Going to fitness centres during COVID-19

COVID-19 Restart: fitness centres

Most fitness centres are open. We’re working with community centre associations to reopen the remaining fitness centres.

We're expanding our hours of operations to offer new fitness sessions. The safety of our sessions is still our number one priority; the number of people at each session will not change and we will maintain our heightened cleaning protocols. 

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COVID-19 safety measures

To encourage physical distancing and keep everyone safe, we're:

  • Reducing the number of people who can use the fitness centre at a time
  • Limiting people to a single one-hour workout session per day
  • Adding extensive signage to educate people on new processes, procedures, and safety measures
  • Training staff on new safety protocols
  • Screening staff daily for their health
  • Reducing the amount of fitness equipment and spacing it apart into training pods
  • Deep-cleaning the entire fitness centre twice per day and sanitizing high-touch areas more often
  • Providing hand sanitizer throughout the fitness centre

General safety practices

Stay home if you are sick. By entering our facilities, you are declaring that you are in good health.

Take the BC Health self-assessment if you are unsure

  • Masks are mandatory in our facilities at all the times with the exception of those under the age of 12. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided at the front desk.
  • Masks may be temporarily removed when participating in sports and fitness.
  • Respect and follow staff directions, queuing procedures, and posted signage at all times.
  • Maintain 2 metres distance or more from others at all times.
  • Sites will have designated entrances and exits with one-way flow of traffic.
    • Not all traditional entrances and exits will be available.
    • Look for signage on walls and floors.

Plan your visit

What you need to know before you arrive:

  • Leave your valuables at home. Lockers will not be available.
  • Wear clean workout clothes. Change rooms are not available.
  • Washrooms are available during your session.
  • Bring your own pre-filled water bottle. Water filling stations are available.
  • Consider wearing a mask when you're not doing intense exercise.
  • Arrive on time for your workout session, no earlier than 15 minutes before.
  • If you're late and registered for a session that:
    • Is full, your place will go to a drop-in customer. There are no refunds for late arrivals.
    • Is not full, ask staff for instructions

​​​​​​​Visit the fitness centre

When you arrive, here's what to expect:

  • Use the designated entrance and follow the entry and exit signs.
  • Don't gather in common areas.
  • Enter a training pod only when it's available – if a customer is using it, give them space.
  • Only share equipment between sets ("work in") with people from your household.
  • Keep equipment in its own training pod – don't move it.
  • Ask staff for help if you need anything.
  • Exit the fitness centre at the end of your workout session so we can disinfect the fitness centre for the next customers.

Customers who don't follow the rules and safety guidelines of the fitness centre may be asked to leave without a refund or prevented from registering for future sessions.


Refunds are only available when requested by 3pm on the day before your session (by Friday 3pm for weekend sessions). Call the recreation facility where your session takes place.

If you do not show up for your session, there will be no refund. If you arrive after the start time of your session:

  • Your space could be sold to a drop-in customer. If the session is full, you will not be given admission and will not get a refund.
  • If the session is not full, you may be permitted entry; ask staff for instructions. 

​​​​​​​Find the phone number for your recreation facility

​​​​​​Register online for one-hour workout sessions

Registration opens three days in advance, and closes 30 minutes before the session starts. ​​​​​​​  Effective February 16, 2021, you will be limited to booking one session per person per day. Any additional sessions you have booked in a day will be cancelled.

Most fitness centres have 12 spots for online registration for each one-hour session.

 Tip: In the registration system, filter workout sessions by location(s) to get sessions at your preferred fitness centre.

Flexipasses and 10-visit passes are accepted for online session registration and facility drop-ins. Flexipass holders can now contact a recreation facility to reactivate pass, request a credit on account, receive a refund, or keep pass suspended temporarily.

Register now​​​​​​​​​​​​

Drop-in admission

  • Each one-hour session has 3 openings for drop-in admission.
  • We strongly recommend to pay by credit card or debit card. Some fitness centres may not accept cash at certain times.
  • Flexipass and Canadian Sport Institute Gymworks™ passes are not accepted at this time. 10-visit passes are accepted for drop-in admission only.

Leisure Access Program (LAP)

  • The 50% discount is automatically applied to City of Vancouver residents who are currently enrolled in LAP.
  • Ensure that your account is set up correctly and that your pass is linked to your current account.
  • Email recreation@vancouver.ca if you have a problem with your account.
  • If you don't have an OneCard or you're not a current LAP member, you will need to pay the regular admission fee.
  • Bring your OneCard when you arrive at the fitness centre.

Fitness consultations and programs

Free consultations, indoor cycling programs, and specialty programs are not available at this time.

Personal training

Personal training is available at Champlain HeightsCreekside, and Dunbar​​​​​​​ fitness centres. For information about Champlain Heights, email casey.lefler@vancouver.ca. For Creekside and Dunbar, email michele.rideout@vancouver.ca.