A bicycle studio called SpinCo is the latest source of a coronavirus outbreak after at least 72 people linked to a site in Ontario, Canada, tested positive for the virus.
The SpinCo explosion, which affected both patrons and staff, occurred despite the fact that the studio followed various safety protocols.
The studio had less than 50% capacity, the bikes were placed more than 6 feet apart, the rooms were cleaned after hours and the masks were worn before and after training.
“We are very concerned about the number of positive cases, the scale of this outbreak and the impact it has had on our community,” said local medical doctor Elizabeth Richardson in a statement.
This location of SpinCo is temporarily closed, the company said.
As coronavirus restrictions have been eased by some states in the United States, similar outbreaks in fitness centers have begun to emerge.
In Elmhurst, Illinois, an outbreak of an 18-person coronavirus forced the Orangetheory Fitness Center to close briefly, forcing the Orangetheory to update its safety and cleaning measures.
A training center in San Diego called “The Gym” has also been linked to a series of positive cases of coronavirus, according to CNN.
Fitness centers were considered “riskier” areas for the transmission of viruses by Dr. Anthony Fauci, and many were forced to work at a lower capacity during the pandemic, with some closing their doors completely.
Several fitness brands have filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy following the pandemic, including Gold’s Gym, Town Sports International and 24 Hour Fitness. The International Association for Health, Rockets and Sports Clubs (IHRSA) says at least a quarter of U.S. fitness centers could close by the end of the year if current restrictions continue.
These closures have disproportionately damaged small businesses.
More than 80% of the approximately 50,000 health and fitness clubs in the United States are small businesses, according to IHRSA. In 2019, the fitness industry hired 3 million trainers, instructors and other workers, according to the Associated Press.
In recent days, France and the United Kingdom have imposed stricter restrictions on the spread of the coronavirus, and if the United States adopts such tactics, as colder weather could soon force more people indoors, gyms could continue to suffer.