Calgary restaurant and fitness clubs closed due to COVID-19 concerns

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CALGARY – With a group of COVID-19 cases linked to a Calgary restaurant and several cases linked to a few fitness centers, some are wondering if Alberta could soon revert to stricter measures. Five cases of COVID-19 have been linked by Alberta health services to the downtown Calgary Cactus Club – two staff and three clients – and two cases of virus have been linked to the RIDE CYCLE CLUB, including including employees of other fitness centers. As a result, several companies have decided to temporarily close and have urged recent customers to consider getting tested.

“Although AHS did not mandate it, we decided to voluntarily close this place as a precaution to ensure everyone’s health,” said the Cactus Club spokesperson in a statement.

He added that the restaurant would undergo a thorough cleaning of the restaurant and would probably reopen early next week.

Anyone who has visited the Cactus Club restaurant on Stephen Avenue between July 2 and 10 is encouraged to watch for symptoms and contact the health authorities if necessary.

YYC Cycle asks anyone who has visited their studios since July 2 to do the same.

“We heard about a possible studio that will soon open in Calgary and once that happened, we realized that two of our employees may have attended these private lessons,” said Andrew Obrecht, co-owner of YYC Cycle.

“After that, we discovered that two staff members were positive for COVID. ”

He said the companies have chosen to close until the weekend and have been contacting recent customers.

“We heard from AHS that due to the protocols and procedures in our studios, the riders who would be in the classes in which these staff were located would not have been considered high risk, but of course we would not can take no risk. ”

Other fitness centers that have also chosen to close temporarily due to possible staff exposure include Rhythym Ride and Kult Fitness.

The latest clusters come as Alberta has seen the number of new cases in the province above 80 each of the past few days.

An infectious disease specialist has said that many are wary of a “second wave,” but in science the numbers don’t always make it clear.

“I’m not sure we’ll ever see these classic waves where we have a level of infection going down to zero and then another big hike,” said Craig Jenne of the Cumming School of Medicine.

“Unfortunately, he is still in our community, so we will continue to see epidemics. The key right now is to keep them small. ”

He said the difference about the daily number of cases now compared to March is that positive measures such as masks, social distancing and tests are now in place.

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