RRC to keep fitness facilities closed

By Bryce Hunt

Students will have to get their exercise off-campus as RRC’s gyms stay closed through the rest of the winter semester./RED RIVER COLLEGE

Gyms and fitness facilities at RRC will keep their doors locked, despite new regulations that would allow them to reopen.

The decision comes after the Manitoba government announced gyms, fitness centres, and yoga studios can reopen at 25 per cent capacity.

Conor Lloyd, the director of public relations at RRC, said the college has no immediate plans to reopen the gyms.

“Access to our campuses remains restricted as part of our current operational response level,” said Lloyd. 

“This approach ensures that we can maintain a safe working and learning environment for our employees and students required to be on campus without increasing foot traffic.”

The facilities have been closed since last March, and some students are eager for them to reopen.

 “I think we are all craving physical activity after being inside all year,” said Liam De Leon, an Aircraft Maintenance Engineering student.

“I was hoping the facilities would open up now that restrictions are loosened, but I understand the college’s decision.”

De Leon said he has a membership at a public gym because the campus gyms are closed.

The campuses’ fitness facilities contain cardio machines, strength training equipment, and an indoor walking track.

Students had the opportunity to keep their minds sharp between classes by lifting weights or going for a run. Business Administration student Kris Hrom said the facilities are important to students’ mental health.

“Working out is a great way to relieve the stress brought in from school,” said Hrom.

With the facilities closed, Hrom said he hasn’t been as active as he usually is.

“The most exercise I have been able to do is taking my dogs for a walk. I have a lot of extra built-up energy.” 

To comply with the government’s reopening plan, the college would have to limit the gym’s capacity to 25 per cent, supply cleaning equipment, and make masks mandatory.

The University of Manitoba’s Active Living Centre and Joe Doupe Recreation Centre have opened following the government’s new regulations. The future of RRC’s fitness facilities for next semester are unknown.