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The long-established tennis club is the second local sports facility to close in less than a week, raising concerns that the public health measures Quebec has put in place to allow amateur sport to continue in the pandemic have failed to stop the spread of the coronavirus. .
On Monday, the owner of Hockey Montreal’s summer camp in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce told the Gazette that he had decided to close for the remainder of the season after a 23-year-old coach and “three or four ”teenagers have tested positive for the coronavirus. Eric Rayment said he initially reacted in disbelief to the news of the infections as he went far beyond what was required by public health guidelines to keep his club safe.
The Borough of Lachine has still not reopened three public swimming pools and a water park after at least three lifeguards tested positive following an initiation evening a few weeks ago. In addition, La Tribune reported on Wednesday that five Sherbrooke ball hockey players, aged 18 to 22, are infected.
Perhaps Quebeckers now have a better idea of why Deputy Prime Minister Geneviève Guilbault held a press conference on Monday to warn that “we are seeing a disturbing spike in contagion among adolescents and young adults.”
In his remarks, Guilbault focused on large house parties in violation of the 10-person private residence rule, urging young people not to share a beer or a hug. It is true that house celebrations, like a big party in Montérégie on June 28, have caused outbreaks. (Quebec health officials confirmed on Wednesday that an outbreak of 16 people was attributed to two parties last weekend.)