Now, although they appear to have complied with public health regulations, at least 61 people associated with the studio have been tested for the new coronavirus.
“They had done all sorts of things to eliminate the potential for proliferation,” Richardson told reporters. “Unfortunately, gyms are a higher risk area due to the fact that people usually take off their masks and breathe at a higher rate.”
Although Hamilton requires masks to be worn in most public places, the law includes an exemption for anyone “actively engaged in sports or fitness activities.”
In a recent Instagram post, SPINCO owners said they were “hesitant” to reopen after receiving the green light in July and would not resume classes “until it is safe to do so.” Health officials said the studio was temporarily closed and was cooperating fully with the investigation.
“We took all the measures offered by public health, we even added a few, and again the pandemic struck us again!”, Wrote the owners. SPINCO has more than a dozen locations throughout Canada.
As of Tuesday, 44 cases involving specific classes were found, Richardson said. Another 17 cases of “secondary cases” were found among other contacts.
The city will review fitness protocols, Richardson added on Tuesday, but in the meantime, “what seems to be the case is that you should wear this mask,” although government guidelines do not strictly require it.
“It’s still a good idea to do it to keep others safe,” she said.
People should also avoid “classes in which you have such a shout or music coaching.”
She declined to use the term “over-distributor” to describe the event, but said it was a “very big outbreak”.
“It’s worrying that it has expanded beyond the initial cases that were related to classes, but have, of course, been included in their home contacts and other contacts,” she said. “We keep looking at what this means, what we need to know about the exercises?”
The outbreak offers further evidence of the dangers of people gathering indoors without masks, as health experts warn that cases could jump further in the coming months as winter comes and outdoor gatherings and exercise will be more difficult. for maintenance.
In August, South Korea confirmed dozens of cases involving a Starbucks in the city of Paju, where many customers did not wear masks. Store employees wearing masks were not infected. The outbreak prompted Starbucks to limit its indoor seats in the country and encourage masks among patrons.
In other cases, the use of masks is attributed to the prevention of potential outbreaks. In May, after the reopening of a mask salon in Missouri that required masks, two stylists – who worked with more than 100 clients – tested positive for the virus. But masks were required inside the salon, and several dozen customers who chose to be tested after their potential exposure did not test positive.