No, they are not, and that is worse. They are empty and disused now, nobody is even bothering to kerchunk them nowadays, you can go for hours hearing nothing but the CW identifiers! I live in a city of a million people, part of a conurbation twice the size, and the amount of repeater traffic is derisory. I never had much time for repeaters myself, but I am a little sad to see all the effort and technology that went into the repeater network going to waste. Still,. it is what it is, it would not make sense in my view to attempt to revitalise repeaters by sacrificing the principles of the SOTA program. Furthermore, it probably wouldn’t even work.
Repeaters have had their day, they have become obsolete.