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Henry ordered all gyms and rotating businesses to close on April 15, less than a month after the province’s COVID-19 public health emergency was declared. That order was lifted five weeks later, subject to companies complying with a list of rules and regulations aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 at these facilities.
Although Henry did not reintroduce ordinances banning gyms and spin businesses, she said she had heard of spin classes in Ontario, where 60 people had been infected. She said that in British Columbia there had been cases where up to 30 people who had attended a spinning class had fallen ill.
A spokesperson for the Vancouver park board told Postmedia News that all spinning classes at the city’s facilities have been canceled.
Henry said no COVID-19-related deaths were reported between noon Wednesday and noon Thursday, and that there were 3,389 active cases of the disease – of which 97 were being treated in hospital, including 24 in care intensive.
She said the cases reported Thursday were based on 11,020 tests – a positive test rate of 3.8%, which is an increase in recent weeks. Fraser Health continues to account for the bulk of cases at over 60%.
There are 30 active outbreaks in healthcare settings, including two new ones at Tabor Home (its second outbreak) in Abbotsford and Pinegrove Nursing Home in Richmond.
Henry said the outbreak at École de l’Anse-au-sable in Kelowna was over. This was the first outbreak reported in a school in British Columbia, although there have been hundreds of exposures to COVID-19 in schools across the province.