Residents in COVID-19 hotspots told not to travel to workout: Ford

Oct 15 2020, 6:16 pm

Premier Doug Ford told residents in provincial COVID-19 hotspots, that they should work out at home and not travel to other regions for fitness classes or gyms.

On Thursday, the premier said “try to work out at home. The big fitness clubs are saying they don’t want you to go there, so just try and work out at home.”

When asked if other jurisdictions might have to revert back to a modified Stage 2 like Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa, if people continue to travel outside of their hot spots Ford said, yes.

“If the spread continues the answer is yes. Look we can’t police 14.5 million people. Everyone has followed for the most part. So please just follow the guidelines and people should be better off.”

Health Minister Christine Elliot also said that when people in hotspots move to areas with lower case counts it can cause community transmission.

“We are watching every part of the province on a daily basis. We will take action if we need to.”

Elliot added that people must stay within their own regions and obey the rules, and regulations, affecting their local area.

“We want to bend the curb. If we have people traveling to get some of these services it will only add to our numbers and problems,” Elliot said.

On Wednesday, Ontario said that it is reviewing the COVID-19 guidelines in place for gyms and spin studios in the wake of the outbreak at SpinCo in Hamilton.

SpinCo has now officially borne 46 coronavirus infections among riders and staff, according to the City of Hamilton.

Last week, the premier announced that Toronto, Peel, and Ottawa would have more restrictions to curb the rise in cases.

Now indoor dining, gyms, and cinemas will be closed for the next month.

There will also be a reduction in social gatherings and organized public events to a maximum of 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors when physical distancing can’t be maintained.

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