An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
THE IMPORTANCE of physical activity and mental wellness has become obvious during the COVID-19 pandemic but there are limits on how we achieve that.
Some gyms in Kamloops and elsewhere in B.C. refuse to close their doors despite an order from Dr. Bonnie Henry that they must do so at least until Jan. 18. On Tuesday, Henry re-stated her insistence that gyms must close, yet there’s no sign of enforcement.
The gyms say they should be declared an essential service, and that they must stay open for the good of their clients. It goes without saying, perhaps — and for the good of their business.
There’s no question that those deprived of their daily dose of intense exercise when gyms close feel the effects. It doesn’t take long to start feeling out of sorts.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.