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Two more points raised Friday in a virtual update by Dr Chris Mackie:
- Teams can only train or play games if they do not allow any contact between players
- Heavy breathing while playing sports, as opposed to walking around Costco, is a huge reason there is a greater risk of the spread of COVID-19
The public health order, which goes into effect at 12:01 am Saturday, also requires people to adhere to provincial laws to reopen Stage 3. The legislation includes a ban on contact sports, physical distancing for players. at any time and restrictions on league play.
The health unit’s revised restrictions on gyms come after an outbreak at a Hamilton SpinCo fitness studio was linked to 80 cases of COVID-19 there. Officials say the fitness center was following all public health guidelines when the outbreak was declared earlier this month.
The London area rules for gymnasiums and leisure facilities are aimed at preventing a similar event from happening here, Mackie said on Wednesday.
The London area reported 10 new cases of COVID-19 on Friday. Seven of the new cases involve people under 40. Of the 1,081 cases of COVID-19 in the London area reported to date, 953 have recovered. London and Middlesex County have 69 active cases.
Since the start of September, the London area has recorded 339 new cases of COVID-19 and two deaths, the first death from coronavirus since June 10.