 25 percent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold

  • Religious services, outdoor rites or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, limited to the number of people who can maintain a physical distance of two meters

  • Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor groups in personal training and individual / team outdoor sport training for up to 10 people

  • Movie drive-ins allowed to open

  • Day camps for children authorized to operate

  • Night camps at camps and campsites can be opened, including Ontario parks and short-term rentals

  • Outdoor horse racing tracks and highways can operate without spectators

  • Outdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks and historic sites may open with capacity and other restrictions.

  • Retail stores in malls must remain closed unless the stores have a street-facing entrance.

Paula Fonseca