At least 69 people have been infected with the coronavirus in a city in Ontario, Canada, after a series of activities in a cycling studio led to an outbreak, although there were many safety protocols.
Public health services in Hamilton announced the outbreak on October 5, officials said in a statement to DNES. The virus had spread among Spinco staff and patrons for several days before, from September 28 to October 4. As of Wednesday, there were 46 confirmed cases among people who were directly infected with Spinco and 23 secondary confirmed cases. Public health services have identified at least 1
“We are very concerned about the number of positive cases, the scale of this outbreak and the impact it has had on our community,” Hamilton’s Dr. Elizabeth Richardson said in a statement.
Safety protocols introduced during classes that allow outbreaks include: keeping bicycles more than 6 feet away, less than 50% capacity in the studio, and cleaning rooms within 30 minutes of the end of the class. However, masks were required only until the participants were fastened on motorcycles and immediately after the end of the training.
At this stage of Hamilton’s reopening, face coats are only required in public when people cannot maintain a physical distance of at least 2 meters according to local opening guidelines. This applies to both internal and external settings.
Richardson told a media briefing on Tuesday that he was hesitant to call Spinco’s classes “super distributors,” but she said it was “a very big outbreak…. the exercises. “
Spinco said in a statement shared on Instagram that it has been closed since October 5 and will remain so until “it is safe to reopen.” Spinco staff did not immediately respond to a request TODAY for comment on when this could be or if they plan to change their safety protocols.
Hamilton, Ontario, is not a hot spot, with only about 1,400 cases among 579,000 residents since the beginning of the pandemic. Public health services are “currently working with other levels of government” to consider whether to change indoor training regulations, but there is currently “nothing specific,” a DNES official said in an email.
“I think there is still some concern about indoor exercise, even at a distance of 2 meters, as studies show that more droplets are released during vigorous exercise and during shouting or strenuous training, both of which are common to this type of activity, “Richardson said.
This story has been updated to include a follow-up email from Hamilton Public Health.