October 14, 2020 at 11:12 AM EDT
A Canadian spin studio followed public health guidelines. But 61 people still caught the coronavirus.
By Antonia Farzan and Siobhán O’Grady
When a spin studio opened in the Canadian city of Hamilton in July, its owners took several measures to prevent an outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
They removed about half the studio’s stationary bikes to allow room for social distancing, Elizabeth Richardson, the city’s medical officer, said Tuesday. They ramped up sanitation measures. And riders were asked to wear their masks into the studio and only remove them while exercising, in accordance with local rules.
Now, despite appearing to have complied with public health regulations, at least 61 people linked to the studio have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
“They had done all sorts of things to remove the potential for spread,” Richardson told reporters. “Unfortunately, gyms are a higher-risk place because of the fact that generally people are taking off their masks, they’re breathing at a higher rate.”