Popular fitness chain asks residents of Ontario’s COVID-19 hotspots not to come out for a workout

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TORONTO – Popular fitness chain is asking residents of Ontario’s COVID-19 hot spots not to travel to other jurisdictions for a workout after fitness facilities in Toronto, in Peel Region and Ottawa. On Saturday, the provincial government moved all three regions into a modified Stage 2 version, closing indoor dining rooms, cinemas and gymnasiums for the next 28 days.

In the past few days, residents of municipalities in the GTA that are currently not subject to additional restrictions say they have seen an increase in traffic to local gyms from people coming from outside the region.

Earlier this week, a video posted to Twitter showed a line of people wrapped around an LA Fitness location in Milton and a guest, who had traveled from Brampton, told CTV News Toronto they saw no issues. cross another region.

“I think if you follow all the guidelines, wear a mask, it shouldn’t be too bad,” he says.

LA Fitness has now issued a member advisory, urging people in all three regions not to travel to other gyms to work out.

“To be clear, if you live in a ‘hot spot’ area, we must ask you not to travel to visit LA Fitness clubs in areas outside of your own during the temporary shutdown. Let’s all work together to promote health and safety during this public health crisis, ”the statement read.

“LA Fitness has already frozen membership status for all members located in these higher transmission areas. This means that you will not be charged for the duration of this closure, that your membership is inactive, and that you should not be using LA Fitness clubs. ”

On Wednesday, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, Ontario’s associate chief medical officer of health, said the province is currently reviewing restrictions on gyms following a recent outbreak at a spin studio in Hamilton.

Officials confirm that 69 cases of COVID-19 have been linked to a SPINCO location on James Street.

“When it was first brought to my attention … I recommended that the public health measures team reconsider the guidelines for spin cycle locations and other types of gyms,” he said. Dr Barbara Yaffe told reporters Wednesday afternoon.

“Because… even though they are following the guidelines, there has obviously been a significant transmission, so I think we need to revisit the guidelines, and it’s underway.”

-With files from Phil Tsekouras and Miriam Katawazi

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