Mattawa entering fitness centre business

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The Town of Mattawa is flexing its wellness muscles by entering the fitness centre business beginning February 2021.

Council confirmed the plan this week after agreeing to buy $20,000 in equipment from 24/7 Fitness Centre, which operated in the basement of the Mattawa Voyageur Curling Club until closing March 17 due to COVID restrictions. The curling club decided in October to shut down for the season as well.

Francine Desormeau, chief administrative officer/treasurer, said Tuesday they will shift the duties of the wellness manager on staff to operate the centre. She said provincial health protocols will be followed with arena staff, which have reduced workloads due pandemic-related decreases in ice rentals, available to “fog” the fitness area with disinfectant as required.

Desormeau said the previous operators ran the fitness centre with members given a “key fob” to use when wanted but that system doesn’t work under pandemic rules. Restrictions on numbers of people allowed at one time and regular cleaning between sessions will be part of the system. Details are to be announced.

Mayor Dean Backer, during the meeting, said acquiring the fitness centre assets is a “great thing …I’m looking forward to it opening by February.”

Dave Dale is a Local Journalism Reporter with BayToday.ca. LJI is funded by the Government of Canada.

Dave Dale, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca