“Usually you walk in as soon as it’s open. In the last few days, since Toronto closed on Saturday, there have been queues around the corner, ”Pirjanian said.
“Having people from other places that are at high risk of COVID obviously and coming to a place like a gym, where you sweat and where you are easily at risk of being transferred from one person to another is a risk to my family. “
CBC News obtained video of the long lines filmed early one morning outside the Markham LA fitness center.
Pirjanian said it was frustrating and concerning for members who regularly use the location. He added that his family members were considered to be at high risk of becoming seriously ill if they were infected with COVID-19, and that he had been careful and followed public health guidelines.
CBC Toronto asked LA Fitness headquarters for comment on Tuesday, but so far it has not responded.
A director of the Markham facility who declined to be named, however, said there was no protocol in place to prevent members from Toronto from coming to the facility to train.
Members able to circumvent a “very easy loophole”
When the province tightened restrictions, LA Fitness members saw their membership frozen. But to unlock their memberships, they simply have their tags scanned at a club that’s accessible to them, the manager told CBC Toronto.
“It’s a very easy loophole for these members to work around,” the manager said.
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Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti, when asked about the issue, said it was a matter of corporate responsibility.
“If, in fact, this is true and is happening, I find it absolutely ridiculous that a company that promotes health and good lifestyles is actually going against that same philosophy by welcoming people. other regions, ”Scarpitti said.
Other franchise gyms in Markham, including GoodLife Fitness, do not allow Toronto members to use the facilities.
Ryan Salvador, studio director at Orangetheory Fitness in Markham, said the gym prevents people from out of town from booking.
“We catch these people in advance,” Salvador said. “The bottom line is that we do our part to flatten the curve and keep everyone safe.