A cycling studio called SpinCo is the latest source of a coronavirus outbreak after at least 72 people linked to a single location in Ontario, Canada, tested positive for the virus.
The SpinCo outbreak, which affected both stakeholders and staff, took place despite the fact that the studio adheres to various safety protocols.
The studio is in less than 50% capacity, the bikes are placed more than 6 feet away, the rooms are cleaned after class, and the masks are worn before and after the workout.
“We are very concerned about the number of positive cases, the magnitude of this outbreak and its impact on our community,” said local medical official Dr. Elizabeth Richardson in the statement.
That SpinCo location is temporarily closed, the company announced.
As coronavirus-related restrictions were reduced by some US states, similar outbreaks in fitness centers began to pop up.
In Elmhurst, Ill., An 18-year outbreak of coronavirus forced the closure of an Orangetheory Fitness center, forcing Orangetheory to update safety and cleanup measures.
A San Diego workout center called “The Gym” has also been linked to a series of positive coronavirus cases, according to CNN.
Fitness centers are considered “higher risk” areas for Dr. virus transmission. Anthony Fauci, and many were forced to work in lower capacities during the pandemic, with some closing their doors completely.
Many fitness brands have filed for Chapter 11 pandemic losses including Gold’s Gym, Town Sports International and 24 Hour Fitness. The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) has claimed at least a quarter of US fitness centers that could be closed by the end of the year if current restrictions continue.
These closures do not properly hurt small businesses.
More than 80% of the approximately 50,000 health and fitness clubs in the US are small businesses, according to IHRSA. In 2019, the fitness industry will employ 3 million trainers, instructors and other workers, according to the Associated Press.
In recent days, France and the United Kingdom have implemented stricter restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus, and whether the US has embraced similar tactics because colder weather could force more people inside of home, gyms can continue to suffer.